The Jefferson Foundation is piloting PCHP Jeffco in  Jefferson County Schools, the largest school district in Colorado, which serves more than 85,000 students. Despite Jeffco students consistently out-performing their Colorado peers at every grade level and in every subject, there are pockets of poverty and homelessness throughout the county. 

O ver three years, PCHP Jeffco will work with 126 young families living in poverty in neighborhoods served by Alameda and Bear Creek High Schools in Lakewood. In 2012-2013 Alameda High School had a free and reduced lunch rate of 76.2%. At Bear Creek High School, just a few miles southwest of Alameda, the percentage of students on free or reduced lunches has increased by more than 50% in the last five years.

PCHP Jeffco will serve 126 underserved families during the three-year pilot. After two years of home visits by our trained paraprofessionals, their children will enter kindergarten with the same cognitive and social-emotional skills as middle-class classmates.

Our program will commence in Fall 2013. Our well-qualified staff will be housed at Peiffer Elementary School. Becky Feuerstein, our Supervisor, just retired as the Director of Early Childhood Education in Jefferson County Schools. Suzie Reichert, our first Coordinator, just retired as the Director of the Jefferson County Norma Anderson Preschool.

Underserved families in Jefferson County are falling further behind with education every year. TV time does not translate into literacy preparation in the brains of 2- and 3-year olds. They need human connection with conversation. And that is why the Jefferson County PCHP Advisory Group is so passionate about bringing the Parent-Child Home Program here. The Advisory Group is responsible for raising the funds to support this pilot and will provide guidance in making it a sustainable program. The cost of each family served will be less than $3500 per year.

The Jefferson Foundation Board of Directors and Staff are listed on their website:
    http://www.jeffersonfoundation.org/

 

The PCHP Jeffco Advisory Group

Anne Burkholder, Co-Chair Civic leader and former teacher

Steve Burkholder, Co-Chair Former Lakewood Mayor Former Chairman of the Board, West Chamber

Senator Moe Keller, Co-Chair Retired CO Senator and Chair of the Joint Budget Committee Vice President of Public Policy, Mental Health America of CO

Senator Norma Anderson Retired CO Senator and majority leader Retired CO Representative and majority leader

Earl (Buddy) Douglass Retired President, Lakewood Market of FirstBank Member Board of Trustees, Jefferson County Public Library

Hereford Percy Member and Past Chairman, CO Commission on Higher Education Retired President, FirstBank-North Vice President of Public Policy, Mental Health America of CO

Senator Norma Anderson Retired CO Senator and majority leader Retired CO Representative and majority leader

Earl (Buddy) Douglass Retired President, Lakewood Market of FirstBank Member Board of Trustees, Jefferson County Public Library

Hereford Percy Member and Past Chairman, CO Commission on Higher Education Retired President, FirstBank-North

Diana Wilson Lakewood City Council member Past President, CO Municipal League

George Valuck Executive Director, Alameda-Gateway Community Association Co-Founder, Boys & Girls Club of Jefferson County

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