On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of the Newark Trust for Education, I am proud to share our work with eighty-seven toddlers and their families as captured in the study, Forming Early Learning Habits: Newark ParentChild+ Families and Their Toddlers Redefine Their Homes as Learning Environments by our Senior Research and Evaluation Officer, Pritha Gopalan. ParentChild+ is a parenting and early learning program for parents, caregivers and their toddlers developed by Dr. Phyllis Levenstein, a clinical psychologist, in 1979. The objectives of ParentChild+ are to:
- Increase school readiness and school success;
- Support reading and play activities in the home;
- Build language, literacy, and learning-rich home environments; and
- Support the development of social-emotional skills so children enter school ready to be successful students.
On May 23, 2019 the Newark Trust for Education welcomed over 160 attendees to the second annual Safe and Supportive Learning Environments Citywide Summit. Sessions focused on creating safe and supportive learning environments for our children, both in and out of school. Resources including helpful links, presentations, and readings are outlined below.