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 2019 Conference will be held from May 1-2 at the
Long Island Marriott in Uniondale, NY.
2019 Annual Conference Keynote Speakers
Lori Roggman, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development, Utah State University
“Strategies to Promote Resilience: Reflections on Home Visiting”
Dr. Roggman is the lead author of the book, Developmental Parenting, as well as two assessments, the Parenting Interactions with Children Checklist of Observations Linked to Outcomes (PICCOLO) and the Home Visit Ratings Scales (HOVRS). Her research focuses on how parents can support their children’s early development and how home visiting practices can promote developmental parenting.
Timothy Hathaway, Executive Director, Prevent Abuse New York
Presenting the film: “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and Science of Hope”
At PCANY, Mr. Hathaway focuses on initiatives to enhance programs to build strong families and increase the use of Protective Factors to help prevent child maltreatment. He will be presenting the film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and Science of Hope” followed by a facilitated discussion. The film, directed by James Redford, chronicles the birth of a new movement to use cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction, and disease. Please click here to watch a trailer for the film.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Chris Long Foundation
United Way of Greater Philadelphia
and Southern New Jersey
PHILADELPHIA – December 7, 2018 – United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), in partnership with The Chris Long Foundation, is launching a 25-day crowdfunding initiative to amplify the impact of the First Quarter for Literacy campaign, an initiative of Philadelphia Eagles Defensive End Chris Long to help Philadelphia area children improve their reading skills. The First Quarter for Literacy initiative will put new books into the hands of 5,000 local children.
This “Second Quarter for Literacy” push is designed to amplify the impact of Long’s initial investment by making additional strategic investments into programs designed to help more children throughout the region read on grade level by the end of third grade. UWGPSNJ hopes to raise at least $25,000 through crowdfunding efforts and will match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 from United Way’s Innovation Fund.
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a more inspiring community champion than Chris Long, who has been committed to using his platform and resources to do a tremendous amount of good in the communities where he has lived and played,” says Bill Golderer, president and CEO of UWGPSNJ. “In that spirit, we are challenging each and every member of the Greater Philadelphia region to get off the sidelines to support our youngest learners.”
Grade level reading by 4th grade is a critical milestone, as children begin to transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. Children who are not reading on grade level by fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers. According to Philadelphia’s Read by 4th campaign, which is funded by United Way and approximately two dozen other funders, “by the start of the 2016-2017 school year nearly two thirds of children in Philadelphia entered the 4th grade unable to read at grade level.”
To combat this problem, contributions to the Second Quarter for Literacy initiative will help:
- Expand the Parent-Child Home Program to provide more families in need with the knowledge, skills, and materials they need to prepare their children for success in pre-K and beyond
- Launch a 1:1 interactive, web-based tutoring program designed for use in classrooms for grades 1-3
- Expand Philadelphia’s Read by 4th campaign into suburban communities
“Every child deserves the chance to succeed in school and in life, and that starts with being able to read on grade level. Together with United Way, I want to help level the playing field so that all children have the resources and supports they need to build these critical skills,” says Long. “This is a huge challenge, so we’re only going to be successful if we all chip in what we can. Every donation – no matter what size – can make a life-changing impact.”
The Second Quarter for Literacy will run through Monday, December 31. Contributions can be made at gofundme.com/2nd-quarter-for-literacy with opportunities to receive rewards and prizes for giving while supplies last.
For more information about UWGPSNJ’s work to improve early literacy and end intergenerational poverty, visit UnitedForImpact.org. For more information about Chris Long’s First Quarter for Literacy initiative, visit FirstQuarterForLiteracy.org.