PROJECT ABC IS A FINALIST AND YOU CAN MAKE US A WINNER!
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Recognition Program highlights achievements in communications and social marketing by their grantees.
This year, Project ABC was nominated for their May 2013 “Me and My Shadow Family Fun Day” in the category of “Audience: Parents and Caregivers.” The event integrated SAMHSA’s national theme, adapting it to an Early Childhood audience. Caregivers and their children engaged in child-led, relationship-building activities that they could then use at home.
YOU can make a difference by casting your vote for Project ABC! We have less than one month to be selected as the People’s Choice Award Winner. Please click here to learn more about “Me and My Shadow Family Fun Day,” watch an adorable video of the event and CAST YOUR VOTE HERE!
We hope you’ll join us in voting for Project ABC! You can do so as many times as you want between now and July 16, 2014 at 5 pm.
Analysis of Child Care in the California State Budget 2014-2015
Child Care Law Center is pleased to share with you our Analysis of Child Care Provisions in the California State Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015.
The Budget Bill, SB 852, adds more than $250 million to California’s child care programs next year. Between 2008 and 2013, California eliminated nearly $1 billion in overall child care funding and services for 110,000 children, so reinvestment is cause for celebration.
The majority of funding for new child care slots and quality improvements is directed toward three- and four-year-old children. The additional funds do little to meet the needs of the disproportionate number of infants and toddlers waiting for subsidized child care.
The budget legislation also heavily weights reinvestment in subsidized child care through state-contracted child care facilities rather than through voucher-based programs. Many poor families are unable to use state-contracted child care facilities because low-wage work disproportionately involves variable and non-traditional work hours that the contracted facilities find difficult to accommodate. These families rely on child care vouchers to secure a wider array of family child care home and license-exempt child care.
Proposals by the Assembly Committee on the Budget and the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee to offer more extensive and broad-based reinvestment, including upwards of $400 million and 40,000 slots, were not approved this year. But they offer a starting point for next year’s work to reinvest, so that California’s most vulnerable families can obtain safe, nurturing care that meets their needs.
Business, Medical, and Non-Profit Partners Launch New National Effort at CGI America to Help Close the Word Gap
At the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting in Denver, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a new collaborative effort of Too Small to Fail, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Scholastic Inc. and Reach Out and Read to raise awareness among parents about early language development. For the first time the AAP will promote early literacy—beginning from an infant’s very first days—as an “essential” component of primary care visits. Through this commitment, the partners will ensure that doctors, parents and caregivers have the information, tools and books they need to promote reading out loud to children every day starting in infancy. Read More
Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth
In between dispensing advice on breast-feeding and immunizations, doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth, under a new policy that the American Academy of Pediatrics will announce on Tuesday. This is the first time the academy — which has issued recommendations on how long mothers should nurse their babies and advises parents to keep children away from screens until they are at least 2 — has officially weighed in on early literacy education. Read More
Obama, Clinton, McCain and Frist Appeal to Parents to #CloseTheWordGap
The more people that hear these important messages, the closer we will get to closing the word gap. Help us spread the word by sharing these videos on Facebook and Twitter, read the blog post from the White House about this effort, and stay tuned! We have more videos from other individuals coming soon. Read More
Summer Reading Club
This year you can opt for online registration in (English & Spanish) 24/7, attend any of our free special events, and register at any of our 12 Library Locations. The program is not just for kids either, all ages are welcome to register and post book reviews online and automatically get entered to win a $20 gift card each week. One lucky reader will also win an Kindle Paperwhite, or an Acer Tablet, or a backpack filled with school supplies, so get reading! The program runs through August 2. Read More
A Parent’s Guide to School Funding
The engagement of parents is critical to the successful implementation of LCFF. We are committed to helping parents become involved in this historic effort and equipping them to represent the broader interests and educational needs families seek for their children. The creation of this tool kit is just one of the waysFamilies In Schools (FIS) pursues its mission to involve parents and communities in their children’s education to achieve lifelong student success.
July 11, Webinar: Local Control Funding Formula: State Policy Deliberations on the Permanent Regulations The State Board of Education will be discussing moving forward on key elements of California’s new education finance law at a meeting onJuly 10th that will have implications for districts throughout the state. Join Children Now for a webinar the following day to learn about the actions taken at the meeting and how they will affect your school. Click Here to Register
SAVE THE DATE! February 10-12, 2015 1st Annual Child Health, Education, and Care Summit, Sacramento, California More info