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.
Mission Amarillo is here to serve those in poverty. They do this by multiple programs that help children, teens, and families.
“So what we do, is we go in early before they even get to school. We model for the parents how to talk to their kids, how to play with their kids and how to get them ready so that they will be successful when they get to school,” Christy Jalbert, Parent-Child Home Program Coordinator said.
Trained home visitors visit their families twice a week. Every week the family gets a brand new book or toy that is used to teach the parents how to play and talk to their child.
“Most important for me is getting to watch the parents learn how to interact with their child, to read to them, to play with them, and to see it’s not as structured as they think it should be. Changing that perspective has been very interesting,” Sarah Mapes, a home visitor said.
The program is referral based. It has continued to grow and help more and more each year.
“Because the underprivileged in Amarillo don’t have as many benefits say as someone who is used to having higher education, this sets them up to meet that bar,” Mapes explained.
Jalbert said, “Children growing up in poverty would have heard 30-million fewer words than a higher-income child.”
Please click here to read the full article on KAMR Local 4 News.