Nantucket Community School Receives State Funding to Bring Long Desired Early Childhood Program to Nantucket

The Nantucket Community School (NCS) has recently been awarded $92,000 in grant funding to
bring the Parent Child Plus (ParentChild+) program to island families.

NCS is seeking families with children ages 16-48 months to be a part of PC+, which strives to
enrich the literacy and development of children through this home visiting program.

“PC+ is a program which has been long desired and we are incredibly grateful to have been able
to secure this state grant through the Department of Early Education and Care,” said Pauline
Cronin, Early Childhood Program Coordinator at NCS. “Supports in early education have positive
outcomes in school readiness and graduation rates. The PC+ program is a part of this.”

Throughout the 23-week program, a trained home visitor brings free educational toys and
books for the family to keep. Visits are 30 minutes long twice a week, and can be scheduled at
the family’s convenience, during the day or early evening. Families learn creative ways to read
and play with their child and become actively involved in their child’s education.

Families in the program could be facing significant obstacles to school and life success, including
poverty, low literacy, limited education, language barriers, geographic isolation, and/or
homelessness or insecure housing.