Members of the Port Washington Child Care Partnership meet regularly at the library to improve family supports in the community. Planning the upcoming program are (front row, left to right): Marlene Selig, chairperson of the PWCCP and Dana Friedman, executive director of The Early Years Institute and (back row): Donna Preminger, director, PW Children's Center; Regina Farinaccio, Port Washington School District's director of Educational and Community Services and Arlene Labenson, executive director of Child Care Council of Nassau County.

The Port Washington Child Care Partnership, in cooperation with the Port Washington School District, the Port Washington Public Library, the Port Washington Children's Center, the Parent Resource Center, the Child Care Council of Nassau, The Early Years Institute and local nursery schools and early childhood programs is pleased to present its third annual free seminar, "The Home/School Connection in the Early Childhood Years" for parents and educators of young children. The program will be held on Tuesday, April 8 in the auditorium of the John Philip Sousa Elementary School on Sands Point Road at 7:30 p.m.

This year's presenters will be Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum, the authors of Practical Wisdom for Parents and co-directors of the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Schulman and Birnbaum have collected and distilled their knowledge and combined 50-plus years of experience and will share practical advice for parents and educators in their presentation. Practical Wisdom for Parents was recently featured on the Today show and NBC's Family Matters, as well as WOR radio and Time Out New York Kids. The Dolphin Book Shop will have copies for sale at the program.

"The early years of childhood are a singular time in the life of a family, a period of unparalleled growth and discovery for parents as well as for children. It's a time of unique closeness, of physical and emotional intimacy and intensity. And it's at precisely this time that a child today takes his or her first steps into the world beyond the cocoon of home and family," say the authors. "This can be exciting, gratifying, glorious; it can also be a source of ambivalence and anxiety. For many parents, letting go of our children is one of the greatest challenges we'll ever face." As former teachers and long-time supervisors of teachers, the authors are also able to advise teachers and classroom assistants about ways they can strengthen the home/school connection and support families with children in elementary school.

The PW Child Care Partnership was established in 1989 as a coalition of local businesses, religious institutions, schools, government, child care providers and advocates to promote and improve child care supports in the community. The Partnership meets regularly and welcomes input from interested parties.

The entire community is welcome to attend the program. To make it easier for parents, the Parent Resource Center staff will provide child care. If you would like to bring your child, please call 767-3808 to reserve a space. The Office of Child and Family Services has determined that the seminar will be of such value that 1.5 hours of training credit will be available to those who attend. Certificates will be distributed at the end of the seminar.

If you have any question about the program, please call the school district at 767-5470. Logo
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