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.
Home visiting programs have a rich history in the United States. As early as the nineteenth century, nurses and social workers went door-to-door to care for expectant mothers and young families. The underlying idea was that home-based education and service delivery would improve health outcomes, particularly in low-income and working class urban neighborhoods.
By and large, the model worked. Home visiting programs have proliferated nationwide, providing everything from home-based addiction recovery services to lactation support.
There are a growing number of home visiting programs that focus specifically on families with young children. Given the demanding nature of parenting infants and toddlers, home visiting is a particularly effective way to ensure that young families are receiving the services and support that they need. In Onondaga County, Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Starts, among other programs, provide healthcare and education to expectant moms and parents with infant children.
A closer look at the local home-visiting landscape, however, reveals a troubling gap. After a child’s second birthday, the number of home visiting programs operating in Onondaga County plummets.
“The only available home visiting program for parents with children over two necessitates a referral from welfare services” says Bethany Creaser, Director of Educational Services at Catholic Charities. “We’d get calls from families with two year olds, three year olds, and unless they self-refer to child protective services, there are just no programs available.”
This programmatic drop off occurs during an especially formative time for young children and their parents. Two and three year olds are learning the intricacies of emotional expression and regulation. They’re also laying the neurological groundwork for kindergarten and beyond. The oft-quoted ‘Word Gap’ unfolds in the two to five year old range, with real implications for a child’s academic trajectory.
“We knew pretty quickly that Parent Child Home Program was a good fit,” says Kara Williams, the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Allyn Family Foundation. “The equity and social justice framing really appealed to us – the program prioritizes recruiting staff from within the community, and they’re known for employing graduates of the program.”
Please click here to read the full article on The Allyn Family Foundation Blog.