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NYSPEP E-News, August 2018

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NYSPEP E-News, August 2018

NYSPEP Parenting Credential Updates

Credentialed Parenting Educators are invited to volunteer to serve on a Credential Peer Review Panel. Through this opportunity to work together with others to review new applications, you can meet other Credentialed Parenting Educators and learn ways to continue to build your competency as a parenting educator. To learn more about the Peer Review Panel, contact Jennie Knox, the Credential Coordinator at credential@nyspep.org. To serve on a Peer Review Panel, it is important to renew your credential every four years. Jennie can also tell you how to document your professional development activities and apply for renewal.

Are you a Parenting Educator who is considering applying for the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential? July was the deadline for new credential applications. The next due date for application is January 31, 2019. Parenting Educators can complete the first step by viewing the Orientation to the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential

For more information or to ask questions about the credential, contact the Credential Coordinator at credential@nyspep.org.

2018 Summer Institute Review

The 2018 Annual Member Meeting, or Summer Institute, was held on July 10. The Institute is traditionally an opportunity to promote research-to-practice and emerging issues for a wide audience of parenting educators. This year, NYSPEP invited Dr. Sasha Stok, Senior Research Scientist/Clinical Coordinator for the Safe Mothers, Safe Children Project at NYU, and Dawn Daum, Co-Editor of "Parenting with PTSD: The Impact of Childhood Abuse on Parenting", to present on "Understanding the Impact of ACEs and PTSD on Parenting: Moving from What's Wrong to What Happened?" The full-day meeting was attended by 107 registrants. Each keynote presentation was followed by Community Cafe-style discussions, facilitated by Kara Georgi, to provide participants an opportunity to process what they had heard and to consider how to bring what they had learned throughout the day into their work.

The NYSPEP Steering Committee will use the harvest from the Community Cafe discussions and feedback from the evaluations in their planning for future professional development events.

Summer Institute Resources are available on our website.


NPEN Announces Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast series

The National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) is pleased to announce the Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast series. This ongoing podcast project tackles some of the biggest issues parents face, with humor and wit. Brought to you by The Charles Englehard Foundation, along with NPEN, and hosted by parenting educators John Sommers-Flannagan and Sarah Polanchek, each episode pairs cutting edge research in the field and proven techniques.

Episode topics available to date include:

Why Parents Spank Their Children and Why They Should Stop; How to Listen so Parents will Talk and Talk so Parents will Listen; Technology as a Barrier and a Bridge to Healthy Family Relationships; Why Youth Sports Make Parents Crazy; Youth Sports; How Parents Can Help Children Deal with Grief; Parenting in the Age of Trump and Dealing with other Challenging Role Models; Talking with Children about Life and Death; Teens and Depression; Why Teens Talk Back; Let's Do the Sex Talk Again; Post-Partum Depression -- It's Harder Than You Think; Divorce and Shared Parenting; Love, Sex, Babies and Happiness; The Challenges of Step-Parenting; Sleep Well in 2017 & Beyond; Dear Mom and Dad Please Be My Parent and Not My Bestie; Practically Perfect Positive Discipline, Part 1; Practically Perfect Positive Discipline, Part 2; Get Curious, Not Furious; Discipline Again and Again.

Here is the link to download the episodes for free. Or you can find them for free on iTunes. 

Share them with your clients or use them as professional development opportunities!


Parenting, Anxiety and ACEs

"Parenting with ACEs doesn't always require intense therapy. Sometimes all we need is a conversation, friends and reminders that we will be o.k., if not immediately, then eventually. Those things help us as parents. Helping parents improves parenting." From the ACEs Too High article, "Anxious Parenting: Parenting with ACEs." Follow the link to read more.


Early Intervention Training Opportunity: Resilience, Relationships and Toxic Stress

Learn more about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and explore strategies for increasing family and individual resilience. In addition, this session will include a screening of RESILIENCE, a one-hour documentary that explains childhood and adult implications of ACEs and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Discussion and presentation will follow, focused on making this information actionable.

Outcomes for workshop:

1. Increase knowledge and awareness of social-emotional development.

2. Improve the early identification for children who may be experiencing developmental delays in social-emotional development.

3. Ensure families receive assistance for needed early intervention and preschool services.

4. Become familiar with possible indicators of toxic stress in young children.

5. Understand the importance of relationship building with families.

Follow the links below to register:

August 7th, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

August 14th, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Presented by The Guidance Center of Westchester, the Westchester Library System, Westchestergov.com, in collaboration with the Westchester County Department of Health Early Intervention Program - Local Early Intervention Coordination Council (LEICC) Services and Training Workgroup.


NYSPEP E-News, July 2018

Internet, Technology and Privacy--Oh My!

In today’s world, everything related to technology is growing at a break-neck pace and it’s all we can do to keep up.  Parents are particularly challenged because they have to protect themselves and their kids.  Fordham Law School’s Center for Law and Information Policy developed a free curriculum program to teach kids the right way to think about technology and approaches for keeping themselves safe online.  You can access the materials here.

Kathy Walter is a recent graduate of Fordham Law and an educator in the technological field.  She taught with the Privacy Educators program while at Fordham Law, has spent her career in technology and now applies those technical and education skills in the legal field.  She has adapted the materials for parents and presented to parent groups, most recently in Harlem, on practical steps parents can use to protect themselves and their kids online, on the phone and in the cloud.  Kathy is available to present to parent groups or on recordings for organizations at no cost.

So whether you develop your own organizational materials for parents and students or would like additional guidance, help is available!  Reach out and learn more about how to protect our communities better today! You can contact Kathy Walter at kathy@nsoma.com.

Online Parenting Curricula Review Databases

Developed by the National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement for Head Start programs and community partners, the databases make it easy to find the latest information about research-based parenting curricula. The two databases, one center-based and the other home-based, are organized to align with the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center checklist for Choosing a Parenting Curriculum for Your Program. Information can be searched by curriculum name, filtered according to criteria from the checklist, or perused by scrolling through the data.



Protecting Brains, Stimulating Minds: The Early Life Roots of Success in School

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a few minutes to watch Jack Shonkoff’s latest video. It reminds us that understanding both the biology of adversity and the science of early learning are essential for building a strong foundation for reducing disparities in educational achievement. The benefits of evidence-based curricula in the early childhood years cannot be fully achieved without effective strategies for preventing the consequences of toxic stress.

NYSPEP E-News, June 2018

Announcing 2018-2019 Community Coalition Award Recipients

NYSPEP announced 2018-2019 Community Award Recipients! We are funding coalitions associated with:

*Kids on Track Steuben

*Tompkins Families!

*Staten Island Perinatal Network

*Orange County Parenting Coalition

These coalitions will work to strengthen community-oriented parenting education and support, engaging parents as well as professionals from multiple disciplines. The overall goal is to provide a concentrated, coordinated effort to strengthen the skills, knowledge and talents of all parents to ensure healthy growth and development for every child in the community.

Note to Coalitions’ Leaders: The NYSPEP Communications Committee is eager to share the work, training and experiences that parents and Parent Educators are a part of in each of the community coalition areas. Please feel free to share your announcements with Abbe Hahn (AHahn@earlycareandlearning.org) or Wales Brown (wales.brown@neparentchild.org), Co-Chairs of the committee, to be posted in our monthly E-News. Items are due by the 15th of the month to be included in the next month’s E-News.

All Readers: As ever, we are always interested in letting our membership know what kinds of Parent Education activities are going on across the State. We encourage everyone across NYS involved in Parenting Education to please share your activities and events for our monthly E-News. As noted above, email information to communication co-chairs Abbe Hahn (AHahn@earlycareandlearning.org) or Wales Brown (wales.brown@neparentchild.org).


News from National Parenting Education Network (NPEN)

The National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) held its annual meeting in Minnesota on April 13th and 14th in conjunction with the Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education (MNAFEE) Conference in St. Cloud. At the conference, NPEN Council members offered presentations on several topics, including a workshop on the introduction and use of NPEN’s upcoming release of a Parenting Educator Competencies: A Resource Document for the Field of Parenting Education. NPEN’s subsequent meeting coincidently coincided with one of the worst snowstorms that Minnesota has seen in years, adding some drama and challenge to the gathering, but despite the difficulties (with the storm bearing down on St. Cloud, a decision was made to move in the middle of the meeting and reassemble in Minneapolis!), the group was able to continue to meet and make decisions on upcoming activities. With a new slate of officers voted in, New York State and NYSPEP are well represented with the election of NYSPEP Certified Parenting Educator Meg Akabas to the position of Chairperson of the Council, NYSPEP Credential Committee Chair Judith Wolf elected as Vice-Chair, and NYSPEP Certified Parenting Educator Wales Brown continuing on as Secretary. 

To find out more about NPEN visit http://npen.org/ To join NPEN and become part of their national network, visit https://npen.org/individual-application/.  If you are interested in joining one of NPEN’s committees (see http://npen.org/about-npen/committees/), contact Meg at makabas@earthlink.net.

NPEN’s Policy & Advocacy welcomes your input on a messaging campaign they are developing. To give your opinion on what messages should be used to promote and normalize parenting education in a national campaign, please compete a quick survey at: https://goo.gl/forms/zrEjAdEI58j3DnDH2  Thank you!


Applications Open for the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential

Parenting Educators are invited to apply for the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential. The NYSPEP Credential recognizes your professional development and competence and gives you increased visibility in the field of parenting education. The application process involves developing a portfolio to document your knowledge, skills and competencies for work in the field of parenting education. 

The next application deadline is July 31, 2018. Those who are preparing applications will have the opportunity to be partnered with a mentor to help guide you through the application process. You can learn more about the history and content of the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential at http://nyspep.org/professionals/credentialing. Click the link at the bottom of that page to view Orientation to NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential, the first step to beginning an application. Any questions about the NYSPEP Credential and the application process may be directed to the Credential Coordinator at Credential@nyspep.org.


Save the Date for NYSPEP Summer Institute

Understanding the Impact of ACES and PTSD on Parenting: Moving from What’s Wrong? to What Happened? Featuring Sasha Stok, PhD, Senior Research Scientist/Clinical Coordinator for the Safe Mothers, Safe Children Project at NYU and Dawn Daum, Co-Editor, Parenting With PTSD: The Impact of Childhood Abuse on Parenting. The Institute will be held on July 10 from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Carondelet Hospitality Center-Latham, NY. The Institute is presented by New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) in cooperation with NYS Office of Children and Family Services, NYS Office of Mental Health, Children and Family Trust Fund, and Prevent Child Abuse New York. More information coming soon.



The Virtual World of Parent Education Network Island

Wales Brown is a Graduate student in the MA in Adult Learning Program and in his work developing a curriculum project, created a virtual world to transform the ways that Parent Educators participate in professional development using 21st century skills. Currently, training is limited to in-person meetings and webinars providing few opportunities for meaningful dialogue and problem solving.

This pioneering work was designed to advance learning and understanding of the Protective Factors Framework, which is used to strengthen families by increasing resiliency skills and resulting in reducing abuse and neglect of children. The “islands” focus on: Parent & Child Development, Fatherhood & Culture, Parent Education, and Early Attachment. In the virtual world, Parent Educators from any location can join together from their computer and actively construct new ways to use community resources, get information and teach with parents about child development, safety and security.

You can see an introduction to this world at https://youtu.be/T4ozDpUUSp8. You’ll see the Final Project overview video at https://youtu.be/nPMKs8ThI8g.

Using his wide range of experiences and resources, Parent Education Network Island (Kitely.com) was created through a learning experience in the Practicum Virtual Worlds class, and combined with learning in the MALET program. The Island was designed using various styles of buildings to reflect cultural diversity in multiple forms to connect with learners. Based on extensive research, he developed areas to promote social presence and connections using: group presentation areas, private reflective spaces for small gatherings, and meaningful opportunities for learners to have fun while learning.

Empire State College – School of Graduate Studies Student Newsletter, Spring 2018, p.7-8.


NYSPEP Member Receives the Liberty Bell Award

On May 1, 2018 at Schenectady City Hall, Wales Brown received the Liberty Bell Award that is presented annually on Law Day to a “person in the community that is not a lawyer but who has contributed to the judicial system and supported the ideals of freedom, the courts and justice”.  Wales was nominated by a member of the First Reformed Church’s Justice Action Committee and was recognized for his Parent Education work with Fathers and his 30 years of work with families at Northeast Parent & Child Society that are often involved in Family Court.  Standing before immigrants waiting to be sworn in to become Citizens, he said this was a privilege and an honor.  He commended lawyers for their attempts to move the bar on understanding the value of fathers and connection to their children and encouraged Social Services and Parent Educators to continue thinking of new and innovative paradigms for serving fathers.   


NYSPEP E-News, May 2018

Exploring the Impact of Trauma on Parenting

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and other forms of trauma can impact the health and well-being of individuals throughout their lives. Individuals who are exposed to trauma often experience key challenges that affect parenting. This webinar will focus on the impact of ACEs and PTSD on parenting and intervention strategies for positive outcomes. Participants will be exposed to best practices regarding assessment, psychoeducation, and utilizing a strengths-based approach when working with families. This webinar is appropriate for service providers from all adult and child-serving organizations. The webinar will be held on Tuesday May 15 from 12-1 p.m., with Sasha Stok, PhD presenting. Register today!

Now Available: 2018 Prevention Resource Guide (LINKS NO LONGER WORKING)

The 2018 Prevention Resource Guide was designed to support service providers as they work with families to promote child well-being and prevent child maltreatment. It focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development.  This Resource Guide is a joint product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, and the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention.


Download or order your free copy of the 2018 Prevention Resource Guide today!

The guide gives service providers strategies to strengthen families by promoting key protective factors that prevent child abuse and neglect. Here’s what’s new in the 2018 Resource Guide:

· Chapter 1: Strengthening Individuals, Families, and Communities—Capacity Building Center for States’ Protective Capacities and Protective Factors: Common Ground for Protecting Children and Strengthening Families infographic

· Chapter 2: Working With Families Using the Protective Factors—Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) State Examples of Working With Families Using Protective Factors

· Chapter 4: Protecting Children—Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Community Examples

· Updated child maltreatment statistics

The guide also includes dozens of tip sheets—available in English and Spanish—you can share with parents and caregivers, including Finding Housing Help for Your Family and Preparing Your Family for an Emergency (available online only). 

Resources for Providers

You can find summaries and links to many useful online resources for providers of parenting education on NYSPEP’s website at http://nyspep.org/resources/providers. Just a few examples:

Boston Basics Campaign and Toolkit: Everyday interactions between children, their parents, and other caregivers provide abundant opportunities to give children from every background a more equal start in life. The Basics are five evidence-based parenting and caregiving principles that encompass much of what experts find is important for children from birth to age three.

A Compendium of Parenting Interventions for Families with Children to Age 5 provides a summary and comparison of parenting interventions, to inform your choice about the right intervention for your program, school, community, or state, and the families with whom you work. It also gives a brief overview of the research on parenting interventions, including their potential benefits, important gaps in our current knowledge, and ongoing research and implementation challenges.

Strengthening Families Online Training is provided by the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds (Alliance), which makes available a series of online training courses to support implementation of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework in multiple settings. The curriculum includes new materials on partnering with parents and addresses promising strategies to strengthen families for practitioners in multiple settings.

ZERO TO THREE Fellowship is Accepting Applications: Deadline Soon!

Are you a champion for babies?

Do you aspire to be an innovative, transformative leader?

Do you have an aspirational vision that can change the world for infants and toddlers?

Join more than 300 alumni around the world who have used the ZERO TO THREE Fellowship as a spring board to advance systems and policy change for infants and toddlers. With our extensive network of diverse expert leaders and robust professional development opportunitiesinfused with your unique skills and passion for changeour impact is infinite!!

SPREAD THE WORD: The ZERO TO THREE Fellowship is accepting applications for the 2018-2020 Fellowship Class through Monday, May 14, 2018 at 3 p.m. (ET).

Tools to Support Family Engagement

The Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) is committed to developing evidence-informed, user-friendly tools to strengthen service delivery for all behavioral health providers and consumers. CTAC is proud to announce the creation of new practice-based educational resources focused on Family Engagement strategies for providers, clients, and caregivers and families to use. Resources include Key Messages to Communicate in Services; Family Alignment: The First 30 Days Checklist; Session Feedback Form for Individual and Family Sessions; and Caregiver's Guides in Children and Trauma, Childhood Anxiety, Childhood Depression, and Conduct Disorders. Learn more by visiting the Tools Page of CTAC's website or contact them at ctac.info@nyu.edu.


NYSPEP Member Published in JAMA Pediatrics

Our own Meg Akabas and Eve Sullivan have a letter to the editor of JAMA Pediatrics appearing online and in the April 2018 print edition. Yeah and hooray!!

In addition to  the often heard suggestion that parenting education should be required just as drivers education, they suggest that parenting education be considered "akin to car insurance, something all parents need to renew regularly as their children experience normal developmental transitions."

The article they comment on is "Health Care Workforce Development to Enhance Mental and Behavioral Health of Children and Youth."  Along with Meg's letter, this is valuable acknowledgment of the importance of education and support for parents.

Please feel free to share this link widely.


NYSPEP E-News, April 2018

NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential Update

The NYSPEP Credential Webpage has been updated with information about the rationale and history of the credential and newly revised application fees and procedures.   Orientation to the NYSPEP Credential, the overview and introduction to the credential application process, is now available on the website.  This presentation replaces the Orientation Webinars that had been required in the past.  Interested applicants can visit http://nyspep.org/professionals/credentialing and select Orientation to NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential to view the presentation.   For more information about the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential, contact Credential@nyspep.org.

ACEs Symposium Scheduled for May--Details Available Here


Resilience Screenings Scheduled Through Westchester Library System

How do adverse childhood events affect the mental and physical health of children? How might these events have affected you? How can we use this information to improve our community?

Join a screening and discussion of RESILIENCE, a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress.

Yonkers Riverfront Public Library (1 Larkin Center, Yonkers) April 18, 6:30pm

New Rochelle Public Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) April 26, 6:30pm (screening only), April 27, 4:00pm

Ossining Public Library (53 Croton Ave, Ossining) May 8, 6:30pm

National Family Support Network Forum

How can we collectively support the advancement of our nation's families? How can Family Support and Strengthening Networks be effective vehicles for doing so?How can your work connect with, leverage, and support Family Support and Strengthening Programs and Networks?

The National Family Support Network Forum welcomes you to join us for this unique opportunity to learn about and connect with Family Support and Strengthening Networks nationwide - all in one place. These Networks are comprised of more than 3,000 Family Support and Strengthening organizations, such as Family Resource Centers, working with families across the great geographical and demographic diversity of the United States.

The Forum is designed for key stakeholders working at the systems and policy levels such as national, state, and local policymakers, public departments, Children's Trust Fund staff, private funders, Family Support and Strengthening Network leaders and representatives, and national nonprofit organizations (up to 3 participants per organization).

NEW Safe Baby Products Guide

We are pleased to announce The Safe Baby Products Guide, a new FREE online tool to help parents, families and friends keep children safe from harmful chemicals in baby products. The guide is produced by the national Getting Ready for Baby Coalition, a nonprofit coalition of 100 organizations coordinated by Clean and Healthy New York working to change the marketplace so all babies have healthy environments with products that nurture their growth without harming their health.

As you may already know, there are currently over 1,000 chemicals in use today that can negatively impact a child’s health and development.Many of them are in products for even the youngest babies. Unfortunately, many parents aren’t aware of these dangers or how to find safer alternatives. Parents should have access to free and easily accessible resources that help them better understand these safer products for their babies.

That’s where this new Guide comes in. Designed to let you either zero in on a specific kind of product or work through the whole Guide so you can create a baby shower registry, the Safe Baby Products Guide offers information about potential chemicals of concern (“hidden hazards”) in products and what to look for when shopping. Getting Ready for Baby partner MADE SAFE offers a certification program for products and companies that meet their criteria, and the Guide lists MADE SAFE certified products. The interactive tool even includes a feature that will allows you to build an online registry, which can be valuable to expecting parents seeking certified safe products as baby shower gifts.

Are you, or a friend or loved one expecting a new baby? Use the Safe Baby Products Guide as an effective tool to identify safer choices. Please spread the word to friends and family!

NEW BOOK: The Emotional Life of the Toddler

Alicia F. Lieberman is the author of The Emotional Life of the Toddler, a detailed look into the varied and intense emotional life of children aged one to three. Anyone who has followed an active toddler around for a day knows that a child of this age is a whirlwind of explosive, contradictory, and ever-changing emotions. Dr. Lieberman offers an in-depth examination of toddlers’ emotional development, and illuminates how to help toddlers can develop into emotionally healthy children and adults. Hailed as “groundbreaking” by The Boston Globe on its initial publication in 1993, the new edition includes the latest research on this crucial stage of development.


NYSPEP Member Receives Student Service Award

Wales Brown, C.F.L.E. & C.S.P.E. was selected as one of this year's Student Service Award recipients from SUNY Empire State College. The award honors students who show exceptional service to their college communities. Wales' application focused on his work developing a parenting program (the Nurturing Fathers Program) in Schenectady, NY. The program was developed collaboratively with the Community Fathers Program to provide outcomes of fathering education to communicate benefits of fathering work to funders. Most importantly for Wales, the class met a social justice need in his community for fathers to get parenting education that was required by courts, parole, and probation, but did not exist in the community. Throughout the last 2.5 years Wales worked with the Nurturing Fathers Program founder Mark Perlman and has become a Master Trainer in the curriculum and can now certify other trainers in the curriculum. Wales was also recognized for his service to the college as a Leadership Development Initiative Inaugural Class participant, Executive Board member of the Graduate Student Collaborative Club, the Education for All club, participating in the interview process for the college Chief Diversity Officer, and other college service project work.


NYSPEP E-News, March 2018

Seeking Nominations for 2018 NYS What's Great in Our State

As part of the 2018 New York State What's Great in Our State (WGiOS) celebration on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (1:30P-4:30P), the planning committee for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event is seeking nominations to honor an individual, program, school, or organization within New York State that is making a difference in the field of children and youth mental wellness, specifically in areas impacting resilience, wellness, advocacy, treatment, or prevention.

We are asking for your support in sharing the cover letter and nomination form (attached) with the New York State Parenting Education Partnership listserv.

Our theme this year is: “Healthy Minds, Healthy Children and Youth.” We are looking to recognize individuals, programs, organizations or schools whose work illustrates some of the following characteristics:

·       Improved services in their community.

·       Targeted underserved populations for outreach and services.

·       Utilized new or innovative strategies.

·       Been a great resource to the community.

·       Impacted the community’s sense of Mental Wellness and resilience.

·       Has attempted to evaluate or measure the impact of their work.

·       Has established or worked with community partners as part of their work.

For more information or to receive a nomination form, please contact Susan Perkins at susan.perkins@ccf.ny.govNominations are requested by Monday, March 26, 2018, to susan.perkins@ccf.ny.gov

Website Now Available for Effective Black Parenting Program

In the late 1970s, the non-profit Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) created, and began training instructors to deliver, what has become the most widely used parenting program for African Americans, the Effective Black Parenting Program. Over a million African American parents have already been helped in raising happy, healthy and successful children, because they have enrolled in classes that teach the values, ideas and techniques of this national model program.

Now, for the first time, there is a website that is devoted totally to that program and it's many benefits to parents and children. The new website is www.africanamericanparenting.org .

The website details how and why the program was created and indicates all the African American parenting authorities who were involved in its creation.

The website presents never-before available research findings that led to including in the program:

1.    How parents can build a Pyramid of Success for Black Children by modeling and reinforcing positive character traits.

2.    How parents can learn and use Effective Praising, and other techniques of the Modern Black Self-Discipline Approach, to gain the cooperation and respect of their children. This modern approach provides a non-violent alternative to the Traditional Black Discipline Approach where physical punishment is used primarily.

3.    How parents can learn and connect the positive parenting techniques and ideas of the program to relevant African Proverbs such as "When the heart overflows, it comes out through the mouth" and "A shepherd does not strike his sheep".

The website further provides research findings on how the program improves child-parent relations and decreases child behavior problems. How to bring the program to a community is done by having more instructors trained through professionally-led workshops.

As Dr. Kerby Alvy, the founder and director of the 43-year-old CICC, states, "The existence and use of the Effective Black Parenting Program clearly shows that 'Black Lives Matter'. And further shows that Black parents care enough to learn how to do the best job possible in raising their children."

The next workshop to train instructors is scheduled for the week of March 5-9, 2018 in Merced, CA. For Information about this workshop, Click HERE

Registration Open for the 4th Annual New York Fathering Conference

The 4th Annual New York Fathering Conference -- Learn Everywhere, Every Day -- spotlights the importance of life long learning  for fathers and their families. Speakers and workshops focus on both formal and informal educational settings as well as strategies to enrich, encourage and support opportunities for dads and children to explore the world together. Shawn Dove, CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, will be the Featured Speaker. And Wales Brown will be presenting a workshop entitled Fathers and Fathering: Portrayal’s in Selected Children’s Picture BooksNortheast Parent & Child Society/Fathers Care Workshop.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT) at Westchester County Center198 Central Avenue, White Plains, NY 10606.

Click here for more information or to register.

New Resources for Military Families from Sesame Street

Sesame Street for Military Families has released new content! Visit this link to find interactive games, videos, and printable activities for military families to do with their preschool children. Topics include staying healthy together, creating fun and meaningful birthday traditions, encouraging children's self-expression, making changes more comfortable, and so much more!

NYSPEP E-News, February 2018


The New York State Parenting Education Partnership is pleased to announce that we areaccepting applications from local coalitions to strengthen community-oriented parenting education and support by engaging parents as well as professionals from multiple disciplines.

You can join this effort!

We are looking for coalitions in communities that demonstrate that they have the leadership,commitment and determination to mobilize a broad movement to strengthen and support allparents’ skills, knowledge, and talents. Four coalition sites will be selected. Each of the selected coalitions will receive a $5,000 grant to support community identified objectives as well as training and technical assistance to guide their work in strengthening parent education in their communities.

RFA Detailed Information for the Community Coalitions Project 2018


2016-2017 Parenting Education Reports available on the Parenting In Context website

The 2016-2017 Parent Education Reports are available on the Parenting In Context website. Each year we create reports using the CCE parent education data entered into a Statewide Data Reporting System. These reports document statistically significant changes in parenting behavior from pre- and post-survey. Reports are produced at the statewide level, as well as any county and program reports with two or more statistically significant changes in parenting behavior. This year's Statewide Report can be found here.

This year's County reports for Jefferson, Ontario, Orange, Suffolk, and Tompkins county can be found here.

This year's Program Reports for Discipline is Not a Dirty Word, Parenting Skills Workshop Series Program, and Parents Apart can be found here.

If you have any questions about the reports or the data, please contact Julia Chapman at jc2933@cornell.edu.

Tickets Available for Annual Levenback Memorial Event (February 14th)

Each year the New York Zero-to-Three Network (NYZTT) honors a local pioneer who has made a difference for young children and their families in New York at the Annual Levenback Memorial Event. NYZTT has selected Dr. Irwin Redlener, President Emeritus and Co-Founder of the Children's Health Fund, as this year's honoree for his lifetime of work on behalf of children.

Dr. Redlener will speak about poverty and its consequences that are keeping so many children from realizing their dreams and fulfilling their potential. He will consider why this matters for our collective future and what we can do now.

Dr. Redlener's talk will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on recent opportunities and threats to providing high-quality health care to young children living in poverty and will address policy recommendations and legislative advocacy efforts that can be taken to help ensure the healthy development of young children in poverty.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 14 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at UJA, 130 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022.

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Thank You from the Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee would like to say thanks to all who helped us make our five Strong Roots events in 2017 successful. The topic of Cultural Humility through the Lens of Protective Factors was well received. We were also able to support five webinars and had the first NYSPEP webinar presented completely in Spanish this year! Special shout out to Nelly Garcia from The Guidance Center of Westchester for doing the Spanish translation of our Strong Roots webinar and presenting it as a webinar.

Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health Concerns Webinar Alert (February 16th)

In order to understand and treat the developmental, behavioral, and relationship needs of the child, clinicians and providers must focus on the parent-child relationship. Early childhood mental health intervention requires working with parents and young children together in a way that helps attend the needs of both--together and separately.

Research from early brain development, attachment, and childhood trauma supports the need for clinicians to develop areas of expertise to ensure those working with young children and their families are well-trained to promote optimal mental health and address behavioral health concerns. 

This webinar will focus on skills and competencies providers need when working with parents and young children and strategies for supporting social-emotional development. Attendees will be introduced to the NYS-AIMH Endorsement, a credentialing system that supports and recognizes professionals who apply infant and early childhood mental health principles to their practice. Endorsement is not a license but an overlay that complements one's professional license and/or other credentials.

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Working with Immigrant and Refugee Communities to Support Strong, Healthy Families

Presentation PowerPoint: 2017 MM Presentation PowerPoint.pdf

Resource List: 2017 Member Meeting-Resource List .docx

Case Reference: 2017 Member Meeting-Trump v HI, APSAC amicus, final.pdf

Case Reference: 2017 Member Meeting-9th Cir Op.pdf

Additional Video Resource: "Better Safe Than Sorry" ("Mas Vale Prevenir Que Lamentar"): http://ap-od.org/resources?s=immigration 


Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC) - Immigration & Trauma: Before, During & After - http://ctacny.org/training/immigration-trauma-during-after  and in Spanish, Inmigración y Trauma: Antes, Durante y Después http://calendar.ctacny.org/event/?id=398

National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Celebrating World Refugee Day: Understanding Refugee Experiences and Improving Services

Toolkit from Sesame Street Communities:

“Care, Cope, Connect Comforting and Supporting Kids During Community Stress ”  is a  new workshop for from Sesame Street in Communities. This workshop is designed to be used with families in 3 workshops. It includes a 10 page downloadable guide for use with families which includes “more than 20 ways to help kids feel safe and secure and self-care tips for parents and caregivers”.