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  • September 18, 2015 8:50 AM | Susan Shaffette (Administrator)

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Administration for Children and Families

    Office of Child Care

    This week the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education released a policy statement highlighting the importance of making sure that all young children with disabilities have access to inclusive high-quality early childhood programs. The policy statement sets a vision for States, local education agencies, schools, and public and private early childhood programs to strengthen and increase the number of inclusive high-quality early childhood programs nationwide. As the country continues to move forward on the critical task of expanding access to high-quality early childhood programs for all young children, it is imperative that children with disabilities be included in these efforts.

    You can find more information about the policy statement here and can read the full policy statement attached. The policy statement and executive summary will also be posted on the Early Childhood Development Web site.

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    Office of Child Care

    Administration for Children and Families

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Aerospace Building, Fifth Floor East

    370 L’Enfant Promenade, S.W.

    Washington, DC  20447

    General office number: (202) 690-6782

    Fax: (202) 690-5600

    General e-mail: occ@acf.hhs.gov

    Web site: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ

     


  • September 15, 2015 11:21 AM | Susan Shaffette (Administrator)

    KIDS COUNT News

    Kids of color will represent a majority of children in the United States by 2018, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections. The latest data from the KIDS COUNT Data Center show that since 2000, the largest increases in the population were seen among children who identified as two or more races (a 100% increase), Asians or Pacific Islanders (up 67%) and Latinos (up 41%).

    Explore new demographic data available for the nation, states and the District of Columbia


  • June 02, 2015 4:33 PM | Susan Shaffette (Administrator)

    The Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Board is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic, proven, visionary leader to facilitate child abuse and neglect prevention programs for the State of Louisiana as Executive Director of the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund.

    For the full job announcement, click here.

    Deadline to apply is June 30, 2015.


  • May 07, 2015 2:07 AM | Susan Shaffette (Administrator)

    The focus of this month is to promote and encourage positive family relationships. A positive family is more likely to have healthy, confident children. Spending time together is a key component in promoting family bonding. The facts prove that a family that eats together communicate better and have fewer conflicts. Remember how important it is to spend time with your children and tell them how much you love and support them. Click here to read more and find a list of 15 fun family activities.

  • May 07, 2015 2:04 AM | Susan Shaffette (Administrator)
    Publicly funded preschools across the country are largely segregated by race and income, and poor children are typically enrolled in the lowest quality programs, according to a new report released Wednesday by researchers at the National Center for Children and Families at Teachers College, Columbia University. While states more than doubled their investments in preschool between 2003 and 2013, when 1.3 million three- and four-year-olds were enrolled at a cost of $5.4 billion, most classrooms were economically segregated, the researchers found. Click to read the full article.


  • March 16, 2015 10:53 PM | Susan Shaffette (Administrator)

    Get Ready for National Child Abuse Prevention Month

    Each year in April, time is spent acknowledging the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.  To help you plan for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, you can access:

    Bookmark the 2015 National Child Abuse Prevention Month website, and check back in April!


  • February 23, 2015 2:29 PM | Susan Shaffette (Administrator)

    Partnering for Prevention


    Please join us for a meeting to discuss ways in which to strengthen families, prevent child abuse and improve the outcomes for children in your region of   the state.  

     O Discuss needs in your community,

    O Hear how to stay connected during the upcoming legislative session,

    O Get information and materials that you can use in your program,

    O Meet and network with others working on behalf of children  and families, and 

    O Learn how you can be a part of the COLOR a Brighter Tomorrow for Children Project!

    We hope that you will attend the event in your area!

     

    This event is co-sponsored by the Louisiana Partnership for Children & Families and the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund.

    Dates and locations of the meetings:

    March 9 - Northeast Louisiana Region in Monroe

    March 10 - Northwest Louisiana Region in Shreveport

    March 10 - Central Louisiana Region in Alexandria

    March 13 - Southeast Louisiana Region in New Orleans

    March 16 - Florida Parishes Region in Mandeville

    March 23 - Bayou Parishes Region in Gray (Houma)

    March 25 - Acadiana Parishes Region in Lafayette

    March 26 - Southwest Louisiana Region in Lake Charles

    March 30 - Capitol Parishes Region in Baton Rouge

    Download  a statewide flyer or go to the Louisiana Partnership's Calendar of Upcoming Events for more information


  • February 09, 2015 4:51 PM | Susan Shaffette (Administrator)

    A report to Congress from the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) project is now available on the OPRE website at MIHOPE Report to Congress.


    The report presents the first findings from MIHOPE, the national evaluation of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. It includes an analysis of the states’ needs assessments, as well as baseline characteristics of families, staff, local programs, and models participating in the study. The study of evidence-based programs like those evaluated in MIHOPE increases our understanding of how to effectively and efficiently deliver services to low-income families.

    Key Findings include:

    • States used initial Home Visiting Program funds primarily to expand evidence-based home visiting models in at-risk communities.
    • As intended, states targeted counties with high rates of poverty, child maltreatment, and premature birth, among other indicators of risk.
    • The Home Visiting Program focused states on implementing evidence-based home visiting models (in other words, increased use of evidence-based programs).
    • As intended, Home Visiting Program-funded programs serve a group of mothers facing many risks for themselves and their children (i.e., high rates of depressive symptoms, activity-limiting health problems, public assistance receipt, low educational attainment).
    • Home Visiting Program-funded programs are designed to help parents support the healthy development of infants and toddlers and overcome the problems low-income families face.

    A link to the report can be found here on OPRE's website:

    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/the-mother-and-infant-home-visiting-program-evaluation-early-findings-on-the-maternal-infant-and-early-childhood-home-visiting

  • February 01, 2015 10:43 AM | Susan Shaffette (Administrator)

    February is National Parent Leadership Month!  The FRIENDS Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is excited to offer you the following resources to recognize and celebrate the parents in your state, community and local programs!  These materials are available in both English and Spanish..

    • National Parent Leadership Month certificate:  A customizable award that you can download and fill in for the parent leaders you are recognizing throughout February  (English) (Spanish)
    • A Recipe for Growth:  An example of how to nurture and develop parent leaders (English) (Spanish)
    • Tips for Practitioners:  Insights and wisdom from the PAC on what has helped them grow in their leadership role as well as suggestions of how parents and practitioners can join together to support parent leadership (English) (Spanish)
    In addition, the FRIENDS PAC encourages you to consider these links to other resources to assist you with supporting, recognizing and celebrating parent leadership:

    The FRIENDS NC for CBCAP website offers materials, information and resources to support parent engagement and leadership.  Use the link below:

    http://friendsnrc.org/cbcap-priority-areas/parent-leadership-and-involvement

    You may use the following link to explore a variety of materials available for print or scroll down to the list below to click and view the various parent support and leadership print resources FRIENDS has available for download.

    http://friendsnrc.org/print-materials  

    Parent Support

    Meaningful Parent Leadership: A Guide for Success
    Promising Practices in Parent Involvement Annotated Bibliography
    The Role of Parent Mutual Support
    Parent Education
    Parent Leadership Ambassador Training Guide

    Parent Leadership Ambassador Training Participant Guide
    Circle of Parents (English)
    Circle of Parents (Spanish)
    Core Principles of Parent Support Groups
    Parent Engagement and Leadership
    Parent Leadership Development Checklist
    Successful Strategies of Parent Leadership
    Circle of Parent Leadership
    Families as Primary Partners in their Child's Development and School Readiness
    Successful Models of Parent Leadership

    Additional resources including Public Service Announcements, media strategies and talking points are available by clicking the link to the Parents Anonymous NPLM toolkit:

    http://parentsanonymous.org/assets/NPLM_TK_All.pdf

    If you, or someone you know, is hosting a parent leadership event during February including  recognizing individual parent leaders, let the FRIENDS PAC know by emailing parentlove@yahoo.com.  The PAC will be highlighting your National Parent Leadership Month activities and recognized parents  in an upcoming Parent /  Practitioner newsletter!

    MaryJo

    MaryJo Alimena Caruso, M.Ed.

    T/TA Coordinator

    FRIENDS NC for CBCAP

    Phone: 724.591.5448

    mjcaruso@friendsnrc.org

    www.friendsnrc.org

    FRIENDS is a service of the Children's Bureau and a member of the T/TA Network


  • January 26, 2015 7:45 PM | Susan Shaffette (Administrator)

    Louisiana Children's Trust Fund - Grant Announcement

    Nonprofits who provide child abuse and neglect prevention services may be eligible to apply for the 2015-2016 Louisiana Children's Trust Fund grant monies. The application forms and guidelines are located on the Trust Fund's website: www.lctf.org. The deadline to apply is 4:00pm on February 27, 2015.

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