A world where
every child succeeds.

We envision a world where every child enters school ready to succeed because every parent has the knowledge, skills, and resources to build school readiness where it starts: the home.

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Our Purpose

ParentChild+ uses education to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families. We engage early in life and help toddlers, their parents, and their family child care providers access a path to possibility.

What we provide isn’t just early literacy, it is early opportunity. For families living in underserved communities, we are a first step on the ladder to success. Their personal booster club.

It isn’t as easy as ABC. It is hard work. It is crucial work. What gets us up each morning is the thought that for every child for whom we help level the playing field, the equity gap closes a bit more and the possibilities and opportunities expand.

Our mission is urgent. Join us in ensuring that all of our children have equal possibilities from the start.

Our Story

In the early 1960s, Dr. Phyllis Levenstein (August 23, 1916 – May 28, 2005), an educational psychologist studying at Columbia University, was asked to develop a program for families that would reduce the growing number of high school dropouts. After extensive research, she concluded that the most effective intervention would be to reach out to children before they even entered school. In fact, she determined that dropout prevention must begin with parents and in the home environment. Armed with this information, Dr. Levenstein developed the model for ParentChild+ (originally called The Mother-Child Home Program).

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Our Story

In the mid-1960s Dr. Phyllis Levenstein, an educational psychologist and social worker was asked by a family service organization on Long Island to develop a program that would reduce the growing number of high school dropouts.

Based on growing research on the importance of the early years for developing critical language and early literacy skills and the value of parent-child interaction for building these skills, Dr. Levenstein decided to focus on working with families when their children were two and three.

Dr. Levenstein developed the ParentChild+ model (originally called the Verbal Interaction Project and the Mother-Child Home Program), which took a revolutionary new approach: reaching children and their parents at home, before they even enter school.

She designed the program to address four factors key to ensuring school success—and essential to giving children and their families the opportunity to thrive.

  1. Increases school readiness and school success
  2. Supporting reading and play activities in the home
  3. Building language, literacy, and learning-rich home environments
  4. Supporting the development of social-emotional skills so children enter school ready to be successful students.

Dr. Levenstein tested an array of variables while creating the program, including the number and duration of visits, giving families educational materials versus lending them, and one cycle vs. two. Through research and evaluation, she identified the most effective approach, which is the same key program elements implemented at all ParentChild+ sites today.

After a piloting and research phase, ParentChild+ was established as an independent nonprofit organization in 1979 to assist underserved communities replicate and expand Dr. Levenstein’s model. With our international network of sites, ParentChild+ reaches the hardest to reach, most isolated, under-resourced families in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Working with our local partner agencies, we carefully monitor the quality and impact of the Program in these communities.

Evaluating and tracking our impact is central to our work. Our data continues to demonstrate that ParentChild+:

  • Increases school readiness
  • Decreases the need for special education
  • Significantly improves high school graduation rates.

ParentChild+ has reached over 70,000 families since it was founded and serves more than 7,000 families each year.

Our Partners

ParentChild+ continues to thrive due to the generous support of many foundations and corporations.

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Meet Our Board

Tai Chang Terry

President

New York, NY

James M. Molloy

1st Vice President

Citi
New York, NY

Marlene Motyka

2nd Vice President

Deloitte Transactions & Business Analytics, LLP
Parsippany, NJ

William Wallace

Treasurer

New York, NY

Jane C. Spencer

Secretary

Guildford, CT

Dorothy Bondarenko

Member-at-large

Deloitte & Touche, LLP
New York, NY

Blake Hallinan

Member-at-large

Bank of America
New York, NY

Barry A. Berman

NextPet/Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals
New York, NY

Stanley W. Butterfass

ButterfassPepe Group
Franklin Lakes, NJ

Charles L. Butts

Former Ohio State Senator
Cleveland, OH

Brenda Di Leo

Deloitte & Touche, LLP
New York, NY

Lisa Filomia-Aktas

Ernst & Young LLP
New York, NY

David E. Franasiak

Williams & Jensen, PLLC
Washington, D.C.

Hillary A. Frommer

Farrell Fritz, P.C.
New York, NY

Sonia Hamstra

Austin, TX

Howard Landsberg

WeiserMazars, LLP
New York, NY

Bob Lavoie

The Boston Consulting Group
New York, NY

Alex Lentz

Barclays
New York, NY

Erik-Jaap C. Molenaar

RBC Capital Markets
New York, NY

Tara Murphy

Consultant, Commonwealth of MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Boston, MA

Stephan Oppenheimer

Pontalba Capital
New York, NY

Thomas Powers

Nationwide Insurance
Columbus, OH

Joshua Schwartz

East Wind Advisors, LLC
New York, NY

Deborah Velez Medenica

Fred Alger Management, Inc.
New York, NY

Kristian M. Whalen

Platte River Equity
Denver, CO

Tanya Zaben

Tanya Zaben Design
New York, NY

Sarah Walzer, CEO

Meet Our Team

Ricardo Abreu

Development + Communications Assistant

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Ricardo Abreu

Development + Communications Assistant

In his role, Ricardo assists in the coordinating and executing of all fundraising and outreach events including: the annual gala, corporate and volunteer engagements, the annual golf outing, the annual conference, friend-raisers, and educational forums. He also maintains our website, writes press releases, manages our communications platform, drafts newsletters, social media postings, and creates and edits program presentations.

Prior to ParentChild+ Ricardo was an intern at the Media Innovation Center at SUNY College at Old Westbury where he honed his writing, web development, directing, producing, filming, and editing skills. In 2019, he was nominated and won the Multimedia Package Award at the Media Arts Celebration Award Show for his project entitled, “Kicking for Life: A Craig Pinto Story”.

Ricardo holds a BA in Media and Communications from SUNY College at Old Westbury.

Shannalee Levy

DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE MANAGER

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Shannalee Levy

DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE MANAGER

Shannalee Levy has joined ParentChild+ as the Development and Finance Manager. She comes to us from Mediaocean where she was a Sr. Client Accounting Systems Analyst, with experience in developing, project management, implementing and training of financial, media and CRM data systems. She is an expert in client accounting, digital, and media buying/planning. She also worked at NASDAQ OMX as a staff account where she prepared budgets, performed general accounts analysis and reconciliations, audit preparation, maintained vendor contracts, and assisted with payroll. She’s been praised her for her professionalism, dedication, erudition, attention to detail, teaching and people skills, among many other great attributes. She attended Pace University and State University of New York at Oswego where she majored in Business Accounting. Shannalee lives in Lindenhurst NY with her husband and two children.

Teresa Kemp Zielenski

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES MANAGER

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Teresa Kemp Zielenski

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES MANAGER

Terri is the Strategic Initiatives Manager. In this role she works with the public, private and nonprofit sectors, to include non-traditional partners for early-childhood/early-literacy programming, with a goal of enhancing the work of ParentChild+’s national center in New York while focusing on building strategic partnerships to expand the organization’s capacity for growth. Prior to joining ParentChild+, Terri was the Director of Development for the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation where she raised scholarship funds for elementary education. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Long Island where she was responsible for programs, grant making, and human resources; she was Executive Director of the Frederick B. Abramson Memorial Foundation where she was responsible for operations, development, and programs; and the Assistant Director of Development for Corporate and Foundation Relations at Georgetown University where she raised funds for the university’s medical center. Terri spent the early part of her career as a management consultant with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Inc. and Standard Technology Inc. She holds an MALS in Public/Social Policy from Georgetown University, a BA in English and Spanish from George Mason University, and a post graduate certificate in Leading Community Problem Solving from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Sara Karlya

GRANT AND CONTENT MANAGER

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Sara Karlya

GRANT AND CONTENT MANAGER

Sara Karlya is the Grant and Content Manager at ParentChild+. She works with foundations to foster funding for the support and expansion of the Program nationwide, and creates marketing materials to raise the profile of the organization. Before joining ParentChild+, Sara worked in book publishing at St. Martin’s Press. Sara holds an MS from New York University’s School of Professional Studies.

Courtney Inman

DEVELOPMENT AND EVENTS DIRECTOR

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Courtney Inman

DEVELOPMENT AND EVENTS DIRECTOR

In her role, Courtney is responsible for creating and implementing strategies to meet event goals as well as the marketing and public relations activities of ParentChild+. Courtney manages the Development and Events team in their work to increase the visibility and prominence of the organization and supporting the program’s fundraising and expansion activities. Prior to joining ParentChild+, Courtney worked on the Lawyer Development team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and as the Director of Communications and Development at Dwight School in New York. In her role at Dwight School, Courtney was responsible for both internal and external communications, event planning including an annual benefit, and Annual Fund strategy and solicitation. Courtney is a graduate of The University of South Carolina.

Phyllis Levenstein

FOUNDER (DECEASED)

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Phyllis Levenstein

FOUNDER (DECEASED)

Dr. Levenstein was the founder and original Executive Director of ParentChild+. She was a clinical psychologist, who first developed the Program for her Columbia University doctoral dissertation. Her background was in the interdisciplinary study of the family, social work, and education. She was an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. She conducted much of the early research on the effectiveness of the Program and published numerous articles and the acclaimed book, Messages from Home, about child development and PanretChild+. She was the lead author of the article examining the results of the high school graduation rate study that earned ParentChild+ national attention.

Anita Stewart

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS OFFICER

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Anita Stewart

CHIEF DEVELOPMENT AND STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS OFFICER

Anita’s new role at ParentChild+ is to help extend the reach via new funding sources including corporations, foundations, cause-marketing and public private partnerships. Anita recently joined ParentChild+ after 12 years as Senior Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships & Development at Sesame Workshop, where she developed innovative private/public partnerships and funding globally, for the Sesame Workshop’s signature children’s series and critical community engagement programs. Prior to Sesame Workshop, Ms. Stewart held positions at PBS, MobileComm Inc. Texaco, and N.W. Ayer & Partners where she had strategic development and relationship management positions. She holds a BA in Education and Sociology from City University of New York, Queens College.

Avery Serebin

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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Avery Serebin

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Avery Serebin has directed business operations across the spectrum of business types – corporate, union, academic, and not-for-profit sectors, and across industries – from engineering to global for-profit education.

Just prior to joining ParentChild+, she oversaw the operations for one of 1199SEIU’s three benefit funds.

Avery has an MBA in operations management and sustainability. She is LEED O & M certified.

Sarah E. Walzer, J.D.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Sarah E. Walzer, J.D.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Sarah grew up in Massachusetts and is a product of Cambridge and Brookline public schools (she is still a Red Sox fan despite years in NY and also an avid Liverpool soccer fan).  She wanted to be a lawyer when she grew up because she loved arguing, but found her passion in children and family policy and programming.  Before becoming CEO of ParentChild+, Sarah was Counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Legislation at HHS, working on early childhood and family support issues. Prior to that, she was legislative assistant/counsel to Senator Joseph Lieberman, working on early childhood, education, housing, and anti-poverty initiatives. She was also responsible for children and family issues for the Clinton/Gore Domestic Policy Transition Team. She has presented on ParentChild+, school readiness, and home visiting to many audiences, including the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Philanthropy Roundtable, and the National Home Visiting Summit. She serves on the Board of Directors of The Petey Greene Program. She graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School.  Her two children grew up with ParentChild+ and are now a criminal justice reform advocate and a Boston public school teacher.  Favorite books from their childhoods, all read aloud many, many times include Jamberry, Mirette on the High Wire, Baseball Saved Us, Dinotopia, and Lord of the Rings.

Shannalee Levy

DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE MANAGER

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Shannalee Levy

DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE MANAGER

Shannalee Levy has joined ParentChild+ as the Development and Finance Manager. She comes to us from Mediaocean where she was a Sr. Client Accounting Systems Analyst, with experience in developing, project management, implementing and training of financial, media and CRM data systems. She is an expert in client accounting, digital, and media buying/planning. She also worked at NASDAQ OMX as a staff account where she prepared budgets, performed general accounts analysis and reconciliations, audit preparation, maintained vendor contracts, and assisted with payroll. She’s been praised her for her professionalism, dedication, erudition, attention to detail, teaching and people skills, among many other great attributes. She attended Pace University and State University of New York at Oswego where she majored in Business Accounting. Shannalee lives in Lindenhurst NY with her husband and two children.

Dina Shahverdi

OFFICE AND BILLING MANAGER

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Dina Shahverdi

OFFICE AND BILLING MANAGER

Dina manages the day-to-day operation of the National Center office and provides administrative support to National Center activities. She manages the office, maintains site and office records, and assists with the annual conference, trainings, and other events. She is fluent in German, Farsi, Hebrew, and English.

Sarah Aparicio

RESEARCH AND DATA ANALYST

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Sarah Aparicio

RESEARCH AND DATA ANALYST

Originally from upstate New York, Sarah received a Masters in Applied Social Research from Hunter College. Sarah is influenced by a calling to support the advancement of racial equity and uses research as the avenue of realizing this endeavor. At ParentChild+, Sarah contributes to research projects and program evaluation, and manages ParentChild+’s management information system. Sarah now lives in Long Island with her partner and can be found reading a fantasy novel, sewing costumes for her niece and nephews, or spending time with the world’s most graceful Westie.

Q: Who are some of the people who loved you into being? as Fred Rogers always phrased it. Or, Which relationship was the most critical in informing the person we are today?

A: My mom. Her strength, independence, and love for learning is why I am the person I am today.

Q: Your favorite quote.

A: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” – JK Rowling

Q: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: Art teacher

You Zhou, PhD.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST

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You Zhou, PhD.

RESEARCH SCIENTIST

You  joined the team to support the Program’s internal and external evaluation, the quality improvement and program fidelity research work, and the monitoring and support of program implementation activities. Her main responsibility is to design, organize and conduct independent research in conjunction with the Research Evaluation Director to strengthen the model of evidence-based practices. You comes from China, has lived in the UK for 11 years and recently has moved to New York. She completed MSc Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology and later PhD at University College London in the UK. Prior to joining ParentChild+, You worked at Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and later the Psychotherapy Evaluation Research Unit of Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London. She currently also works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute. You is a Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychology Society, an Early Career Professional of the APA Division 39 Section II Childhood and Adolescence, and a member of the Youth Working Committee of the Chinese Mental Health Association.

César Zuniga, M.S.

RESEARCH DIRECTOR

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César Zuniga, M.S.

RESEARCH DIRECTOR

César oversees data collection, quality assurance, and research projects. He coordinates the National Center’s efforts to build the capacity of replication sites capacities to plan and conduct research and evaluation projects on the short and long-term impacts of the Program on children and families. He is responsible for the implementation of ParentChild+’s Management Information System (MIS), including designing, updating, and providing training to Site Coordinators and Home Visitors. Before coming to ParentChild+, César worked as a project associate at the Equity Assistance Center (EAC) at, New York University. César also served as a Board Member of the Passaic Public Schools in New Jersey. He has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Developmental Psychology.

Angela Drakeford

NORTH CAROLINA PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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Angela Drakeford

NORTH CAROLINA PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Angela “Angie” Drakeford has joined ParentChild+ as the North Carolina State Director.  She comes to us with experience in case management, consulting, practice management and program design, implementation and development.  In addition to her work in human services, she brings with her 11 years of business systems analyst experience.  She is a native of Charlotte, NC and attended University of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in English.  She has a passion for fostering positive change in her community and it shows through her work history, volunteerism and community activism. Angie is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a former member of the City of Charlotte Community Relations Committee. Angie lives in Charlotte, NC and is the very proud parent of three children.

Whitney Evans

BAY AREA PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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Whitney Evans

BAY AREA PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Whitney Evans currently serves as the Bay Area Director at ParentChild+ in San Jose, California. As a Bay Area native, Whitney is thrilled to be able to help bring ParentChild+ programs to her community.

Prior to ParentChild+, she worked for Girl Scouts of Northern California. First heading up programs for teenage girls in detention centers and gang impacted neighborhoods. Whitney then oversaw all programming for girls and families in low income communities including Title 1 schools, shelters and migrant housing. Whitney was honored to speak at the United Nations 57th Annual Commission on the Status of Women on eliminating and preventing violence against women and girls.

Whitney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Sociology from the University of Puget Sound. She earned a Master’s in Child and Adolescent Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. She also has experience working in education for youth and adults with learning differences as well as immigration law.

Pamela Williams

WASHINGTON PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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Pamela Williams

WASHINGTON PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Pamela currently serves as the ParentChild+ Washington Program Director and is a member of the Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA) HUB team within Washington. Formerly she was the Family Literacy Program Manager for the School District of Philadelphia Office of Early Childhood where she managed ParentChild+ in Philadelphia from 2005 -2013 and the Even Start Family Literacy Program for over 10 years. Ms. Williams has worked in the field of family literacy for over 20 years and holds a BA from Temple University and a MS from Drexel University.

Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum

PENNSYLVANIA PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum

PENNSYLVANIA PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Malkia is a native of Glen Burnie, Maryland and graduate of Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She moved to Philadelphia in the late nineties, where she found her passion for Early Childhood Education while working with women and children experiencing homelessness. This passion led her to pursue her Master Degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

One of the most important relationships in Malkia’s life was one of her first caretakers, her baby sitter, Irene Green. Malkia recalls Irene being her first friend and feeling safe and loved whenever she was in her presence. This early experience informs Malkia’s interaction with all she comes in contact with, especially children. Her favorite quote is “To whom much is given, much is required.” Malkia is grateful for the experiences she has had in her life and considers it a privilege to work for ParentChild+ and positively impact families in Pennsylvania.

Andre Eaton, MSW

NEW YORK PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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Andre Eaton, MSW

NEW YORK PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Andre Eaton coordinates program expansion, program support, staff development, and additional training for all New York ParentChild+ sites. He assist program partner sites coordinate with New York State and City Departments to ensure that all Program children and families are connected with the appropriate next educational steps and services. Andre works on developing new public and private funding streams, fostering relationships with new local partner agencies and state and local policy makers, and enhancing partnerships with business and other literacy and early childhood programs. Andre was selected in 2017 to be a member of the NYS Family Engagement Coalition Steering Committee, serving on the Support/Best Practices subcommittee, and is also currently a member of the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council. Before coming to ParentChild+, he was the Southeastern Regional Director for Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc. and previously was Executive Director of Covenant House Georgia. Andre has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/African & African America Studies from Brandeis University, a Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. He is a New York State Licensed Social Worker and holds a Student Supervisor Certificate from Fordham University.

Carol Rubin, MSW, LICSW

MASSACHUSETTS PROGRAM DIRECTOR

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Carol Rubin, MSW, LICSW

MASSACHUSETTS PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Carol began home visiting at the age of five, accompanying her father, a family doctor, on house calls in Baltimore, Maryland.  She remembers his deep respect, caring, and concern for the children and parents in his practice, and the obvious warmth his patients felt toward him.  Carol thought she wanted to be a nurse, like her mother, but went to school for social work instead. She founded a non-profit, parenting network and resource organization named WarmLines, which provided support to young parents with information, workshops, and parent-child playgroups.  She continued home visiting as the Director of ParentChild+ in Newton, Needham, Waltham, Wellesley, Brookline, and Watertown.  She led a large staff of volunteer home visitors, and raised public and private funds to expand the number of families served.

In 2006, Carol became the Massachusetts State Director for ParentChild+. In this role, Carol strives to increase capacity through state funding and private foundation support.  She supports the 42 ParentChild+ sites through statewide workshops and technical assistance.  Carol is a member of the Department of Early Education and Care’s advisory council.

Jessica Faith

TRAINING AND PROGRAM SUPPORT MANAGER

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Jessica Faith

TRAINING AND PROGRAM SUPPORT MANAGER

Jessica joined ParentChild+ to support implementation, training and quality assurance for the Core Model. Prior to joining ParentChild+, Jessica worked for Montefiore Medical Center’s Group Attachment Based Intervention (GABI), where she assisted with dyadic and play therapy in addition to managing clinical assessments. She is also a certified early childhood consultant through Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE®). In this role, she facilitated parent-infant guidance courses, nanny training courses, and conducted home consultations. Before working in the early childhood education sphere, she held various roles in development; in her last position, she served as the Director of Development for the Boys & Girls Club of Newark.

Jessica holds a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis on research. During her studies, she was a Research Assistant in Miriam and Howard Steele’s Attachment Lab, where she consensus coded parent-child interactions using Dr. Ruth Feldman’s Coding Interactive Behavior global scale.

Tiffany Lee

FAMILY CHILD CARE INITIATIVE DIRECTOR

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Tiffany Lee

FAMILY CHILD CARE INITIATIVE DIRECTOR

As Family Child Care Initiative Director at ParentChild+, Tiffany Lee works with replication partners across the country as well as state and county agencies on the national expansion of the Family Child Care model to support family child care providers in the pursuit of their quality improvement goals. She believes family child care providers have one of the most challenging yet most consequential jobs in the education profession.

 

It was the strengths-based and relationship-based approach at the center of ParentChild+’s coaching model that attracted her to move across the country to join the staff at the National Center. Tiffany has first-hand knowledge of the integral role this segment of the child care industry has in supporting children and families. Providing care during non-traditional hours, convenience of location, a strong provider-parent partnership, the ability to keep both children together, and greater continuity of care are some the benefits her family enjoyed when she utilized family child care.

Tiffany started her early childhood education career as a Training and Curriculum Specialist for Navy Region Northwest’s Child and Youth Programs, designing and delivering training as well as supporting programs’ pursuit of national accreditation. After three years with the Navy, she worked in the state’s quality rating and improvement system, supporting the Olympic Peninsula region before moving to the state level as the Director of Quality Improvement and Professional Development at Child Care Aware of Washington.

Tiffany served as a Legislative Representative and Regional Advisor for the Olympia-Kitsap Peninsula Early Learning Coalition and was an appointed member of the Kitsap County Commission on Children and Youth. She is a member of the Early Care and Learning Council’s board of directors where she serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council and Public Policy Committee. Most recently she was invited to join the CLASS Advisory Council, a forum for providing feedback and advice to ensure the greatest impact on the lives of children.

Tiffany is a student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying Human Development and Psychology. Her favorite quote comes from Fred Rogers, “Love is at the root of everything, all learning, all relationships, love or the lack of it.”

Michele Morrison, M.S.

TRAINING AND PROGRAM SUPPORT DIRECTOR

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Michele Morrison, M.S.

TRAINING AND PROGRAM SUPPORT DIRECTOR

Michele oversees training and certification of ParentChild+ Site Coordinators and sites. She develops training materials and workshops to train both Site Coordinators and Home Visitors and provides technical assistance to both developing and existing ParentChild+ sites on issues including hiring, training, and supervising staff, recruiting families, expanding services, and community relations. She also organizes ParentChild+’s annual national conference. Michele was a Site Coordinator for six years at ParentChild+ replication site sponsored by the Freeport, N.Y. School District and the Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). She has also worked in the Nassau BOCES Teen Parenting Program, and taught child development courses to college students and professionals. Michele has also made national presentations on the value of early parent-child literacy experiences. Michele has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.

News

August 27, 2020

ParentChild+ MA Virtual Site Visits...

Take look at what ParentChild+ Massachusetts has been doing during these unprecedented times to keep connected with the families they work with:

August 4, 2020

Read’s Initiative 2019-20...

The Reads Initiative has been helping to make significant impacts for families in South Jamaica, Queens and East New York, Brooklyn since 2014. Reads helps to serve the literacy needs of children and families in targeted low-income neighborhoods and ParentChild+ is honored to be a partner. Below you…

July 29, 2020

ParentChild+ featured in The Junior League of Charlotte presents The CRIER Spring/Summer 2020 ...

PARENTCHILD+ by Tammy Stanard ParentChild+ uses education to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families. The organization engages early in life and helps toddlers, their parents, and their family child care providers access a path to possibility. For families living in underserved communities, ParentChild+ is a first…

July 20, 2020

United Way of Central Carolinas and Foundation For The Carolinas Awards ParentChild+ COVID-19 ...

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA JULY 2020 – Since the COVID-19 crisis began in March, ParentChild+, a leading school readiness organization working in communities furthest from opportunity has rapidly adapted its model to meet the emergent needs of the families hardest hit by the crisis.  ParentChild+’s primary focus is eliminating…

July 9, 2020

Home Schooling: The ParentChild+ program has boosted high school graduation among Philly’s most ...

Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum believes that the messenger makes a difference. “You’re going to take what you hear from someone you don’t identify with versus a person you do identify with in a very different way,” she says. As the Pennsylvania state director of ParentChild+, an early literacy, school-readiness…

April 29, 2020

Laid Off and Stressed: What Do I Do With My Two-Year-Old?...

Tipping Point’s Early Childhood portfolio invests in organizations that provide literacy and parenting support to families with children ages 0-3. Under shelter-in-place, many of these low-income families have endured lost wages, lack of internet access, and overcrowded homes leading to an increase in parental stress. On top of…

April 21, 2020

Financial hardships abound amid the COVID-19 crisis – but it’s important to remember the ...

(Philly Voice) – Parents during the COVID-19 crisis are exhausted. They are struggling to stay safe and work essential jobs, while finding care for their children. They are struggling to maintain normalcy while working from home and juggling child care, home schooling and Zoom circle time. The burnout…

April 20, 2020

Home Visiting Continues — At a Distance...

(Education Dive) – Virtual visits can reach “families when nobody else is,” but experts say it’s necessary to have first established strong in-person relationships. Along the border with Nevada, home visitors in Mono County, California, are parking near the homes of their clients and using hotspots to connect…

March 10, 2020

New Charlotte Group Hopes Books, Toys And Toddlers Can Break Cycle Of Poverty...

(WFAE) – Mecklenburg County is expanding pre-K to get 4-year-olds ready for kindergarten – but what about getting younger children ready for pre-K? A national program that’s moving into Charlotte does just that. Nerys Centeno is one of the local pioneers. On a recent February afternoon, she arrived at…

March 1, 2020

The Best Children’s Books To Celebrate National Read Across America Day 2020...

(Forbes) – March 2 is National Read Across America Day, which encourages students of all ages—especially those without access to books and libraries—to read more. Luckily, there are organizations committed to this initiative year-round. For instance, the New York City-based Pajama Program promotes comforting bedtime routines for children…

February 14, 2020

Malden Family Welcomes Mayor Christenson for his first ParentChild+ Home Visit...

Malden ParentChild+ started in Fall 2019, with support from the Wellington Management Foundation and sponsored by the Malden Public Schools.  Now in its second year, the program is working with 20 families and their two- and three-year-old children, and plans to enroll up to 30 families by the…

February 7, 2020

With Home Visits, Charlotte Effort Boosts School Readiness in a Familiar Setting...

(EdNC) – Natasha Curry didn’t know her 3-year-old son knew what a stop sign was. “He can barely see over his car seat,” Curry said. “It was kind of shocking.” Since Curry signed up for ParentChild+, she has had four visits from an early learning specialist who brings toys,…

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