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.
It is the hardest – and most important – job in the world.
Yet there is no instruction manual and there are no minimum qualifications.
Instead, parents are left to figure it out for themselves when raising a child – a hit-and-miss approach whose shortcomings are all too apparent.
That is what makes the King Urban Life Center’s Parent-Child Home Program so invaluable.
The initiative – a national program that the King Center adopted in 2002 – sends trained “home visitors” for a half-hour twice a week during the school year for two years to help parents learn how best to help their kids. The visitors bring a book, educational toy or game and model for the parent how to use the tool to help the child progress.
“These books or toys become the center of an educational environmental in the home,” said program coordinator Lisa Alexander. That’s critical because a lot of homes in Buffalo don’t have such teaching tools.
The materials also reflect the family’s culture so that the children can see themselves in the stories, Alexander said, which is particularly important because most in the program are families of color.
“She learned a lot,” Yesenia Santiago said of her 4-year-old daughter, Yamilette, who dashed into the living room of the family’s West Side home to demonstrate her reading skills and then disappeared. Yamilette has already graduated from the program, and her mother said, “the teacher in pre-K at Frank Sedita (Academy) said she’s really advanced.”
Santiago is hoping for the same kind of boost for her 2-year-old son, Jomar Perez, who has learned colors and shapes while working with home visitor Vanessa Birmingham.
The program currently serves about 40 families per year, but has reached as many as 60, depending on funding, which comes from such disparate entities as the United Way and the Community Foundation, to the City of Buffalo and even the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, which kicked in some asset forfeiture funds.
“The parent is our true target.” – Lisa Alexander
Please click here to read the full article on The Buffalo News.