is an inexpensive and easily replicated model of family engagement that has been proven to end the cycle of blame between families and school staff by building trust and respect, instilling cultural competency and increasing personal and professional capacity for all involved.

The increased communication, trust and support between families and teachers via home visits result in:

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  • Increased student attendance rates.
  • Increased student test scores.
  • Decreased suspension and expulsion rates.
  • Decreased vandalism at school site.

Home visits also provide a positive opportunity to meet federal and state mandates that families be meaningfully informed of their child’s academic standing. In fact, the PTHVP model is recognized by the US Department of Education as a high-impact strategy for family engagement.

PTHVP started as a unique collaboration between a school district (SCUSD), a teachers’ union (SCTA) and a community organizing group (ACT) in Sacramento, CA. We have grown into a national network of communities using this model in widely diverse settings across the US.