This program is a match program for Jewish children “littles” who would benefit from having a carefully screened and selected mentor “big.” Match activities are tailored to the little’s individual or special needs and the big’s interests and abilities. Matches are monitored and supported by professional staff and provide positive role modeling, access to Jewish holidays and events, and the chance to have some fun with a friend. These positive relationships between the bigs and littles flourish in a Jewish context, sometimes lasting well beyond the expected one-year commitment.
The Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is a free home visiting program for low-income families that promotes creative ways to learn through play, increases parenting skills and helps children prepare for school.
· Participating families receive free educational books and toys
· Families begin the program when their child is 18 months to 2.5 years old
· Trained home visitors work with families in their homes two times a week for two years
· Spanish and Somali speaking home visitors available
This program recognizes that when families have basic needs satisfied, adequate healthcare and stable housing, their children are more likely to get to school and succeed. ACT, which serves families in elementary school and early childhood programs in the St Louis Park School District, provides resources to assist with parenting support, school and educational concerns, and access to community resources.