Sen. Lesser and Rep. Petrolati applaud Parent-Child Home program Expansion grant for Ludlow

LUDLOW – Senator Eric P. Lesser and Representative Thomas M. Petrolati of Ludlow applauded the recent Parent-Child Home Program Expansion grant for the Town of Ludlow. The Parent-Child Home Program augments low-income parents’ abilities to enhance the cognitive development and school readiness of their children.

The intensive two-year program targets families that are challenged by poverty, language barriers and other potential obstacles to academic success. It supports parents of pre-K children with bi-weekly home visits from a community-based learning specialist for a minimum of 92 visits over the two-year period.

As a parent of young children myself, I see firsthand how critically important early years are in a child’s development,” said Sen. Lesser. “It is essential all of our families, regardless of income, can prepare their children for school. The Parent-Child Home Program does vital work, and this generous grant will allow them to reach even more families in need across our community, helping to ensure children are prepared for kindergarten.”

The Department of Early Education and Care awarded a total of $600,000 in grants for the Parent-Child Home Program Expansion in Fiscal Year 2020, including $25,000 to Ludlow. The funding was provided through Line item 3000-7050 in the FY20 General Appropriations Act.

"I am so glad to hear that Ludlow has been included in this Parent Child Home Program Grant,” said Rep. Petrolati. “We have become more and more cognitive of how important it is for a child to feel secure about themselves when entering school. This grant will give them the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to feel less apprehensive about their school experience.”

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Eric Lesser