Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program
The Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program was established in March 2012 to help preschool-aged children and parents develop skills and behaviors needed in kindergarten. The volunteer-based home tutoring program is offered to eligible families for two years from the time children are 3-5 years old. The goal of programming is to prevent children from struggling academically in an under-performing school district by positioning them to be high achievers during their preschool years. The vision is to establish a cost-effective and creative model for raising student achievement in under-performing school districts throughout California.
The Child-Parent Home Tutoring Program consists of several components:
Tutoring Lessons: Each week, children receive direct instruction from a volunteer during a one-on-one lesson. Volunteers are trained to teach children school-readiness skills* using a Learner Guided approach that motivates children to make deliberate decsions about their learning. Parents participate in every lesson to unlock their understanding of how to nurture their children's potential.
Home Library: Every child receives 56 donated books, which volunteers select based on the child's interests. Volunteers read the books with children and their parents during lessons.
Family Reading: To put to practice what they learn during lessons, parents are required to read with their children at least 5 days a week.
Learning Goals: Volunteers leave parents with weekly learning goals based on each week's lesson that encourage parent engagement and reinforce learning between lessons.
Summer Reading Contest: Families are invited to a private party at the Palo Alto Children’s Library if they set and complete family reading goals during the summer months. Parents are encouraged to set family reading goals for all of their children.
Family Events: Events are organized for families throughout the year that encourage community building and educationally enriching activities for children.
The program is high impact:
- Volunteers provide more than 3,000 tutoring lessons each year
- Volunteers read more than 2,000 donated books with children each year (with parent participation)
- Parents read 4 ½ times more with their children after 4 months in the program
- Families log more than 6,000 hours of family reading time each year
- 100% of children who have started kindergarten are at or above grade level
- Applications more than doubled from 70 in 2012 to 180 in 2013
- Case studies are available on our news page and volunteer reviews on our volunteer match
The program is highly demanded for a number of reasons:
- Programming is free and home-based, making participation very accessible
- Children in the program as well as their siblings develop strong desires to learn
- Children learn a variety of school-readiness skills such as pre-reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, English language skills, and social-emotional skills such as paying attention, taking turns, sharing, and following directions
- Parents realize they can be active partners in their children’s education and success
10BH will track outcomes by collecting children’s achievement results from grades K-12. Success benchmarks include:
- 95% of children are on or above grade level in kindergarten and first grade
- 95% of children are on or above grade level in reading and math in 3rd and 8th grade
- 95% of children graduate from high school and make well informed decisions about their future
* Volunteers are trained to teach children school-readiness skills within 4 learning domains covered in, California Preschool Learning Foundations:
- Social-Emotional Development: Self-awareness, social interactions, and relationships
- Language and Literacy: Reading, writing, speaking, and listening
- English-Language Development: Understanding and comprehending the basics of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the English language (all Role Model lessons are conducted in English)
- Mathematics: Number sense, geometry, algebra and functions, and measurement