Parent-Teacher Connection Program
The Parent-Teacher Connection Program (P-TCP), a program of Gesell Institute of Child Development in collaboration with New Haven Public Schools, is an early intervention tool which works to support Head Start children transitioning into Kindergarten. Since 2008, our Liaisons have worked alongside parents and teachers to assure optimal success in the early years.
Through home visits and one-to-one classroom guidance, we create customized goals that are tailored toward the unique abilities and interests of each individual child and family. The program personalizes each educational plan with the objective of building on each child's strengths to promote progress and growth in all areas of development. The Institute strives to improve communication between the home and school, always considering the child to be the primary focus. Through these efforts, families and teachers become partners in educating the child, families learn to effectively communicate with the school, children progress toward their identified goals, and students ultimately enter Kindergarten prepared to succeed.
In 2012, additional program components were added to increase opportunities for parents to learn about child development, with a focus on kindergarten transition and preparedness. To deliver this information to the families, a unique curriculum was developed by the P-TCP staff. It offers center-based workshops to support parent awareness in the areas of early literacy, communication, and play skills.
The READ-TALK-PLAY workshops are designed to offer parents an open forum to share ideas and concerns regarding their child's development. The feedback received from parents who have participated in the P-TCP program has consistently been positive. Parents have become active participants in the education of their children.
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Updated July 31, 2012