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A Message from Kathy Desmond, PEC President
Dr. Staci Perlman

“It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news of Staci Perlman’s passing.  Staci  has been a long-time friend, colleague, and supporter of PEC.  She was PEC’s 1st Visiting Scholar and worked closely with the policy and the social service teams doing clinical research, policy, and advocacy work on behalf of homeless children and families. 

Staci was a fierce advocate for the need for quality early childhood education services for all children – especially those living in shelters - and made significant contributions to both the literature and the public discourse regarding this topic.  She played a pivotal role in getting key legislation passed this past year that requires early intervention screenings for all children living in emergency shelters in the state of Pennsylvania.   She was a highly respected colleague who served on a number of professional committees and boards throughout the city that were engaged in promoting/driving change for children and families in both the homeless service sector and child welfare.  Staci was also an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware, Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Delaware Education Research and Development Center.  She was a dedicated teacher and mentor and had a way of inspiring all of those fortunate enough to have experienced her. 

The PEC family keeps Staci, her family, friends and colleagues in our thoughts.  She will be deeply missed."

(for more on Staci’s work, click here


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