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.
HOLYOKE — The public schools will expand a home-visits program where staff spend time in the poorest households to assess families’ needs.
Nearly 10 families of children who attend Morgan School, 596 South Bridge St., have benefited from the program and a $25,000 state grant will add home visits to nine families of students who attend Kelly School, 216 West St., a press release said.
Nearly a third of the population of this city of about 40,000 lives in poverty, according to federal guidelines, and many are Latino for whom English is not their first language.
Information about the program is based on a press release from the Holyoke public schools and a list of questions from The Republican answered by officials.
The Parent-Child Home Program Expansion provides funding for visits to families challenged by poverty, little education, language barriers, homelessness and other factors that can affect success in school. The program is under the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, the press release said.
“More specifically, this funding supports and strengthens parents’ skills in enhancing their children’s cognitive development and school readiness,” the press release said.
In Holyoke, the program is geared to families whose children have yet to enter school, to help in preparing them to develop language skills to participate in pre-school programs, the press release said.
“Morgan School has operated the program in the South Holyoke neighborhood for several years and the participating children who are now in pre-school there are excelling,” public schools’ spokeswoman Judy Taylor said in an email.
Like the current program, the expansion will involve working with community groups to identify families with the greatest needs, the press release said.
“We are excited to grow the Parent-Child Program in Holyoke as its impact has been significant in providing our families the skills and knowledge to support their child’s early literacy development,” Stephen K. Zrike, state-appointed receiver managing the Holyoke public schools, said in the press release.
Please click here to read the full article on MassLive.