SAVE THE DATE – DADS TAKE YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL DAY – SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

DTYCS14We’re excited to remind you about the statewide collaborative initiative: Dad’s Take Your Child to School (DTYCTS). This is a campaign to promote father involvement by encouraging fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, and other significant male caregivers to take their children to school or Head Start in September and remain involved throughout the year.

Last year over 400 schools and Head Start programs across New York State, numerous community and statewide partners, and thousands of dads participated in this event. Throughout educational institutions from Niagara Falls to New York City, father involvement is growing around New York. To learn more about the campaign, review news clips and videos, or watch an informational, visit the current DTYCTS website: We will be launching a new website soon, so be on the lookout for this updated information.

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RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES

NSTRC_logo_for_online_storeThe National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC) at Georgia State University is offering training and implementation support at no cost through a federal grant. SafeCare is an evidence-based parenting program that has been shown to reduce child neglect and abuse through three skill-based modules: positive parenting, home safety, and child health. Through a competitive process, NSTRC will select two sites per year in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Interested agencies must complete an application demonstrating readiness and capacity to implement SafeCare, collaborative partnerships, and a plan to expand the program over time. The call for applications is expected late summer 2014. More information is available at SafeCare.

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Special Announcement: Participate in Your Life Matters

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The Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s has launched the Your Life Matters! Campaign. This Campaign provides faith communities of every tradition, philosophy, sect or denomination, an opportunity to celebrate life, hope, and reasons to live. Each faith tradition is encouraged to dedicate one Sabbath each year to this message of hope!

Faith communities are in a unique position to reach a very large portion of the millions of Americans who struggle with serious thoughts of suicide each year. Many people feel hopeless, trapped, or are in such emotional pain or despair, that they struggle to face another day.

The Your Life Matters! Campaign features a continually growing website where faith leaders can find the information and resources they need to help prevent suicide. It includes:

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Region II Head Start Association: Seeking proposals for the 2014 Professional Development and Training Conference

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The Region II Head Start Association is seeking proposals for their 2014 Professional Development and Training Conference which will be held at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan Puerto Rico from November 10th -14th 2014.

The conference focus is “Being Agents of Change” and will feature institutes, workshops, seminars and forums covering a wide range of topics related to Head Start/Early Head Start and child care. The audience will include, Head Start parents, staff persons, administrators (regional, state and territories), policy makers, fiscal officers, community partners, etc.

Proposals are being solicited for sessions related to the following categories and topics; however a more comprehensive list is included in the attached document.

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Suicide and Substance Abuse: A Two-Part Webinar Series

SAMHSA-Wordmark-FINALSuicide and Substance Abuse: A Two-Part Webinar Series

Part 1. Understanding the Connection Between Suicide and Substance Abuse: What the Research Tell Us

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

It is clear that substance abuse and suicide are closely related issues—but how can practitioners work more effectively, across disciplines, to address them? This webinar will examine current research findings that explore the connections between substance abuse and suicide, highlighting factors that contribute to both issues and can be addressed in a coordinated way.

Part 2. Mobilizing Partnerships and Resources To Address Substance Abuse and Suicide

The date and time for this webinar are to be determined.

This webinar will explore the essential ingredients of effective collaboration between states and communities, and across disciplines, highlighting some of the innovative ways practitioners are working together to prevent substance abuse and suicide.

Register for Part 1 of the Webinar Series

Learn More About SAMHSA’s Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies

Questions or Concerns?  Contact Colleen Wyatt at cwyatt@edc.org.

FEMA Spanish Language App

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FEMA Launches Spanish-Language App

08/18/2014 03:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched a free Spanish-language app with information on what individuals can do before, during and after a disaster to keep their families and communities safe.

FEMA’s Spanish-language app offers a wide array of information for the public and disaster survivors, including preparedness tips, locations of nearby shelters, what to include in an emergency supply kit and a user friendly interface for survivors who may need assistance from FEMA after a disaster.

Website link:

http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2014/08/18/fema-launches-spanish-language-app

NEW Financial Empowerment Toolkit for Social Services Programs

CFPB_logoOn July 30, 2014 the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released Your Money, Your Goalsa toolkit to help social services programs understand when and how to introduce financial education in their work with clients. The toolkit can help clients build skills in managing money, credit, debt and other financial matters.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau worked with a variety of organizations to introduce the toolkit at training workshops in 21 states and Washington, D.C. Over 1,400 social services staff participated. ACF Region II collaborated with the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. to deliver two workshops in New York City. After the training, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau collected information from participants about their experiences in using the toolkit to help improve it.

You can now download the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit in English and Spanish from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website. http://www.consumerfinance.gov/

The available resources include an implementation guide, PowerPoint slides with trainer notes and a train-the-trainer video. You can also sign up for news on upcoming training events and updates to the toolkit.