The Parent-Child Home Program National Center sponsors an Annual Conference which takes place in the spring. The two-day conference features workshops for both Site Coordinators and Early Learning Specialists, and is designed to provide professional development for PCHP staff. Site Coordinators (and, if possible, Early Learning Specialists) are strongly encouraged to attend. Many of the workshops cover topics of interest to anyone working in the early childhood or home visiting field, and is open to all of those who are interested.
The 2018 Conference will be held from May 7-8 at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, NY. Please stay tuned for more information.
Valentino Shine Jr. was a senior at Medaille College when his oldest son was born. He remembers taking him to some of his classes a decade ago, but knows a decision he made when both his sons were 3 years old has been key to their early academic success. He and his wife, Tasia, enrolled Valentino III, now 10, and Jackson, 6, in the Parent-Child Home Program.
The family had a powerful advocate: Shine’s mother, Laythenetta, who was a leader in the program and helped coach her grandsons through reading, writing and math exercises, better preparing them for grade school.
“It helped me as a young parent to understand the importance of education, and give me the tools to enable my children to enjoy education,” said Shine, who recently received a program advocacy award while fighting for the program’s survival in Washington, D.C.
“Roughly 140,000 low-income families could lose this valuable resource next month if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting bill, which supports the Parent-Child Home Program and hundreds like it across the country.
The evidence-based Buffalo program is among those shown to improve health, education and family self-sufficiency outcomes.
Shine, 33, took the lead in his household to see to it that the program lessons stuck. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Medaille and a master’s in entertainment business from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla. He recently took a job as marketing and branding specialist with the new WUFO Power 96.5-FM.
“Being a stickler for education, and a male, I wanted to make sure I instilled the importance of education in my children, especially being a young black man in America,” Shine said. “I’m the enforcer when it comes to education in our household. The program gave me the resources and education to deal with my children while teaching them.
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