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We were all shocked and saddened to hear about the death of our colleague Wales Brown last week.
For nearly 30 years, Wales dedicated his life to helping parents build stronger, healthier connections with their children throughout upstate New York and beyond. He developed and implemented collaborative programs focusing on in-home preservation, parent education, and reunification of families with a history of abuse and neglect. His ability to connect with parents and children of varying backgrounds, his immense knowledge, and his dedication led him to state and national recognition in his field. Being awarded the prestigious ZERO TO THREE Fellowship (Class of 2014-2016) was a shining example of Wales’s accomplishments and his desire to always strive to expand his knowledge and influence as a leader in the field.
Wales was also a foster parent for more than a decade and was a single father of four boys with special needs who were freed for adoption. He worked in Ecuador, Egypt, and India in children's residential facilities and was a founding member of the Leadership Training Initiative for people living with HIV/AIDS, developing programming to respond to the needs of those in undeserved communities.
His personal and professional background made him uniquely qualified to work with the children and families of Northeast Parent & Child Society in Schenectady, New York, where he worked for 29 years. He was responsible for coordinating and teaching parenting groups for parents of children in different age groups through selected evidence-based curriculums. In addition to the group processes, he provided intensive individual in-home consultations and was a clinician in a supervised visitation program, coordinating and coaching visits using a coached visiting model and working with birth parents to build parenting skills and parental bonding. He completed his Masters in Adult Learning at SUNY Empire State College, and he was a nationally recognized Certified Family Life Educator (National Council on Family Relations). He also coordinated a fathering program in his community service work to help fathers that were separated from their children and worked privately in rural areas providing parent education.
Wales served for many years on the NYS Parenting Education PartnershipSteering Committee as well as the Credential Committee and Communications Committee. He was one of the first Parenting Educators in New York to apply for and be awarded the NYSPEP Tier III Credential: Senior Parenting Educator. While continuing his deep engagement with NYSPEP, he was elected to the National Parenting Education Network - NPEN in 2016 and was involved with the Communications and Membership Committees and had been serving the past two years on the Executive Committee as Secretary. He was instrumental in so much of the work of both organizations and volunteered his time and expertise generously.
Wales's death will be felt deeply in his community and throughout the world of parenting education.
The memorial service for Wales will be Saturday, March 16, 1 PM at First Reformed Church of Schenectady, at the corner of Union and Church streets in the stockade.
2019-2020 Mini-Grant Recipients Announced
NYSPEP is excited is to announce notifications have gone out to the 2019-2020 Mini-Grant Recipients! Special thanks to the NYSPEP Mini-Grant Review Committee and all those across New York State who applied. This year our review committee has decided to fund four Community Coalitions:
Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country, Inc.
Genesee Valley Health Partnership (GVHP)/ Trauma Informed Communities (TIC) Coalition
Healthy Moms/ Healthy Babies Coalition of Niagara County
Tioga Strong Families
NYSPEP Member Spotlight: Susan Perkins
Susan Perkins’s career began with adult education roles in Cooperative Extension in Berks County, Pennsylvania, as well as Continuing Medical Education at the Hershey Medical Center. After moving to the Finger Lakes with her young family, she volunteered and was then hired by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Tompkins County, leading programming in Family Development and Parenting Education there, and at Cortland County Extension.
Before joining the NYS Council on Children and Families in 2000, Susan was the director of an Even Start Family Literacy program in Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga counties. This experience served her well at the Council as a program manager for a statewide family literacy initiative. That is also where she got her start with NYSPEP, as an active member since its inception. She contributed to NYSPEP in several capacities, ultimately serving as co-chair of the Partnership.
Following her retirement from the Council, Susan has remained active in NYSPEP. It is her hope to connect the work of NYSPEP with other organizations with similar vision and to strengthen and expand the capacity of parenting educators across the state.
In addition to all of her professional and volunteer roles, Susan loves the live events at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), where she has ushered for the annual Jazz Festival, New York City Ballet, and the Philadelphia Orchestra for over 15 years!
Susan would love to see NYSPEP be recognized at the local and state level for its advocacy on behalf of parents--providing the information, strategies and support they deserve to raise healthy children.
SAVE THE DATE FOR SUMMER INSTITUTE: JUNE 5TH
The NYSPEP Summer Institute will be held on June 5th this year. Please mark your calendars and save the date! More information and details to follow.
Strong Roots Training Institute to be held in Staten Island
NPEN Webinar Opportunity: Competencies for Effective Parenting Education Practice
Members of NPEN’s Professional Preparation & Recognition Committee developed Parenting Educator Competencies: A Resource Document for the Field of Parenting Education (https://tinyurl.com/npencompetencies) to describe the knowledge, practice skills, and attitudes and dispositions that are foundational to effective practice for parenting educators. NPEN will host a webinar on March 6 to provide an overview of the document, how it was developed, and its potential uses. Please join us to learn more about this important resource.
Identifying Competencies for Effective Parenting Education Practice: An Overview of NPEN’s Parenting Educator Competencies Resource Document
March 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET (1:00 CT, 12:00 MT, 11:00 PT)
Presenters: Betty Cooke, Glen Palm, and Stephanie Jones
Register in advance for this webinar at https://tinyurl.com/npenwebinar
The webinar is free for current NPEN members. Others will be directed to join NPEN to attend. Membership is $25. Visit https://npen.org/membership/ to join. Registration confirmation is subject to membership verification. For more information, email Judy Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health in New York
You are invited to the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health in New York Free Seminar – register now to secure your attendance at the NYAEYC Pre-Conference Day! Hosted by the NYS Council on Children and Families, NYS Head Start Collaboration Office and experts in Early Childhood Mental Health in New York State. Come learn about how NY is working to meet the Social and Emotional Needs of all children Birth through Five.
April 4, 2019; 1pm-4pm; Mohawk Room, Turningstone Conference Center, Verona, NY
1. Infant Mental Health in NYS Overview, resources, training available for early care and education providers, Head Start/Early Head Start and PreK
2. Screening for possible social emotional health concerns and Early Intervention eligibility
3. A picture of the Pyramid Model and Infant Mental Health Consultation in NYS – One agencies success story
4. Next steps in NYS, initiatives, discussion of progress and challenges
We’ll be announcing more speakers in the upcoming weeks. Please register today for this free presentation – room capacity limits apply. Lunch is not included, so please plan accordingly. Questions please email Weller, Kristin (CCF) Kristin.Weller@ccf.ny.gov
Strong Roots Training Event Success in Hornell
On February 8th, 2019, NYSPEP and Kids on Track Steuben County held a Community Coalition Strong Roots training event in Hornell, NY. The theme for the day was Deep Roots are not Reached by the Frost with Danielle Asher from the Family Leadership Network (FLN) as the keynote speaker. Danielle engaged participants with her professional and personal experiences. Participates were able to hear from a panel of ten individuals comprised of parents who were the growing leaders and professionals who were the connectors. NYSPEP would like to thank Kids on Track for their partnership and planning for the professional development day!
NYSPEP Represents at BMCC Student Parent Resource Fair
On February 20th, 2019 NYSPEP Steering Committee Member, Meg Akabas and NYSPEP Program Coordinator, Melody Tien attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s (BMCC) Student Parent Resource Fair. Meg and Melody provided information on professional development opportunities, parenting tips and tricks and set up interactive games and questions to students, parents and professionals. NYSPEP would like to thank BMCC for the opportunity to table at the fair.
Agencies Unite to Increase Resilience in Orange County Families
On Friday, December 14 the Orange County Parenting Coalition, in collaboration with the Trauma Institute of Orange County and the Departments of Mental Health and Social Services held a screening of the film Resilience at the Emergency Services Center that was attended by nearly 120 professionals.
The purpose of the screening was to raise awareness among individuals who work with families and children, as well as to learn about how ACEs can be prevented by increasing resilience in families and in our community. Following the film, participants actively engaged in a discussion about how to incorporate this knowledge into their work, how to employ a trauma-informed approach, and how to create welcoming environments for the families they work with.
Orange County Commissioner of Social Services and Mental Health Darcie Miller encouraged participants to take what they learned and discuss it with their colleagues, friends and families with the goal to engage the larger community in developing the skills that lead to greater resilience across the board. As Commissioner Miller said, “Prevention is really what is most effective to ensure the future health and well-being of our community. While the concept of a trauma-informed approach is not new in the field of mental health, it is my hope that this approach will be adopted by all fields of human services and across sectors.”
Julika von Stackelberg, Co-Chair of the Orange County Parenting Coalition and Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County Parenting & Family Life Educator states, "Our vision is for Orange County to become a poster child for the creation of a coordinated community response to adverse childhood experiences and building resilience not only to improve the health and well-being of our community, but in a way that it can be replicated by other communities nationwide."
An additional screening and community discussion is planned at the Annual Making Healthful Decisions Conference on March 19 at Mount Saint Mary College. For more information or to register for these events, please call 845-344-1234.
NYSPEP Member Spotlight: Meg Akabas
Meg Akabas has been a leader in the parenting education world for more than ten years through her direct work with parents and expectant parents, writing about parenting, professionalization of the field, and policy work around supporting parents on a state and national level. Meg Akabas is the founder of New York City-based Parenting Solutions™, a consultancy designed to help parents discover the joy in parenting, and is the author of 52 Weeks of Parenting Wisdom: Effective Strategies for Raising Happy, Responsible Kids.
A New York Certified Parenting Educator, she is the current Chairperson of the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) and she has served on the Steering Committee of the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) since 2008. In addition, her extensive involvement with NYSPEP has included working on the Parenting Educator Credential, Professional Development, and New Parent Kit committees and developing and leading Strong Roots events. She has also presented workshops at conferences and webinars for NYSPEP on the topics of normal infant development, and how to design and facilitate parenting classes for expectant parents.
Meg has more than 18 years of leadership experience in schools and has served as president of the board of two schools in New York City. She is dedicated to helping parents raise emotionally healthy, responsible and kind children and is on the childbirth education staff at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City where she regularly teaches an intensive workshop on infant development and parenting. Ms. Akabas holds an MBA from Columbia University Business School, a bachelor and master's from Manhattan School of Music and is a certified group fitness instructor. She lives with her husband Seth in Manhattan, where they have raised their four children.
The latest episode of NPEN supported "Practically Perfect Parenting" podcast is here! "Why Kids Lie and What to Do About." Share with parents and/or use the series for professional development. It's free and available at the following link and on iTunes.Practically Perfect Parenting Podcasts
The following are from a recent issue of “Baby Talk,” a monthly listserv supported by Pritzker Children's Initiative and North Carolina Children's Initiative. (To join the listserv, send an email with no message to email@example.com.)
Talking to Infants Supports Their Brain Development: A survey of families found that advice given a babies’ one-month well-child visits focused more on feeding and the baby’s weight than on development or learning. For families who want to nurture their child’s brain development, talking, reading, and singing from day one are the strategies to pursue. These actions help create a language-rich environment that supports babies’ brain growth. Read more or watch a video in English or Spanish at parents-prescription-talk-read-and-sing
Toddlers Need More Laps Than Apps: In a December 2018 interview with leading pediatrician, Dr. Dimitri Christakis, Director of the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children's Hospital, he explains that toddlers are depending more and more on screens for self-soothing. When toddlers are left on their own with the device, they are "missing out on those critical human interactions" during a vulnerable period of brain development. He states that "toddlers need laps more than apps" and promotes the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics to avoid digital media use for children under age 2. Read more and watch a related video at cbsNews: effects-of-screen-time-on-kids
How to Raise a Reader: From the moment you’re expecting your first child, you are bombarded with messages about the importance of reading. For good reason: The benefits of reading at every stage of a child’s development are well documented. This article offers strategies for building the capacity to read in infants and toddlers that are fun, rewarding and relatively easy. how-to-raise-a-reader
Screen Sense: Impact of Media Use on Children Under 3 ZERO TO THREE has created evidence-based Screen-Sense Resources to assist caregivers of children under 3 years old to assess safe media content and usage for young children. The site includes a tool for choosing content and guidance on how to be a screen use role model for young children.
Lullabies of the World: Looking for international lullabies? The European Choral Association offers free access to recordings, scores, sing-alongs, and pronunciation of the lyrics. Search by 40 languages or dialects to find a song to soothe. lullabiesoftheworld.org
Resources on social-emotional development: All of the following are from the NYS Department of Health website page on social-emotional development.
Free CDC's Milestone Tracker App:
The CDC's Milestone Tracker is free app for tracking every child's development in a fun and easy way, now available in Spanish. This updated version of the app includes several improvements and can be used in either English or Spanish. Users can even track milestones in their preferred language and switch between languages during use or before sharing the summary. Milestones App
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN):
New Fact Sheet: For Teens: Coping After Mass Violence Teens will learn from this fact sheet about the common and expected reactions of youth who experience or witness mass violence. The fact sheet also gives tips for taking care of themselves, such as reaching out to others. https://www.nctsn.org/resources/for-teens-coping-after-mass-violence
New Fact Sheet: The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After a Parent or Caregiver Dies Caregivers can benefit from this fact sheet which offers guidance on talking to your child after a parent or caregiver dies. It gives suggestions on how to help children who are facing new fears, how to take care of yourself, how to maintain essential routines while adjusting to the loss and possible new changes, how to create comforting connections to the past while building new relationships, and how to seek out resources and supports for your children. https://www.nctsn.org/resources/power-of-parenting-how-to-help-your-child-after-a-parent-or-caregiver-dies
From Zero to Three:
Grand-Plan Partner Toolkit For many families with children under 5, grandparents fill a critical need for infant-toddler child care that is trusted, affordable, and accessible. Grandparents are out there providing contributions of love, time, and effort in families of every description. This partner toolkit helps early childhood professionals understand those relationships, support parents and grandparents, and share their stories.
Resources and information for fathers of infants and preschool age children at Fathers Matter.
Strong Roots Training Institute to be held in Staten Island
On March 22 there will be a regional Strong Roots Event held at Staten Island University. For more information and details, please contact Shamise Quinn at squinn@CHCRichmond.org.
ProAction of Steuben and Yates hosting Strong Roots Training Institute
On February 8th, Pro Action of Steuben and Yates will be hosting Deep Roots Are Not Reached by the Frost at The Main Place in Hornell, NY. For more information and details, please contact Margie Lawlor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making Healthful Decisions Conference
On March 19 Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County will be holding a Making Healthful Decisions Conference. For more information and details, please follow this link: http://cceorangecounty.org/events/2019/03/19/22nd-making-healthful-decisions-conference
NPEN to Introduce Parenting Educator Competencies Resource Document
The National Parenting Education Network will introduce Parenting Educator Competencies: A Resource Document for the Field of Parenting Education in a national webinar on March 6. NPEN's purpose in creating this document is to describe the knowledge, skills, and attitudes and dispositions that are the foundation for effective practice for parenting educators. The webinar will review the development of this resource and its potential uses. The webinar is free for NPEN members. For others, the cost is $25 and includes the webinar and a one year membership in NPEN. For more information on the document and to receive notice of registration information send email to email@example.com.
Strong Roots Training Institute Kicks Off in Tompkins County
On January 25th, 2019, NYSPEP and Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County held our first Community Coalition Strong Roots training event of the year in Ithaca, NY. The theme for the day was Trauma Responsive Care at Home and in Schools with Renee Hettich from the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York as the keynote speaker. Renee engaged participants with her professional and personal experiences. Participates were able to “Build a Brain” based on the Brain Architect Game developed by Harvard University. NYSPEP would like to thank CCE Tompkins County for their partnership and planning for the professional development day!
Protective Factors Framework Training in Orange County
The Orange County Parenting Coalition hosted a two-day Protective Factors Framework training on January 10th and 11th in Middletown, NY. During the interactive training, participants were introduced to the five protective factors that help make families strong and equipped with concrete tools to build resilience in children and families. Participant feedback was outstanding. NYSPEP would like to thank Tamaé Memole and Kara Georgi for facilitating the training and discussions.
NYSPEP in the News
Community Coalition Application Released, Webinar Recording Available
Calling all interested coalitions! The New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) is proud to announce the release of our 2019-2020 Community Coalition Application. NYSPEP will be awarding four mini grants to community coalitions throughout New York State.
All interested parties, please read through the application materials and complete the application by COB January 18th, 2019 at 4pm.
NYSPEP hosted a webinar on December 6th, 2018 at 12 PM to go through the application materials and answer any questions about the application process. Missed the webinar? Please click HERE for the recording.
To learn more about NYSPEP, please visit our website at www.nyspep.org
NYSPEP Member Spotlight: Margie Lawlor
Margie Lawlor’s first interaction with NYSPEP was in roughly 2008 while assisting with some social marketing work being done by one of the committees. She became re-engaged when her organization, Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. offered to pilot the New Parent Kit in 2016.
Throughout her career she has successfully combined her professional strengths in communications, marketing, strategic nonprofit management and analysis to build a career advancing the effectiveness of the social sector. From her work at the turn of the century in the United Way system, through a successful consulting practice, to her current leadership role in a Community Action agency, she has gained a breadth of wisdom informing her work. Areas of specific content knowledge include early childhood education, K-12 education, family strengthening, housing, healthcare, poverty reduction and community change.
Margie has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish from George Mason University and a Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University. She lives in Corning, New York with her loving family, including her husband and two young adult sons. She is inspired by her origins in a large Irish family from the working class suburbs of Philadelphia.
Fun fact! Margie hung around with some of the same people as Tina Fey did in high school, and Tina mentioned one of them in her book BossyPants.
Webinar Alerts: "Introduction to the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support" and "Nurturing Fathering"
NYSPEP'S Professional Development Series continues on January 24th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. with Introduction to the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support. Please join us to learn more about the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.
Since being issued by the California Network of Family Strengthening Networks in 2012, and adopted by the National Network of Family Support and Strengthening Networks in 2013, these Standards are being used across the country by public departments, foundations, networks, community-based organizations, and families.
Based on the Principles of Family Support Practice and the Strengthening Families Framework and its research-based evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors, they have created a common language across different kinds of Family Strengthening and Family Support programs such as Family Resource Centers, home visiting programs, and child development programs. They are used a tool for planning, providing, and assessing quality practice.
You can also register for Nurturing Fathering: Using A Group Approach to Help Dads Think and Learn About Fathering, rescheduled to January 14th from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Participants will become familiar with the Nurturing Fathers Program. If you are interested in this webinar, please register HERE.
NYSPEP Summer Institute Planned, Save the Date
The NYSPEP Summer Institute will be held on June 5th this year. Please mark your calendars and save the date! More information and details to follow.
Motherhood Cafe Offered at New York Foundling
Healthy Families New York, NYSPEP and Staten Island Perinatal Network are hosting a Motherhood Cafe at the New York Foundling on January 7, 2019 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for moms to eat, relax and talk. There are only 20 slots available. If someone that you know or work with would like to attend, please have them call Shamise at (917) 830-1200, ext. 7611.
Strong Roots Training Institutes for 2019 are Kicking Off
On January 25th, a Strong Roots Training entitled Trauma Responsive Care at Home and in Schools will be offered at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY. The cost is $50 and pre-registration is required. In order to register, follow this link.
Then, on February 8th, Pro Action of Steuben and Yates will be hosting Deep Roots Are Not Reached by the Frost at The Main Place in Hornell, NY. For more information and details, please contact Margie Lawlor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Cafe Rescheduled to January 14th
ProAction of Steuben and Yates, Hornell Area Family Resource Center and Hornell City School District are hosting a Community Cafe at Hornell Family Resource Center at Hornell Intermediate School on January 14, 2019 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Please spread the word about this great opportunity for refreshments and conversations with your neighbors. For more information call Hornell FRC at (607) 324-1304, ext. 1741.
Community Coalition Application Released, Webinar Scheduled
Calling all interested coalitions! The New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) is proud to announce the release of our 2019-2020 Community Coalition Application. NYSPEP will be awarding four mini grants to community coalitions throughout New York State.
All interested parties, please read through the application materials and complete the application by COB January 18th, 2019 at 4pm.
NYSPEP will be hosting a webinar on December 6th, 2018 at 12 PM to go through the application materials and answer any questions about the application process. Please register HERE for the webinar.
For additional information about NYSPEP, please check out our website at nyspep.org
Webinar Alert: Toxic Stress in Young Children--What It Looks Like, How We Can Help
NYSPEP'S Professional Development Series continues with "Toxic Stress in Young Children: What It Looks Like, How We Can Help" on Wednesday, December 12. The session is being offered in both English (from 10-11 a.m.) and Spanish (from 2-3 p.m.). Those in attendance will increase knowledge and awareness of social emotional development; improve the early identification for children who are experiencing developmental delays in social emotional development; become familiar with possible indicators of toxic stress in young children; and understand the importance of relationship building with families.
To register for the session in English, follow this link.
To register for the session in Spanish, follow this link.
NYSPEP Member Spotlight: Jennifer Gray
NYSPEP would like to take this opportunity to highlight Jennifer Gray, Community Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County. Thank you Jennifer for your passion and long-standing dedication in parenting education!
Read on to learn more about Jennifer:
I was raised in Palo Alto, CA. Fun fact: I took guitar lessons from Jerry Garcia in when I was in high school! It was exciting to be around San Francisco and Berkeley in the 60’s but also exhausting. I met my future husband while I was getting a BA in History at Mills College. He had previously worked on developing electronic synthesizers with Bob Moog in Trumansburg, NY, and kept telling me about this beautiful community where we could buy an amazing Victorian House and land for $20K and live in the country raising babies.
So we arrived here in June 1972, (just in time for Hurricane Agnes) and spent the next decade doing just that. I became involved in the home birth community and helped develop the Ithaca Birth Group which offered education and support for pregnancy and parenting until 2007. I developed my facilitator skills and wrote lesson plans. I also apprenticed as a direct entry midwife, which gave me valuable home visiting experience.
In early 2002, I started worked for CCE Tompkins as part of the Parents Count program. We offered parenting education while providing supervision for visitation for non-custodial parents. During this time, I completed my Family Development Credential. That job led to 10 years as the Even Start site supervisor for South Seneca, working with low income/ low literacy parents and their children birth – 8. We offered both home visits and center-based programming in the elementary school, providing education and support in Adult Literacy, Early Childhood Education, Parenting Education and positive Parent/Child Activities. It was an amazing program. I loved that job and evaluations showed that we were making a big difference to our many families. The federal funding for Even Start was eliminated in late 2011.
I was lucky to return to CCE Tompkins in 2012 and will happily stay here for the rest of my career.
My three children are grown now. All of them have chosen to live in California, where I have 8 grandchildren, including 2-year-old twins. Since I am a genealogist, I can say with certainty that there have not been twins in my family since 1804.
My beautiful Victorian house outlasted my marriage, and I still love living peacefully in the country near Trumansburg, with visits to my family 2 or 3 times a year.
Successful ToT in Steuben County
On September 14th, NYSPEP brought the Community Café Training of Trainers to Steuben County. In partnership with Kids on Track Steuben, participates were
equipped with knowledge on the Community Café model and how to facilitate Community Cafés in their respective communities. Round table discussions focused on
conversations related to parent engagement and leadership. NYSPEP would like to thank Kara Georgi for facilitating the discussion, as well as the leads of Kids on Track Steuben for their collaboration.
ToT Rolls Into Tompkins County Too
On October 31st, 2018, NYSPEP Steering Committee members attended the Community Café Training of Trainers hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County. In conjunction with the NYSPEP mini grant, CCE Tompkins County is bringing café conversations to Enfield, a rural community in Tompkins County as well as neighboring communities. Attendees of the training experienced a café discussion and had the opportunity to craft questions for future café topics. NYSPEP would like to thank CCE Tompkins County and Jennifer Gray for hosting the training as well as Anna Steinkraus and Elizabeth Wolff for facilitating the training day. We look forward to the parenting education and supports Enfield residents will receive!
2018 Community Cafe Conversations Coming Up!
There are several Community Cafe Conversations coming up in the very near future. If you are interested, please visit the NYSPEP website and scroll down to 2018 Community Cafe Conversations for more information.
Article: Helping Dads with Parenting
The concept of father as breadwinner is still stronger than ideals of fathers as nurturers. Find out how online communities are helping to change that with the Greater Good magazine article, “How Online Communities Help Dads with Parenting”.
NYSPEP Member Spotlight: Julika von Stackelberg
NYSPEP would like to take this opportunity to highlight Julika von Stackelberg, Parenting & Family Life Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County. Julika serves as the Co-Chair for Orange County Parenting Coalition and is very dedicated in providing parenting education services to her community. Orange County Parenting Coalition is one of four community mini grant recipients of NYSPEP this year. In collaboration with Julika's leadership, NYSPEP has brought Community Cafe conversations to Orange County. Their cafe theme of Resilience engages participants in discussion surrounding increasing resilience through their work with children and families. The Orange County Parenting Coalition is currently engaged with three surrounding school districts. Thank you Julika for your passion and dedication in parenting education!
Read on to learn more about Julika:
I grew up in Germany and went to volunteer in a kindergarten in a small village called Madietane in northern South Africa after graduating high school. My time there impacted me greatly! It impacted me so much that I was initially opposed to “formal education” as I thought formal education cannot possibly teach me what I really wanted to know and to learn about.
Therefore I strung together my own education with programs in non-traditional leadership and acting for community development after leaving South Africa. When I learned about the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University in London, my mind about formal education was completely changed and I enrolled and completed my B.A. in African Studies and Development Studies.
Upon completion of my studies and traveling some more, I came to the U.S.A. to live with my now husband, whom I had met during my years of “informal education” in NY. I initially worked for an international development organization, but realized that if I wanted to have a family, the constant travel would interfere.
I then spent 13 years working in fundraising for education and to end gender-based violence. I loved this work, as I got to be involved in community building around causes that were important to me.
During that time, my husband and I had three children and meeting the needs of a demanding job, commuting and also raising our children more or less by myself became a real challenge. There were many moments I wasn’t proud of my parenting and I knew that there must be a better way.
In my search for tools that would help me be firm AND loving with my children, I came across the Jai Institute for Parenting. I soon enrolled in their parenting coaching certificate program and when I obtained my certificate, I negotiated fewer hours of work with my employer to allow me to start working with parents one-on-one by phone across the world as their parenting coach. I began to see incredible changes in my own family, as well as in the families I was working with and was hooked! I knew that I wanted to do this work full-time.
When my current position at Cornell Cooperative Extension opened up, I took the leap and left my position in fundraising completely. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made! I love my work with families in my community and I know that together we’re changing the world in ways I had dreamt of when I was a child.
You Asked, We Listened
At July's NYSPEP Summer Institute, attendees asked for further information about several topics including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), responding to trauma, parenting and PTSD. Through the E-News, NYSPEP will be responding to those requests and highlighting resources that address these topics.
Parenting with PTSD newsletter shared information about a new documentary, “Wrestling Ghosts”, which is about “the epic inner journey of a young mother, who, over two heart-breaking and inspiring years, battles the traumas from her past in order to create a new present and future for her and her family.”
ACT for Youth is offering links to tools, guides, videos, and teaching materials related to young people and Internet use, digital safety and citizenship, and incorporating technology into youth programming through their Toolkit: Teens and Media.
Did you know that, on average, a child dies every ten days in the US from a television or furniture falling on top of him/her? The National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) is partnering with the US Product and Safety Commission to inform parenting educators and provide them with materials about the dangers of furniture tip-over incidents and to urge simple and low-cost solutions to prevent tragedies. Please share these materials from the "Anchor It! campaign at your agencies and with the parents with whom you work! Visit the Anchor It! website for more information.
Video about the dangers of furniture tip-over incidents.
Anchor It Tip Sheets and Educational Posters in English and Spanish:
A Challenging Yet Motivating Journey: The Experiences of Young Adult Parents with Serious Mental Health Conditions
Research shows that people with serious mental health conditions tend to become parents at a younger age than their peers. This webinar
will describe findings from qualitative interviews with 19 young adult parents (ages 22-30) living with serious mental health conditions. These personal narratives provide valuable insight on the unique experiences of young adult parents, a population that has received little attention. Common challenges included childcare, co-parenting, custody arrangements, and housing instability.
To find additional help and resources to deal with serious mental health conditions, please visit NAMI-NYS
. This is the state organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. It provides support to family and friends of individuals with mental illness and persons living with mental illnesses through more than 50 affiliates statewide.
New Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast Episode Available
The National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) Practically Perfect Parenting Podcast series has a new episode available. This ongoing podcast project tackles some of the biggest issues parents face, with humor and wit. Brought to you by The Charles Engelhard Foundation along with NPEN and hosted by parenting educators John Sommers-Flannagan and Sara Polanchek, each episode pairs cutting edge research in the field and proven techniques. The newly added episode tackles the topic of sibling rivalry. Share with your clients, or use for a professional development opportunities!
Training Alert: The Psychobiology of Trauma and Resilience in Families: Strengths in Immigrant and Refugee Communities (Adelphi University)
We often wish we knew how some families and children develop resiliency and are able to triumph in spite of adversity, while others seem unable to rise above their challenges. In examining these important questions, Dr. Sarah Enos Watamura is researching the neurobiological and psychological developments in families with young children--in both the children and the parents. She will help us understand the biological and psychological impacts of trauma for both children and adults, with a focus on the biological embedding of resilience. Her research encompasses newcomer families (immigrant and refugee families) in the United States, and guides us to consider the implications of infant and family mental health. This is a timely and important topic for the many disciplines that touch the lives of young children and families, and will increase our awareness of the physiology of resilience.
The training will be held on October 26th between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at Adelphi University.
To get more information or to register, click here.
NYSPEP Member Spotlight: Wales Brown
For nearly 30 years, Wales Brown, M.A. has dedicated his life to helping parents build stronger, healthier connections with their children throughout upstate New York and beyond. He has developed and implemented collaborative programs focusing on in-home preservation, parent education, and reunification of families with a history of abuse and neglect. His ability to connect with parents and children of varying backgrounds, his immense knowledge, and his dedication has led to state and national recognition in his field.
Wales was a foster parent for more than a decade and is a single father of four boys with special needs who were freed for adoption. He worked in Ecuador, Egypt, and India in children's residential facilities and was a founding member of the Leadership Training Initiative for people living with HIV/AIDS, developing programming to respond to the needs of those in undeserved communities.
His personal and professional background has made him uniquely qualified to work with the children and families of Northeast Parent & Child Society in Schenectady, New York for the past 29 years. He has been responsible for coordinating and teaching parenting groups for parents of children in different age groups through selected evidence-based curriculums. In addition to the group processes, he provides intensive individual in-home consultations and is a clinician in a supervised visitation program, coordinating and coaching visits using a coached visiting model and working with birth parents to build parenting skills and parental bonding. He recently completed his Masters in Adult Learning at Empire State College. He also coordinates a fathering program in his community service work to help fathers that have been separated from their children (www.fatherscareworkshop.com) and works privately in rural areas providing parent education.
He is a roller coaster junkie who has been involved with NYSPEP for six years!
How Brains Are Built: Core Story of Brain Development
Meg Akabas, NPEN Chair and NYSPEP Credentialed Parenting Educator, shared this website and video from the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative.
She says: "This short, four-minute "Brain Builders" video does an excellent job of explaining the brain science behind healthy development of infants and young children and the importance of environment and the parent/infant relationship. I plan on using it in some of my classes for expectant parents."
Updated Family Preparedness Wallet Cards and Fact Sheet for Caregivers and Educators
Before the kids go off to school, download and fill out the latest Family Preparedness Wallet Card. You will feel safer knowing your kids have family, medical, and emergency information at their fingertips. In addition to family info, the card gives numbers and websites for a variety of emergency services. Have family members carry a card at all times so they are prepared in case an event occurs when family members are not together. As Wallet Cards are now available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Armenian, and Russian, educators can print out and distribute cards for their students to complete and carry.
All families should have a Family Preparedness Plan as disasters can strike at any time, and there is usually little warning or time to prepare. Download the latest version of the Fact Sheet: Family Preparedness: Thinking Ahead, to learn steps to take before for an emergency event: (1) educate yourself and your family; (2) create a family emergency plan; (3) have a family communication plan; (4) make an emergency supply kit; (5) stay informed during and after an emergency; and (6) practice. The Family Preparedness fact sheet is now available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Armenian, and Russian.
More Attachment Vitamins Lessons!
You can now continue taking the Attachment Vitamins interactive, self-paced e-learning online course for adults working or living with children aged zero to five. Co-created by Alicia Lieberman, expert in parent-child attachment, child development, and trauma, Attachment Vitamins now includes the last four of the nine modules:
Lesson 6: Social & Emotional Development in the Toddler and Preschool Years
This lesson explains the role that culture plays on parental expectations of behavior, identifies how executive functioning impacts children's behavior and development, discusses the Theory of Mind and its role in child development, and sets out strategies for parents to use in managing children's behavior.
Lesson 7: Mental Health Concerns in Early Childhood
This lesson identifies the developmental milestones of early childhood, discusses the development of the awareness of self, explains how developmental stages affect children's mental health, and discusses common mental health disorders in early childhood.
Lesson 8: Self-Care When Working in Early Childhood Mental Health
This lesson discusses some of the challenges providers experience in working in early childhood mental health, expains the importance of self-care for parents and providers, and defines reflective supervision.
Lesson 9: Cultural Considerations When Working in Early Childhood Mental Health
This lesson lays out the tenets to developing culturally-informed infant mental health, explains the importance of a culturally-informed infant mental health, explains the importance of a culturally-relevant practice, and gives guidance on engaging special populations.
Richmond County ToT
On August 31st, 2018 NYSPEP brought Community Café Training of Trainers to Richmond County. In partnership with Staten Island Perinatal Network, participants were equipped with knowledge on how to facilitate Community Cafes in their respective communities. Round table discussions focused on conversations related to the Perinatal age group of 0-5. NYSPEP would like to thank Kara Georgi for facilitating the discussion, as well as the leads of the Staten Island Perinatal Network for their collaboration.
Articles: Revealing the Lives of Black Fathers (The New York Times)
"When Robyn Price Pierre walked down the street with her husband and newborn baby, she often noticed the curious stares and smiles her spouse received from strangers as he pushed his daughter's stroller. She soon realized why: It was the surprise of passers-by encountering a scene that's mostly invisible in mainstream culture--a black man as a devoted parent.
This realization inspired Ms. Price Pierre, creative director of the publisher Twenty Eight Ink, to explore black fatherhood in depth and has resulted in her book 'Fathers,' which uses personal photos to depict the relationship between fathers and children. The first in a series of photo books about fatherhood to be edited by Ms. Price Pierre, 'Fathers' serves as an important corrective, challenging a dominant culture that tends to disparage, discredit, or underestimate black men."
To learn more about how this book came into being and what it hopes to accomplish, read the rest of the article here.
NYSPEP Member Spotlight: Wales Brown
Wales Brown, a member of NYSPEP's Steering Committee has been selected to present at this year's conference of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), after rigorous peer review. At the conference, for tech-mediated learning projects from around the world and across many industries, Wales will present on his thesis topic, Using Mutual User Virtual Environments for Professional Development of Parent Educators. The conference work is published through the AACE database that is available through the Empire State College library and thousands of other participating university libraries.
For more information about the Virtual Environments for Professional Development contact Wales at Wales.Brown@neparentchild.org.
You Asked, We Listened
At the recent NYSPEP Summer Institute, attendees asked for further information about several topics including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), responding to trauma, parenting and PTSD. Through the E-News, NYSPEP will be responding to those requests and highlighting resources that address these topics.
Attachment Vitamins: Interactive Course on Early Childhood Attachment, Stress, and Trauma.
This online course is an interactive, self-paced, e-learning course for those adults who often find themselves in the company of children ages zero to five and their families. Perfect for professionals such as early childhood educators and child care providers, public health workers, nurses and other medical providers, and case managers, and for the caregivers of young children. Co-created by Dr. Alicia Lieberman, author of The Emotional Life of the Toddler, and world-renowned expert in the areas of child development and trauma, Attachment Vitamins provides an overview of early social-emotional development with suggestions to support healthy and mutually satisfying caregiver relationships. During the course, participants will learn about early childhood social-emotional development; explore the impact of stress and trauma; reflect on the possible meanings of children's behaviors; delve into the influence of culture on families' socialization goals; and become familiar with a number of strategies aimed to promote secure attachment and safe socialization practices.
Promundo promotes men's caregiving and active fatherhood to encourage equitable gender roles, prevent violence against women and children, and contribute to positive maternal and child health outcomes. Their partners around the world offer positive messaging through media and training classes, particularly for new fathers and couples, which have reached more than 250,000 people. They also encourage national-level advocacy within participating countries.
Choosing the Right Apps for Kids, from Child Trends.
Parenting Knowledge Among Parents of Young Children, A Research to Practice Brief.
Traumatic Separation and Refugee and Immigrant Children: Tips for Current Caregivers, from the National Traumatic Stress Network. NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH!
Supporting Young Parents: A Toolkit from Act for Youth
Wall Posters: Celebrating What Fathers Do Every Day
New eLearning Course
Giving Immigrant Children a Voice: Understanding Traumatic Separation Webinar
Focuses on helping providers, current caregivers, and others recognize the effects of Traumatic Separation in immigrant children of different ages, understand immigrant children's prior trauma experiences, and utilize practical suggestions for supporting immigrant children who have been separated from parents and siblings. Presenters: Judy Cohen, MD, Allegheny General Hospital; Stacey Frymier LPCC, LPAT-ATR, IMH-E (IV-C), Las Cumbres Community Services, Inc.; Javier Rosado, PhD, Florida State University College of Medicine; Saida Abdi, LICSW, Boston Children's Hospital Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center.
Family Estrangement Project
A Cornell project is seeking the help of CCE educators in reaching out to community members. Dr. Karl Pillemer, Professor of Human Development at Cornell, is focusing on the issue of family estrangement; that is, situations where one or more family members cut off contact with one another for a period of time. A goal of the project is to create materials to assist family members experiencing this commong problem, as well as for professionals who work with families. They have created a website for the Cornell Family Reconciliation Project to gather people's stories of how they reconciled with their families after an estrangement. People can share their reconciliation stories on the website at https://www.familyreconciliation.org/.
Orange County ToT
On August 9th, 2018 Orange County Parenting Coalition had their NYSPEP Community Café Training of Trainers. At the day long training, participants were introduced to the Community Café model and the Five Protective Factors. Resilience was the theme of the café experience. Round table group discussions explored how families in the community show resilience and the importance of building resilience. NYSPEP would like to thank Kara Georgi for facilitating the discussion, as well as the leads of the Orange County Parenting Coalition for their collaboration.
Call for Submissions for the 20th Annual Families & Fathers National Conference
The 20th Annual Families & Fathers National Conference will be held March 4th-7th in Los Angeles, CA. They are currently seeking workshop proposals with a deadline for abstracts of September 30th. The selection criteria will involve relevance to theme, clarity of workshop, significance, and originality. Presenters must send a 150-300 word abstract, including the presenter's affiliation, biography, workshop title, three learning objectives, and email address. For more information or to apply, click here.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Announcing 2018-2019 Community Coalition Award Recipients
NYSPEP announced 2018-2019 Community Award Recipients! We are funding coalitions associated with:
*Kids on Track Steuben
*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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 (email@example.com).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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 opportunities—infused with your unique skills and passion for change—our 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 email@example.com.
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 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.