Founded by educator Louise W. Wiener and headquartered in Washington, DC, Learning and Leadership in Families (LearnLead), began as a research and demonstration project under the auspices of the National Head Start Association and became an independent 501 (c)3 not-for-profit in 1995.
LearnLead’s approach is rooted in research undertaken by Louise Wiener in partnership with the National Head Start Association and funded by the William T. Grant Foundation. Programs have been implemented in Maryland, Virginia, DC, Florida and Ohio, partnering with Head Start agencies, public and charter schools and daycare agencies.
The Perfectly Punctual Campaign (PPC),LearnLead’s current focus, engages children directly in monitoring their own attendance, honors parents for getting their children to school on time, and teaches parents, teachers and administrators how to prevent or reduce chronic absence and tardiness from the outset of schooling. PPC is currently serving elementary schools and Head Start agencies in Baltimore, Maryland and Delray Beach, Florida.
Other initiatives include:
Museum as a Resource, piloted in partnership with the National Head Start Association and multiple museums in the metropolitan Washington area and in Dayton, Ohio, teaches parents and teachers how to use museum resources with preschool children to promotes language development and critical thinking.
Messages of the Built Environment (Messages), a classroom-based early childhood enrichment program designed in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation, teaches parets and teachers how to use everyday environments to support children’s language, math, science, and critical thinking skills.
Parenting for Literacy, adapts the Messages program t support parent and children together programs and after school enrichment programs.
LearnLead has also adapted Messages to help parents enrolled in Adult Basic Education classes strengthen their own basic learning skills as they learn new strategies to engage their children in exploration and discovery.
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