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67th OMEP World Assembly and Conference
July 27, 2015 @ 8:00 am-August 1, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
PCHP’s Director of Training and Program Support Michele Morrison and PCHP’s Washington State Lead Pamela Williams will be presenting a the 67th OMEP World Assembly and Conference on Engaging and Retaining Vulnerable Families Through A Playful Learning Intervention: A Home Visitation Model.
With increasing cultural and linguistic diversity in the United States and continued concern about the school preparation gap for our most vulnerable children, communities are looking for programs and approaches that intervene early and address the importance of family engagement. This workshop will describe the practices of the Parent-Child Home Program, a national early literacy home visiting model, replicated in over 300 underserved communities in 12 states, that engages and retains families speaking 62 languages and dialects.
Current brain research confirms that the “serve and return” of parent-child interactions forms the foundation for secure parent-child attachment, supports the social-emotional growth of the child, increases the use of “rare” vocabulary, and enhances school readiness.
Focusing on parent-child play and reading as the methodology for this intensive home visiting model, we have successfully reached a diverse array of families from different cultural backgrounds and speaking different languages in communities across the country. We will share effective early literacy and intensive home visiting practices focused on playful learning that engage families challenged by poverty, low levels of education, and cultural barriers, and many lessons learned.
Among these lessons are: how to recruit, engage, and retain the most vulnerable families; how to use community-based early literacy specialists from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds; and how to use reflective supervision that emphasizes relationship-based practice and an on-going process of professional development to ensure quality mentoring.
We will highlight key elements of this evidence-based home visitation model in two county-wide networks that have been successful reaching diverse populations in Palm Beach County, FL and King County, WA and the process of identifying appropriate implementing agencies, successfully hiring both professional and para-professional staff; and providing on-going supports to supervisors, early literacy specialists, and program families.