In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere, with autochthonous (locally acquired) cases identified in Brazil. As of January 15, 2016, local transmission had been identified in at least 14 countries or territories in the Americas, including Puerto Rico(See Pan American Health Organization [PAHO] link below for countries and territories in the Americas with Zika virus transmission). Further spread to other countries in the region is likely.
Local transmission of Zika virus has not been documented in the continental United States. However, Zika virus infections have been reported in travelers returning to the United States. With the recent outbreaks in the Americas, the number of Zika virus disease cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States likely will increase. These imported cases may result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the continental United States, meaning these imported cases may result in human-to-mosquito-to-human spread of the virus.
Introducing a Compendium of Evidenced-Based Parenting Interventions
By Shantel E. Meek, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood Development
If you google “parenting” about 284 million results pop up. Last winter, the Washington Post published an article partly titled “Americans are Obsessed with Parenting”. Part of the reason we’re obsessed with parenting is because we all want to be the best parents we can be for our children. The unfortunate truth is that many, if not most, of what pops up in google searches, magazines, newspapers, television and the radio, is junk science; advice that can be unreliable and based more on opinion than science. Early childhood program have an important role in partnering with parents and families, and providing capacity-building opportunities on promoting children’s learning and development. And they have the responsibility to do so in way that is scientifically sound and responsive to families’ strengths, needs, and wants.
1st Annual New York Fatherhood Conference
“THE POWER OF A FATHER’S PRESENCE: CHALLENGES AND VICTORIES IN SUPPORTING DADS CONFERENCE FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS & FATHERS”
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY
The Program Committee of the New York Fatherhood Conference is seeking workshop proposals for the April 7, 2015 event to be held at the Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York. The goal of the conference is to inspire, educate and challenge attendees to improve services and programs for fathers, and to support and educate father themselves.
We’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.
The Osborne Association – Fathers in the Criminal Justice System – Course
Father Initiative Career Development Center
3-Week Course • Locations in Bronx & Brooklyn
Focused on non-custodial fathers involved in the criminal justice system, this 3-week course offers effective co-parenting workshops, job placement assistance, resume preparation, interview training, job search and retention support, career coaching, training on workplace socialization, financial literacy, and goal setting. Services also include free weekend activities for children & fathers, individual & family counseling, guidance with child support issues and arranging child visits, father to father peer groups, and financial incentives including free lunch, Metrocards, snacks, etc.
For more information and to register in the Bronx, call Darren Ferguson at: (718) 707-2712 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and to register in Brooklyn, call Shu-aib Abdur-Raheem at: (718) 637-6588 or email: email@example.com.