Parent-Child Home Program and The WorkPlace working together with support from new grant award

For Immediate Release, May 18, 2011 – The WorkPlace, Inc. received a generous grant award from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to support a new WorkPlace initiative called STEPS: Success Through Educating Parents & Students. The $85,000 award will enable the launch of a pilot program to help female parenting youth enrolled in the Jobs First Employment Services (JFES) program. Young parents who reside in the poorest neighborhoods in Bridgeport will be recruited for this pilot program.

In addition to the traditional JFES services such as job search assistance, vocational education and employment support services, STEPS will utilize the national Parent-Child Home Program curriculum. The Parent-Child Home Program is a proven literacy, school readiness and parenting program for families who have not had access to educational opportunities.

The WorkPlace will work closely with the Parent-Child Home Program’s national center to replicate the program here in Bridgeport. Through home visiting, the program creates language-rich home environments for children and empowers parents to become their children’s teachers, preparing them to succeed in school.

We believe that STEPS will be a driving force by systematically assisting both parents and their children to be prepared for the future. The program will blend workforce preparation and job training for parents with a proven national model that supports learning for families.

The WorkPlace is very thankful to the JPMorgan Chase Foundation for this grant award and their continued belief in WorkPlace programs. Our partnership with JPMChase began 13 years ago. They have truly enabled us to innovate and execute some of our most valued programs.

About The WorkPlace, Inc.

The WorkPlace, Inc. helps people prepare for careers and strengthens the workforce for employers. The mission of The WorkPlace, Inc. is to develop a well-educated, well-trained, and self-sufficient workforce that can compete in the changing global marketplace. Essential to the mission is the creation of a seamless, coordinated system of education, training and employment that is customer centered and easily accessible; meets the needs both of employers for employable people and of persons who face barriers to the kind of employment that provides economic self-sufficiency; has a high level of commitment and collaboration from business, education, government and community agencies including economic development, employment and training, and human services; and has defined goals and performance standards.

About the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP)

The Parent-Child Home Program prepares children facing the toughest odds to enter school with the skills they need to succeed. A national school readiness and family support program, PCHP provides thousands of families of 2- and 3-year-olds with intensive home visiting focused on developing the language and early literacy skills needed to enter school ready to learn. It provides training and technical assistance to more than 140 sites throughout the country. Bringing a new book or educational toy each week, trained Home Visitor volunteers model reading, play and conversation activities for parent and child together, creating a language and literacy-rich home environment. The books and toys are gifts to the families. For more information please visit www.parent-child.org.

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