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NOVEMBER 2022

INTRODUCING NEWLY CREDENTIALED PARENTING EDUCATORS

The NYSPEP Credential Workgroup is pleased to share that four outstanding parenting educators have earned Credentialed Parenting Educator awards in 2022.

Ann Magalhaes is a founding member of The Parent Team New York in Rye, NY.  She works with families in Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam.  Building on over ten years of facilitation experience with parents, Ann has developed and facilitates a core 6-session family skills course in addition to a roster of topic-based workshops.

Ellen Taner of Taner Associates currently resides the state of Maine but has worked with families in New York and other locations for several years.  Ellen has extensive experience working with families in substance abuse prevention programs. Currently she facilitates FamilyKind workshops for parents experiencing separation and divorce in the counties of Manhattan, Westchester, Suffolk and Brooklyn.

Yu Jiang resides in Montana. She is a Licensed Family Educator in Minnesota and worked in Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) in that state.  In addition to offering diverse parenting programs in several languages, Yuji FamilyKind workshops for parents experiencing separation and divorce in the counties of New York, Kings, Bronx, Queen’s and Richmond.

Roxana Servellon works with families in Queens County.  She works with families dealing with alcohol and substance abuse.  In that role, she is developing a parent training program based on their specific needs and is initiating a parenting guidance/support group for those patients who can benefit and are interested in being joining. 

Contact Credentia@nyspep.org to learn more about how you can join this talented group as a Credentialed Parenting Educator.  The next deadline for credential applications is January 31, 2023.  Credentialed Parenting Educators are available as mentors to assist applicants with the process.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES FOR PARENTING EDUCATORS

Parenting Educators are continuously working to expand their knowledge and skills to best meet the needs of diverse families in an always changing world.  There are several online resources that can help you continue to expand your knowledge and skills. The two shared here are free and can be accessed at your convenience.

The Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative offers free trainings for parenting education professionals on a variety of topics, including facilitation skill-building; anti-racism, equity, and inclusion; resilience and trauma-informed care; parenting education curricula; and other emergent topics. Training Academy workshops are free webinars presented by trainers, educators, and other professionals who are experts in their respective fields.  Lear more about Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative at  https://health.oregonstate.edu/opec/educators/training-academy

OneOp is a free and open-access multidisciplinary professional development resource for providers serving military families.  Professionals serving military families are faced with so much information and services for military families. OneOp sifts through this information, and gathers resources and experts to help you learn, share, and engage with other service providers to improve your practice and ultimately improve the lives of the service members and families you serve.  Learn more about FREE online learning opportunities and events at https://oneop.org/learn-with-us/

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS UPDATE

Our statewide Strong Roots series featured Dr. Barbara Sorrels, EdD, a child development specialist and educator who  shared her experience with evidence-based strategies for guiding children through trauma and other challenges. The Strong Roots events were held in Buffalo, Binghamton, Saratoga Springs, and Ossining. We are very appreciative of our community partners that help implement this series across the state.

NYSPEP MEMBERSHIP

Did you know? NYSPEP Membership is FREE for parenting educators and professionals who support parents.  Share this link with your colleagues who work with anyone who cares for children: JOIN NYSPEP NOW.  Members receive information every month on exciting training events, related research, tips to share with parents and other NYSPEP updates. 

NYZTT WEBINAR: CDC’S REVISED DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONE CHECKLISTS

New York Zero-to-Three is sponsoring a webinar on CDC’s revised developmental milestone checklists (with new checklist ages added at 15 and 30 months) and other Learn the Signs. Act Early. Materials, with parent tips, were made available in February 2022.  This webinar is helpful to all practitioners working with families who have children from birth to three years of age.  

Presented by: Lisa Wiggins, CDC, Dr. Elizabeth Isakson, CDC, and Dr. Romina Barros, CDC

When: Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Time: 12:00 pm- 1:15 pm

Register here on Eventbrite

PODCAST ALERT: THE BRAIN ARCHITECTS

Integrating #mentalhealth services into pediatric care may help providers identify potential mental health issues earlier in a young child's life - before urgent intervention is required. Learn more in The Brain Architects podcast. #ecd

OCTOBER 2022

FREE STRONG ROOTS SEATS STILL OPEN FOR THIS WEEK IN SARATOGA AND WESTCHESTER, FEATURING

Register here for Saratoga’s event on Thursday and here for Westchester’s event on  Friday

Barbara Sorell’s EDD is a child development specialist, educator, and consultant with a heart for children from hard to places. As the founder of Connected Kids, she provides educators, parents, and advocates with compassionate, evidenced-based strategies for guiding children through trauma and other challenges. Her approach is based on the belief that when children feel connected to themselves, their families, and the world around them, they can overcome even the darkest of circumstances and reach their fullest potential.

WORKING WITH REFUGEES AND OTHER NEW AMERICANS—RESOURCES NOW AVAILABLE

Nice but hosted a two-part series for parent educators working with refugees and other new Americans.   The webinars provided introductory knowledge for professionals working with a refugee and immigrant populations and resources to help these families in their communities. Resources from the webinars are now available through this link.

WHAT’S UP WITH COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS?

Our Saratoga Coalitions, Community Partners in Parenting and the Saratoga Center for the Family Community Response Team, has completed their pre-orientation and have moved on the next steps. At the Mechanicville Community Center on September 9th from 10 am – 3pm, Kara Georgi lead the community participants through the Community Café process. 6 people attended an engaging conversation on meeting communities where they are through dialogue. Our Rochester coalition, the Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10, moving along in the process as well and will be doing their own pre-orientation with Kara soon.

CREDENTIAL COMMITTEE NEWS

Throughout the summer, Meg Akabas and Karen Sweeney have been working alongside potential applicants. They have been hosting group sessions with about 3 -5 people per group. The groups have reported that they enjoy the Zoom sessions every couple of weeks with other applicants as it pushes them to stay active throughout he application cycle. The Credential has 3 applications, currently, and in the month of September will offer scholarships to applicants. As of right now, we have 6 potential applicants in review. This Fall, 4 new reviewers will be trained, along with a team of educators and state agencies who have offered their support to the new reviewers as mentors over the next year.

LEARNING MORE ABOUT TWEENS

Kids between 8 and 12 are called “tweens” because they are in between children and teenagers. It’s very normal for kids this age to start to move from being very close to parents to wanting to be more independent. But they still need a lot of help from their parents. Learn more about them and how to relate through this link.

SEPTEMBER 2022

STRONG ROOTS SPEAKER SERIES FEATURING DR. BARBARA SORRELS, EdD

Save the Date for this fall’s Strong Roots Speaker Series featuring Dr. Barbara Sorrels, EdD, Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education and author of the award-winning book, Reaching and Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma. She currently directs a therapeutic preschool program for children with a history of trauma.

Registration opens soon via email. Events will be held in the following locations:

Buffalo, October 3

Binghamton, October 4

Saratoga, October 6

Westchester, October 7

NYSPEP PARENTING EDUCATOR CREDENTIAL OPPORTUNITIES 

Get formal recognition for your knowledge and skills in supporting parents, children, and families.

Resources are available to support applicants for the Parenting Educator Credential. Scholarship funds are available to applicants to cover a portion of the application fee.  In addition, applicants will have the opportunity to work with a mentor who will guide them and offer support throughout the development of their application portfolio. 

The next submission deadline for the parenting educator credential application is January 31, 2023.  In October we will be organizing mentoring groups. Parenting educators meet once or twice a month in a small group to work with a mentor who has successfully completed the credential application process.  Mentoring is free to all applicants.   

Whether you would like to join a group or work on your own, contact Judy Wolf, Acting Credential Coordinator, at credential@nyspep.org, for more information about how to apply for your NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE 2022 TOGETHER FOR FAMILIES CONFERENCE

Register today to join the more than 380 participants who have registered to date for the virtual 2022 Together for Families Conference. This unique biennial event connects various stakeholders from across the U.S. and Canada in the Family Support and Strengthening Field to focus on best and promising practice for supporting families’ advancement.  Designed for practitioners at the program, systems, and funder levels, the conference will provide valuable opportunities for learning from expert presentations, innovation sharing, peer learning, and networking. Register here.

STRATEGIES TO HELP PARENTS AND FAMILIES CREATE HEALTHY AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS

Parents and families have a powerful role in supporting children’s learning, health, and well-being at home and school. When parents are engaged in their children’s school activities and initiatives, children get better grades, choose healthier behaviors, and have better social skills. Students who have parents involved in their school lives also are more likely to avoid unhealthy behaviors, and they are less likely to be emotionally distressed. Learn more here.

HELPING YOUR YOUNG CHILD FEEL AND UNDERSTAND THEIR FEELINGS

We all know that emotions like love and gratitude are fun and beneficial, but what about emotions like fear, worry, or jealousy? Believe it or not, all our feelings serve a purpose. I say “believe it or not” because maybe, like me, you may have grown up believing that being scared is bad and something to avoid. Fear certainly does feel uncomfortable. But what if you could make friends with fear? The following is an excerpt from the Reader’s Note in the Imagination Press new book Feel Your Feelings. It explains the book’s basic concept and why scary emotions are our friends.

AUGUST 2022

THE NYS BIRTH THROUGH FIVE (NYSB5) PARENT/PRIMARY CAREGIVER SURVEY IS OPEN

We’re reaching out to parents, guardians and caregivers of children birth through 5 years to share thoughts about their child’s early care and education experience (in child care, pre-k, home visiting, early intervention, special education, etc.). For those who complete the survey, a $5 digital gift care will be provided.

Please forward this link to parents and caregivers in your network – thank you!

DEADLINE COMING UP FOR WALES BROWN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP--APPLICATIONS DUE AUGUST 15TH

This scholarship is awarded by the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) in memory and honor of Wales Brown’s dedication to helping parents, especially fathers, build stronger, healthier connections with their children. Wales developed and implemented collaborative programs focusing on in-home preservation, parent education, fatherhood, 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, focus and 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’ accomplishments and his desire to always strive to expand his knowledge and influence as a leader in his profession.

The scholarship will be awarded to a front line parenting educator who is seeking professional development, access to the latest research, and connection to others in the field. It will cover the full Zero to Three Conference fee and also includes a one-year membership in NPEN.

The deadline is August 15th! You can find more information and the application here. Please share with your networks.

RESOURCES FOR FATHERHOOD PROGRAM PRACTITIONERS

In the past three years, the Child Trends’ Coparenting and Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education for Dads (CHaRMED) project has aimed to understand better how fatherhood programs support fathers’ coparenting and intimate relationships. This article highlights important lessons learned from CHaRMED that can inform how fatherhood program practitioners support fathers’ relationships and improve their—and their families—well-being.

LGBTQ+ TEENS 4X MORE LIKELY TO ATTEMPT SUICIDE

Young people who identify as LGBTQ+ are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual or cisgender peers due to frequent experiences of discrimination, hostility & rejection. Caring and informed family support can help kids cope when life feels overwhelming. You will feel better prepared to help your child when you know more about these suicide risk factors.

JULY 2022

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR WALES BROWN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is awarded by the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) in memory and honor of Wales Brown’s dedication to helping parents, especially fathers, build stronger, healthier connections with their children. Wales developed and implemented collaborative programs focusing on in-home preservation, parent education, fatherhood, 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, focus and 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’ accomplishments and his desire to always strive to expand his knowledge and influence as a leader in his profession.

The scholarship will be awarded to a front line parenting educator who is seeking professional development, access to the latest research, and connection to others in the field. It will cover the full Zero to Three Conference fee and also includes a one-year membership in NPEN.

The deadline is August 15th! You can find more information and the application here. Please share with your networks.

BIPOC MENTAL HEALTH TOOLKIT AVAILABLE FOR JULY 2022

Mental Health America is pleased to announce that their 2022 BIPOC Mental Health Month toolkit is out!  Go to mhanational.org/july or click the link above to download the toolkit. You can also find actionable ways to support BIPOC communities and honor the legacy of Bebe Moore Campbell, the pioneer whose advocacy and visionary work first led to July’s formal dedication to the needs of BIPOC communities in mental health beginning in 2008.

Within each cultural category of this toolkit you will find information on historical context, barriers to well-being, cultural beliefs, strengths and resiliency factors, and calls to action. In addition, you can find sample social media posts, downloadable images, culture-specific resources, worksheets, and more!

FAVORITE BOOKS FOR FAMILIES FACING TOUGH TIMES FROM ZERO-TO-THREE

ZERO TO THREE experts share their favorite picture and activity books for supporting young children through stressful and traumatic situations. Check out their recommendations here.

 GIVE YOUR KIDS A HEALTHY BODY AND MIND THIS SUMMER

You can help your kids prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally for the upcoming school year with healthy and fun summer activities. Get some ideas from the CDC through this link.

JUNE 2022

THE ROAD TO RECEIVING THE NYSPEP CREDENTIAL--ONE PARENTING EDUCATOR'S STORY 

by Patricia De Diego

This is my story.  It’s not so different from others, but it is mine.

My name is Patricia de Diego and I am originally from Spain.  I became a Credentialed Parenting Educator through the New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP), as well as Certified Executive and Life Coach through New York University and Associate Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation.  I got married 16th years ago and I have 3 kids.

I was born and raised within a family with strong family roots and values.  I didn’t realize that until my adulthood.  I remember a happy childhood and adolescence.  Today I am able to understand that my family and my past brought me to my present and I feel fulfilled.

I moved to NYC twelve years ago and I decided to study to earn credentials and certifications related to  my kids and my role as a mom.  I thought that what I was going to learn would be a big benefit for my own family, but, during that process, I also discovered my passion. When I began to work with people, mostly moms and teenagers, I could observe the benefits of teaching them how to address their life as well as how to maximize their personalities, their thinking, the way they live their life, how to help them solve problems or resolve situations, how to develop tools and abilities, etc. and, overall, how to live their better life.

Honestly, the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential was what encouraged me to begin my career with families.  I found very professional and nice people at NYSPEP who were open to give me information and guide to me in order to get my credential.

When I began my training in parenting education, I decided to apply my new knowledge to my husband and my kids because I thought, “If I want to help families to be happy, I need to work on myself and my family -- could I really help others if I am not happy with my own family?”

For the last ten years, I have faced many situations working with more than two hundred families; sometimes there are hard challenges, but everything has given me my background and expertise to be where I am today.

Based on my experience working with kids and being a mom, two years ago I wrote four books for kids and teenagers to help them develop their self-knowledge, their happiness, their values, tools, self-awareness, etc.

Now, I run three businesses related to families and I feel that I am contributing to this world in the best way I can. I like to think that I work to create integrated families with strong members, roots and values.

Every time that a mom or dad calls me to tell me how happy they are because of the benefits that I brought to their family, it gives me professional satisfaction.

Every time my husband tells me that he is proud of me because I effectively and respectfully manage situations with our kids and ourselves -- a result of all my efforts and my dedication to my family and this work -- it gives me personal satisfaction.

I am very proud that parents contact me because they know that I can help their families by helping them be better parents and people.

I am very proud of the kids that work with me because I teach them values, tools and skills that will benefit them for their entire lives.

I am proud of the society we live in because parents who observe that there is an issue with their kids take action and look for help instead of waiting to see if the problem will disappear.

And, I am proud of myself because I am a more conscious mom and professional with a clearer purpose because I studied, learned, practiced and worked for it.

FORMULA SHORTAGE RESOURCES--PLEASE SHARE

If you or someone you know is not able to find infant formula, please see the following information and share with others:

  • Call your OB/GYN, pediatrician, or family doctor to see if theey have samples or can suggest a similar formula to your infant's typical forumla.
  • Utilize United Way's 2-1-1 Resource. You can find this on the web at https://www.211.org/about-us/your-local-211. You can also connect with them on the phone by dialing 2-1-1 to talk to someone who can connect you to a food pantry or other place to find formula or baby food.
  • Check your formula's lot code to see whether or not it was affected by the recall. You can verify by going to 

    https://www.similacrecall.com/us/en/product-lookup.html

JUNE LEARNING CAFE: JUNETEENTH - "THE HALF-LIFE OF FREEDOM: RACE & JUSTICE IN AMERICA TODAY

Thursday, June 9th, 2022 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81279032179

With wit, style, and erudition Jelani Cobb is one of the clearest voices in current conversations about race. A staff writer for The New Yorker, he’s an expert on how race, politics, history and popular culture intersect in America, and is known for sharing his brilliant opinions on current events in real time—for example, Jelani is featured in the hit Netflix documentary 13th, which explores the origins of mass incarceration in America. Author of the highly-acclaimed book The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress, he also writes on more pressing and somber issues, like police brutality, voter access, racial discord, and the partisan polarization. As the preeminent voice on these matters, Jelani eloquently explores how the past looms in our contemporary societal landscape and how we can collectively push towards a more equitable America. Join us on June 9th for an informative conversation on the subject of Juneteenth and its connection to the history of race relations in the United States. 

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HAVE SOME NEWS TO SHARE? LET US KNOW.

We are always looking for news and resources to share with the NYSPEP community of followers. If you have an article tip or idea, please send details and/or photos to Wendi Brandow at wbrandow@preventchildabuseny.org.

MAY 2022

MENTORED GROUPS AVAILABLE FOR NYSPEP CREDENTIAL APPLICANTS

The next submission deadline for the parenting educator credential application is July 31st, 2022. It's not too late to join a group to work on your application with the support of a mentor. Mentoring is FREE to all credential applicants and there are application fee scholarships still available.

Whether you would like to join a group or work on your own, please contact Judy Wolf, Acting Credential Coordinator, at credential@nyspep.org, for more information about how to apply for your NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential.

OCFS ANNOUNCES RFP TO PROVIDE HEALTHY FAMILIES HOME VISITING SERVICES

The NYS Office of Children and Family Services has released this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit applications to provide Healthy Families New York (HFNY) home visiting services to include the Healthy Families America (HFA) Child Welfare Protocols to unserved counties in New York State. The unserved counties targeted by this RFP are Cayuga, Chautauqua, Columbia, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Lewis, Montgomery, Nassau, Onondaga, Putnam, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, and Wyoming. Proposals are due 6/3/22 by 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

Proposals are due 6/3/22 by 4:00 pm Eastern Time. The necessary documents are available at the following sites:

Grants Gateway # CFS01-HFNY-2022

https://grantsgateway.ny.gov

RFP # 1078

https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/contracts/funding/

NYS Contract Reporter # 2081627

https://www.nyscr.ny.gov/agency/adsView.cfm?numID=2081627

Please refer to the RFP document for additional information and submission requirements.

NEW YORK ZERO-TO-THREE NETWORK ANNOUNCES SPRING GALA W/ DR. STACY PATTON

New York Zero-to-Three Network, is hosting their virtual Spring Gala featuring Dr. Stacy Patton, author of Spare the Kids, Why Whupping Children Won’t Save Black America on May 11th.   

Dr. Stacey Patton is an adoptee, child abuse survivor, and former foster youth, now an award-winning author, journalist and child advocate. For this event, she will be joined in a compelling conversation with Erasma Beras-Monticciolo, NYZTT Board member, co-founder and Executive Director of Power of Two. 

This will be a virtual soiree, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 6:30 PM-8:00 PM via ZOOM.   

APRIL 2022

PCANY’S PARENTING TIP OF THE DAY CAMPAIGN FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

 Looking for parenting tips or resources for the parents you work with? Check out Prevent Child Abuse New York’s Parenting Tip of the Day campaign for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Follow this link below to get a new tip every day for the whole month of April.

HELP YOUR CHILD GROW, LEARN, AND THRIVE DURING THE MOST UNCERTAIN TIME

My COVID-19 Resilience Workbook, for children ages 5-10, is 38 pages of fun, easy to follow activities that help children learn how to navigate the ups and downs we're all facing. Your child will learn emotional well-being and resilience skills that will help them survive and thrive throughout their lives. This valuable resource is available for free. Please share this information with your friends and click here to download it. For a free, printed copy of the workbook, email Laura Bart.

APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH

The theme for 2022 is “This Is Prevention.” CAP Month will focus on what prevention of child abuse means, and how we all have a role in primary prevention. Primary prevention reduces the likelihood of ACEs and toxic stress from ever occurring. We can't control all circumstances in the lives of children, but we can shift toxic stress to manageable stress and we can help people through their most difficult moments.

Anyone can be a part of the campaign, as a first step towards becoming a Prevention Champion. Visit the Prevent Child Abuse New York website to see how you can be a Prevention Champion!

FREE CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH VIDEOS AND PRINT RESOURCES FOR PARENTS, EDUCATORS, AND STUDENTS

The California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project, developed in partnership with the state of California, features a series of free videos and print resources for parents, educators and students, all available in English and Spanish. This project promotes children's mental health and teaches essential coping skills through five topics. You can view the videos here.

“TALKING TO LISTEN: CREATING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH FAMILIES EXPERIENCING STRESS”

Children react differently to stress and trauma, which can sometimes exhibit itself as challenging behaviors in the classroom. This workshop helps educators understand the impact that family stressors (such as a death, food insecurity, community violence, etc.) can have on children and their caregivers. Participants will learn how to notice these family stressors, how to build positive relationships that provide a supportive environment, and strategies to manage strong emotions when having difficult conversations.

Date: April 6 at 7 p.m. Eastern time (duration: 1.5 hours)

Presented by: Patrick M. McKelvey, MS, NCC, National Youth Advocate Program

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CYBERBULLYING AND SCHOOL REFUSAL: NEW RESOURCES

Project TEACH is pleased to announce new comprehensive information on Cyberbullying and School Refusal and ways to prevent these highly treatable issues. Click on the link below to access our downloadable resources, available in seven languages, including Spanish, Simple Chinese, and Bengali.

projectteachny.org/cyberbullying-and-school-refusal

And, as always, if you are treating a child, adolescent or perinatal woman who is struggling emotionally and you’d like to discuss the case with one of our Child and Adolescent or Reproductive Psychiatrists, dial 1.855.227.7272.

MARCH 2022

Share Your Knowledge and Experience With Us—Help Us Grow!

The New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP) is interested in understanding how parenting educators prepare for, and grow, in their role. We have developed a brief survey to help us learn more about those things from the people in the field.

Your contribution will help us determine how best to support parenting educators through effective professional development as well as the direction of the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential. We will make this information available to parenting educators as they develop their careers and to policy makers by promoting the value of professional parenting educators.  

You can help us in two ways: 

1.    Complete the survey by March 18.  It will take about 10 minutes. Go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9D6JQW6 

2.    Share the survey with parenting educators in your network.  (We are interested to hear from home visitors, early childhood educators, social workers, counselors, anyone who provides support and education to individuals who are parenting children.)  

Thank you for your input and for all you do to support families in New York State. 

Questions or concerns can be sent to Susan Perkins at seperkins14886@hotmail.com 

NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential Opportunities

Resources are available to support applicants for the Parenting Educator Credential

2022 is a great year for parenting educators to apply for the Parenting Educator Credential.  Scholarship funds are available to applicants to cover a portion of the application fee.  In addition, applicants will have the opportunity to work with a mentor who will guide them and offer support throughout the development of their application portfolio.  This will reduce the cost and increase the support for those applying by the July 31, 2022, due date.  Contact Judy Wolf at Credential@nyspep.org to learn more.

NYSPEP Credentialed Parenting Educators are invited to mentor new credential applicants.  Stipends are available for Credentialed Parenting Educators who join the team that offers mentoring support to credential applicants.  Contact Judy Wolf at Credential@nyspep.org to learn how you can participate in mentor training and join the forces who are working to expand the number of credentialed parenting educators across New York State.

“Principles of Adult Learning” Webinar Audio Now Available

 This webinar prepares participants to describe two or more adult learning approaches to use with parents; use criteria to select which adult learning approach to take based on context of the visit; select experiential learning for skill development; build on assets-based approaches by using inquiry to surface and challenge assumptions.

Listen to the audio here.

FEBRUARY 2022

Communications Consultant Needed: NYSPEP Issues Request for Proposal

With the recent receipt of a grant to support the expansion of the credential, NYSPEP is seeking a consultant or team of consultants to work with its members and stakeholders to create a set of resources that will help to advance the awareness, visibility, and adoption of the Parenting Educator Credential across the state.  A communications consultant will develop marketing and outreach materials to promote the NYSPEP Parenting Education Credential.  

For more information or to apply, please visit our website. Proposals are due by Friday, February 18, 2022.

February Learning Café: The Role of Code-Switching in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard Business Review explains that code-switching involves adjusting one’s style of speech, appearance, behavior, and expression in ways that will optimize the comfort of others in exchange for fair treatment, quality service, and employment opportunities. Code-switching is often taught and modeled to young minoritized and marginalized professionals. While code-switching can be effective and necessary, engaging in such behaviors comes at a cost.

You can learn more about code-switching and the way it affects marginalized professionals in February’s Learning Café being held on Thursday, February 10, 2022 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

Learn more and register here

Nominations Open for What’s Great in Our State

As part of the 2022 New York State What's Great in Our State (WGiOS) celebration on May 3. 2022, the planning committee for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event is seeking nominations to honor the individuals, communities, schools, and organizations across New York State that are making a difference in the field of children and youth mental wellness. 

Selected honorees will be recognized at the New York State What's Great in Our State (WGiOS) celebration on May 3, 2022., from 8:30 am to 3:30 p.m., at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, New York.  The event program will include a keynote and workshops and offer an opportunity to celebrate those who are working hard to produce positive outcomes for children, youth, young adults and families. 

You can access the nomination form here: https://forms.office.com/g/fngDkHsmL1  

The deadline for nominations is February 18, 2022.  

Caring in the New Year: Renewing a Community Wide Focus on Young Children and Families

As we enter 2022, early childhood thought leader Dr. Joan Lombardi urges us to renew our efforts of support to assure a robust continuum of care. Learn more through the this link

­­­­­­­­­Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware and Orange Counties Offers Free Webinar Series 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware and Orange Counties are excited to offer a series of five virtual free webinars that will focus on building resilience in our communities. All of the workshops provide teacher credits.

Upcoming Webinars will be:

·      Building Resilience in Uncertain Times with Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician, professor, founder of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, award-winning author  – February 3, 3:30 – 4:30 PM (this session will NOT be recorded)

·      The Power of Resilience: The value and impact of resilience enhancing approaches with Amy Sheel-JonesDirector, Trauma-Informed Care and TIG, CCSI – March 10, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

·      “Growing” Community Resilience Even Without a Green Thumb! With Theresa Barila, Founder, CRI – April 14, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

·      The Empower Action Model: A Framework for Preventing ACEs through the Promotion of Equity, Resilience and Wellbeing, with Michael Shriley, Children’s Trust South Carolina – May 12, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

This series is sponsored by Delaware and Orange County Cornell Cooperative Extensions and the Delaware County Rural Healthcare Alliance.

Registration is required. Go to:  http://bit.ly/BCR555   You will receive one link to join the remaining workshops.

JANUARY 2022

NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential Applications due January 31

The next due date for credential applications is January 31, 2022. NYSPEP has partial scholarships available to help cover the application fee. Interested applicants can schedule an online appointment for assistance with the application process. For information on how to apply or to schedule an appointment, contact Credential@nyspep.org.  Find more information about the credential at nyspep.org/professionals/credentialing.

Second Chance NYSPEP Webinar Opportunity with Jane Taylor: Principles of Adult Learning 

This is a second opportunity to learn from Jane's experience, following technical difficulties during last month's webinar. Sign up today to learn more about this helpful topic.  The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 16th from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Jane is an Improvement Advisor and Learning Designer.  She enjoys supporting  learning collaboratives, networks, and innovation projects by providing expertise in improvement approaches and measurement. She has advised over 100 collaboratives for both adult and pediatric populations and has worked with many states on reducing infant mortality, maternal health, medical home, primary and specialty care, reducing readmissions; to name a few. She focuses on building quality improvement capability and improving healthcare around the world.

How Technology Changed What’s Possible in Home Visiting & Infant Mental Health Programs

Early childhood and infant mental health services are critical programs that support the development of children ages 0-3 emotionally and socially, and help give them an equitable start in life. The earlier families start engaging with these programs, the more successful the outcomes for infants and children. This new report is a rare opportunity to hear directly from parents and caregivers who were most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic about how programs can be better designed to fit their needs — increasing effectiveness and ensuring that programs are reaching the families most in need of support. You can learn more and find the report summary through this link.

The Power of Parenting: How to Help Your Child After a Parent or Caregiver Dies

This resource offers guidance around helping children cope after the death of a loved one. Information is provided about how to face new fears in the context of bereavement, how grieving caregivers can take care of their own needs, how to help children hold on to the old while embracing the new and how to create comforting connections. In this fact sheet, co-developed by parents and professionals, parents share their knowledge gained from experience and provide practical, real life examples, that can help support families and their children who are experiencing grief and bereavement. The resource can be found through this link.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware and Orange Counties Offers Free Webinar Series 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware and Orange Counties are excited to offer a series of five virtual free webinars that will focus on building resilience in our communities. All of the workshops provide teacher credits.

The first webinar on January 13 is will address Growing Resilient Communities, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access with Rick Griffin, Director of Training and Curriculum, CRI.

 Upcoming Webinars will be:

·       Building Resilience in Uncertain Times with Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician, professor, founder of the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, award-winning author  – February 3, 3:30 – 4:30 PM (this session will NOT be recorded)

·       The Power of Resilience: The value and impact of resilience enhancing approaches with Amy Sheel-JonesDirector, Trauma-Informed Care and TIG, CCSI – March 10, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

·       “Growing” Community Resilience Even Without a Green Thumb! With Theresa Barila, Founder, CRI – April 14, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

·       The Empower Action Model: A Framework for Preventing ACEs through the Promotion of Equity, Resilience and Wellbeing, with Michael Shriley, Children’s Trust South Carolina – May 12, 3:30 – 4:30 PM

This series is sponsored by Delaware and Orange County Cornell Cooperative Extensions and the Delaware County Rural Healthcare Alliance.

Registration is required. Go to:  http://bit.ly/BCR555   You will receive one link to join all 5 workshops.

DECEMBER 2021

NYSPEP Webinar Open for Registration: Adult Learning--Making Meaning with Others

Jane Taylor, Advisor and Learning Designer, who has advised over 100 collaboratives for both adult and pediatric populations and has worked with many states on reducing infant mortality, maternal health, medical home, primary and specialty care, reducing readmissions; to name a few. She focuses on building quality improvement capability and improving healthcare around the world. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, December 15th, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

REGISTER HERE

NYSPEP WELCOMES NEWLY CREDENTIALED PARENTING EDUCATORS

In fall 2021, three parenting educators were awarded Credentialed Parenting Educator. We are proud to welcome them to the list of Credentialed Parenting Educators serving New York State. These three and the counties they serve are:

Fabiola Santos-Gaerlan – Kings

Monica Gopaul – Queens & Brooklyn

Maritza Fred - Kings

The next due date for credential applications is January 31, 2022. NYSPEP does have partial scholarships available to help cover the application fee. Interested applicants can schedule an online appointment for assistance with the application process. For information on how to apply or to schedule an appointment, contact Credential@nyspep.org

Training Institute Resources Available on Website

Even those of us who know and love the Strengthening Families protective factors need fresh ideas sometimes for how to integrate them into our day-to-day work. Cailin O'Connor, Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy, led the interactive session that looked at small but significant changes to practice in family support and parenting education programs that can help families build protective factors. The discussion also focused on how practitioners can integrate a protective factors approach into their interactions with peers and staff and practice self-care.

RESOURCES FROM THE TRAINING INSTITUTE CAN BE FOUND HERE

Grant Deadline Extended Until January 5, 2022—Community Coalitions Can Still Apply

NYSPEP is accepting applications from local coalitions to strengthen community-based parenting education while engaging parents as well as professionals from multiple disciplines. We are looking for community coalitions that demonstrate leadership, commitment and determination to mobilize a broad movement to strengthen and support all parents’ skills, knowledge, and talents. Up to four coalition sites will be selected to receive a 1-year award to receive training, technical assistance and a $5000 grant to support community specific objectives.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION AND INFORMATION 

Making Healthful Decisions Conference on Youth Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Growth After 2020

Registration is now open for the 24th Annual Making Healthful Decisions Conference on Youth Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Growth After 2020 for December 7 and 8, 2021. The goal of this conference is to continue to build capacity across sectors to nurture resilience, foster connections that increase protective factors, and support youth mental health, wellbeing, and growth. The conference will be held virtually, and there is no charge to attend.

The program includes a keynote presentation about Community Neuroscience: How Context Shapes Children’s Brains and Why We Should Care by Dr. Marlen Gonzalez, assistant professor of Human Development at the College of Human ecology at Cornell University. There will also be a panel discussion facilitated by Henri Prevost, a 2020 graduate of Warwick Valley High School and second-year college student at Pomona College in CA. The workshops address compassion fatigue, promoting resilience, authentic youth engagement, developing healthy relationships, and more.

Continuing education credits will be available. For more information and registration, please visit www.cceorangecounty.org, email jv426@cornell.edu, or call (845) 344-1234.

Best Toys for Baby

Toys aren’t what they used to be. Gone are the days of building blocks and wooden trains; today’s toys actually talk to you and let you respond back. But research is showing that these innovative devices may affect how parents interact with their babies. With the winter holidays fast approaching, check out this video from the Positive Parenting Newsfeed.

 Strengthening Families Webinar: Racism, Anti-Racism, and the Social Ecology

Join us on Thursday, December 9, from 3:00-4:30 ET, to explore how racism permeates the social ecology of children's and families' lives, and what it looks like to implement anti-racist strategies, policies, and practices as individuals, in organizations and communities, and at the societal level. Dr. Charlyn Harper Browne and Cailin O'Connor will share a new infographic from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), drawing from CSSP's anti-racist intersectional frame, and explore how Strengthening Families can be implemented as an anti-racist approach to work with families. Following the presentation, participants will have time in small groups to share their reflections about how to apply these ideas in their lives and their work.

We will also hear about other new resources and opportunities from CSSP and the Children's Trust Fund Alliance.

REGISTER HERE

NOVEMBER 2021

NYSPEP TRAINING INSTITUTE IS THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.                                                   

Knowledge to Action: Implementing the Strengthening Families Framework in Your Practice.

Keynote: Cailin O'Connor, Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy

REGISTER TODAY

Topic discussion will include a focus on opportunities in daily practice to increase our focus on protective factors. Kind of a “back to basics” on Strengthening Families but also making it much more concrete in terms of applying it to family support work and what it means to be anti-racist in implementing Strengthening Families.

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NYSPEP RFA QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION

We have just scheduled a NYSPEP RFA Question and Answer Session for Friday, November 5th at 11 am.  The registration link is below:

NYSPEP RFA Question and Answer Session
When: Nov 5, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PARENTING EDUCATORS, IS THE NYSPEP PARENTING EDUCATION CREDENTIAL FOR YOU?

Parenting Educators hold a variety of titles and work with parents in diverse roles and agencies.  The NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential defines the wide range of competencies, skills, knowledge, and experience that practicing parenting educators need to provide high quality programs and successfully implement evidence-based curriculum.  Earning this credential documents your knowledge and skill as a parenting educator.

Now is a good time to start to develop your application.  The next application deadline is January 31, 2022.  Most applicants find that they spend 2-3 months to develop their application portfolio.

You can learn more about the credential and the application process at https://nyspep.org/professionals/credentialing 

Currently we have a limited number of partial scholarships for available applicants.  In addition, you can be matched with a mentor to offer guidance as you work through the application process.

To receive an application packet or schedule a Zoom meeting to discuss the credential, email credential@nyspep.org

VIRTUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING--PS: IT WORKS! STRENGTHS BASED COMMUNICATION SKILLS

You can become one of the over 300 people who’ve attended the PS It Works! professional development training. An opportunity to start actively using the five communication skills in your personal and professional life.

Facilitators: Anna Steinkraus, Judy Burrill & Zach Sims 

Cost: $175 registration fee, includes:  recently updated PS: It Works manual (electronic) and resources (electronic)

*Through CCE-Tompkins between over 1000 parents/caregivers have attended the 8 week series.

Training meets via zoom, Wednesday & Thursday, Nov. 3 & 4, 2021 9:00 am to 3:30pm 

For more information: email: ams69@cornell.edu, or call Anna at (607) 272-2292 ext 145.

PARENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: RESILIENCE: PERSEVERING TO GO THE DISTANCE, PARENTING IN THE NEW NORMAL

All Day Event on Friday November 19th.

Keynote Speaker: Jacob Dixon, Founder and CEO, Choice for All

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER HERE

WEBINAR ALERT: DEC. 2021 STRENGTHENING FAMILIES WEBINAR: RACISM, ANTI-RACISM, AND THE SOCIAL ECOLOGY 

This webinar will explore how racism permeates the social ecology of children's and families' lives through the lens of a new infographic, and what it looks like to implement anti-racist strategies, policies, and practices at the individual, family, community, and societal levels. The presenters will draw from the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s anti-racist intersectional frame and explore how Strengthening Families can be implemented as an anti-racist approach to work with families. Following the presentation, we will have time for participants to discuss and share their reflections on the content as well as thoughts about how to apply these ideas in their work.

We will also hear from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and the Children's Trust Fund Alliance about new resources and opportunities.

REGISTER HERE

OCTOBER 2021

SAVE THE DATE! NYSPEP TRAINING INSTITUTE: KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION-IMPLEMENTING THE STRENGTHENING FAMILIES FRAMEWORK IN YOUR PRACTICE

Even those of us who know and love the Strengthening Families protective factors need fresh ideas sometimes for how to integrate them into our day-to-day work. In this interactive session, we will look at small but significant changes to practice in family support and parenting education programs that can help families build protective factors. We will also discuss how we can integrate a protective factors approach into our interactions with our peers and staff and our own self-care.

Please join us for this virtual event on Thursday, November 4th, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Our keynote speaker will be Cailin O'Connor, Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy.

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REGISTRATION FOR THIS YEAR’S EQUITY & INCLUSION CONFERENCE NOW OPEN

Registration is now open for this year’s Equity & Inclusion Conference brought to you by The Early Care & Learning Council on Tuesday, November 9th from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The topic this year is “Equitable Policies in Housing and Health Can Build a Foundation for Educational Success.”

The featured speakers will be Walter S. Gilliam, the Elizabeth Mears & House Jameson Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at the Yale University Child Study Center and Director of the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, and Diane Yentel, the President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a member organization dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that ensures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.

PARENTING EDUCATOR CREDENTIAL WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE

View our webinar on the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential and learn how it can benefit you and what steps are necessary to get started on the credential for yourself. The next credential application deadline is January 31, 2022.


NYSPEP SEEKING CONSULTANTS FOR STATEWIDE PROJECT; CHECK RFP INFO AND APPLY NOW DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL OCTOBER 8th!

NYSPEP is seeking a consultant or team of consultants to work with its members and stakeholders to create a set of resources that will help advance the awareness, visibility, and adoption of the Parenting Education Credential across the State.

This work will include two components taking place in tandem.

LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS: A landscape analysis will identify higher education and career development opportunities for parenting educators in New York State. Click here for the RFP that details the project and application information.

COMMUNICATIONS: A communications consultant will develop marketing and outreach materials to promote the NYSPEP Parenting Education Credential. Click here for the RFP that details the project and application information.

Questions may be submitted via e-mail.

SEPTEMBER 2021

NYSPEP SEEKING CONSULTANTS FOR STATEWIDE PROJECT; CHECK RFP INFO AND APPLY NOW

NYSPEP is seeking a consultant or team of consultants to work with its members and stakeholders to create a set of resources that will help advance the awareness, visibility, and adoption of the Parenting Education Credential across the State.

This work will include two components taking place in tandem.

LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS: A landscape analysis will identify higher education and career development opportunities for parenting educators in New York State. Click here for the RFP that details the project and application information.

COMMUNICATIONS: A communications consultant will develop marketing and outreach materials to promote the NYSPEP Parenting Education Credential. Click here for the RFP that details the project and application information.

Questions may be submitted via e-mail.

NYS OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH OFFERS VIDEOS ADDRESSING COVID CONCERNS ABOUT BACK TO SCHOOL

The Office of Mental Health has released a series of videos to address the concerns they've heard from students and families about going back to school while still facing the challenges of COVID-19.  

Please watch, share and check out the list of resources compiled to support the mental wellness of children and families across NY.

IS YOUR ORGANIZATION LOOKING FOR MORE BACK-TO-SCHOOL RESOURCES? PROJECT HOPE CAN HELP!

Project Hope has Back-To-School media tools and resources for organizations to use, including social media posts.

Organizations can also request free posters, rack cards and public education presentations, by clicking on this link.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR FAMILIES

September 23rd is "Dads Take Your Child to School Day" and September 19th-25th is "National Child Passenger Safety Week," with an annual child safety seat check at Crossgates Mall in Albany, NY on September 25th. For more information on any of the events, click on the links above. Information on car seat safety checks in other locations, search this list

HOW EVERY CHILD CAN THRIVE BY FIVE

Check out this TEDTalk by Molly Wright. The transcript is available in 13 languages.

AUGUST 2021

Child Care Relief Available Through the Essential Worker Scholarship

As of June 23, $25,000,000 is available to help essential workers pay for child care. Child care costs, up to market rate, will be covered for essential workers whose income is less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level. Payment will be paid to the provider on the parents’ behalf. Parents can apply for funding through an easy online application, available at: https://ocfs.ny.gov/childcarerelief.  Applications will be processed and awarded on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

Any family currently receiving essential worker scholarship under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act MUST reapply to continue receiving funds.

A video to walk parents through the process is available here.

Resources Available to Help Parent Educators and the Families They Serve

Just a reminder that two great resources are available through Prevent Child Abuse New York for Parent Educators and the families that they serve: the Parent Helpline and the Program Search.

The Prevention and Parent Helpline* can help you find programs and services in local communities that can help. The Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN is an information and referral line that can help direct people directly to the services they need. It is free, confidential, and multi-lingual.  If you need assistance locating services such as parenting skills classes, domestic violence services, or child care, the Prevention and Parent Helpline can assist. 

The Program Search is available online through this link. This tool allows you to search using county and program type to find services in the areas you need.

Both tools are great resources to find parents and caregivers the help they need.

*This is NOT the NYS Child Abuse Hotline. If you would like to report suspected child abuse, please call 1-800-342-3720. If you are in a crisis situation or are having a life-threatening emergency, please call 911.

Gearing Up for Back to School

No one knows yet what this school year will look like, or how close to normal it will be. But we do know that our kids will need our support to help them process what has happened since they were last there in person.

New York's Project Hope has new online support groups available, including one specifically for teens, that is held Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. The Teen-2-Teen group gives a time and a space for teenagers to freely talk about how the
past year has affected their lives and how best to move forward.

These virtual discussion groups, facilitated by trained crisis counselors, are free and provide a supportive space for
individuals similarly impacted by COVID-19. You may attend as many groups as you’d like and they are all free,
confidential, and anonymous. Sessions began on Monday, July 26th, but can be joined at any time.

Participation is open; no registration is required. Mechanisms are also in place to respect the privacy of
participants. For more information, visit the website at NYProjectHope.org

WIC Flexibilities Renewed Through Mid-November 

Because the national COVID-19 emergency declaration was recently extended, families can keep getting remote WIC services and benefits all summer and fall. Specifically, clinics may serve participants remotely via telephone, text, or videoconference, and remotely load WIC benefits onto eWIC cards.
 
New York State has made maximum use of existing USDA program flexibilities to make it as easy as possible for children and families to participate in WIC during the COVID-19 health emergency.
 
From pregnancy through preschool, WIC is here for families, including dads, grandparents, guardians and others, who can apply for WIC for children under age 5 in their care, too. Many more could participate. Visit WICHelpNY.org to learn more.

JULY 2021

Self-Awareness and Liberating Infant Mental Health – A reflective conversation about THE TENETS:  Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children, and their Families. 

 Please plan to join us for Breakfast for Babies event on Friday, July 23rd, 2021 from 9am until noon!  Co-sponsored by the New York Zero-to-Three Network and the New York State Association for Infant Mental Health, Megan Smith and Erick Stephens, colleagues in Rochester, NY, will share the journey of their organizations – and their own journeys – with the Tenets. This initiative envisions a workforce in which all individuals, programs, organizations and systems of care embed principles of diversity, equity and inclusion into their work serving infants, children and families.  Members of the co-sponsoring organizations can attend for free; $15 for non-members. Register at:  https://www.nysaimh.org/events/breakfast-for-babies-july-23/

Report Released: Parenting Education in New York State

This past February, NYSPEP brought together professionals from across New York State at the NYSPEP-hosted virtual SUMMIT ON WORKFORCE QUALITY FOR PARENTING EDUCATION to discuss the elevation of parenting education. Attached you will find the Report on that event, which summarizes the presentations and discussion panels and includes recommendations toward improving and expanding parenting education in communities throughout the state.  

Whether you’re leading an administration or on the front lines, anan independent practitioner or a member of a team, we know that you care about strengthening families; this report focuses on the importance of those providing parenting education services, the critical need for a recognition system and next steps to pursue.  Find out how a statewide standard will help assure quality (as it has in other fields), and how the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential is a key component in protecting the public investment in the programs we offer.

We hope you’ll take the time to read the report  — it will make you proud of where we are in the field of parenting education and inspire you to help take the next steps toward excellence. 

Growing Resilience – Summer Self-Care Webinar Series

Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Delaware and Orange County are continuing to offer a free webinar series to support growing resilience individually and as a community. The Summer Self-Care Series will kick off on July 13 focusing on Mindfulness for Stress Reduction. Subsequent webinars will cover Move Your Way A Better Day, Phthalates (7/20), BPA and the Developing Brain (7/27), Free Radical Fighters: Understanding the Importance of Antioxidants (8/3), and Don’t Sleep on Sleep (8/10).

Registration is free but required. Go to http://bit.ly/2021-SSS and register. You will receive ONE link for all five webinars. Teaching Credits are available. For more info please contact Jeanne Darling jmd30@cornell.edu or visit www.ccedelaware.org

3rd Annual WALES BROWN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Opportunity!

NPEN is pleased to announce the Wales Brown Memorial Scholarship to attend Zero to Three's 2021 Virtual Conference Oct. 25-29, 2021. Wales was a valued member of the NYSPEP Steering Committee and community for many years.

The scholarship will be awarded to a front line parenting educator who is seeking professional development, access to the latest research, and connection to others in the field. It will cover the full Zero to Three Conference fee and also includes a one-year membership in NPEN.

This scholarship is awarded by the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) in memory and honor of Wales Brown’s dedication to helping parents, especially fathers, build stronger, healthier connections with their children. Wales developed and implemented collaborative programs focusing on in-home preservation, parent education, fatherhood, 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, focus and 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’ accomplishments and his desire to always strive to expand his knowledge and influence as a leader in his profession.

If you are interested in applying, please email info@npen.org. The deadline is September 1st! Please share with your networks.

NYSPEP Welcomes Newly Credentialed Parenting Educators

In May, four parenting educators were awarded Credentialed Parenting Educator.  We are proud to welcome them to the list of 52 Credentialed Parenting Educators serving New York State.  These four and the counties they serve are:

       Paula Goodrich - Schuyler

       Corina Allen - Broome

       Christine Freyvogel - Tioga

       Ebony Darlington - New York City, Bronx, Richmond, and Westchester

The next due date for credential applications is July 31, 2021.  NYSPEP does have partial scholarships available to help cover the application fee.  For information on how to apply, contact Credential@nyspep.org

Parenting with Pride: Resources for Parents of Gender-Diverse, Transgender, and LGBTQ+ Youth

In June, we celebrated Pride Month. Research has shown that LGBTQ+ youth are at increased risk for discrimination and bullying which leads to an increase in mental health concerns and suicide attempts. Providing welcoming and supportive environments for these youth is a protective factor. Here are two resources for parents to assist them in supporting their children and youth.

o Healthy Children - Gender-Diverse & Transgender Children 

o Healthy Children - Coming Out: Information for Parents of LGBTQ Teens

JUNE 2021

NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential Discussion TOMORROW: What is it? Who should get it? How to apply?

A Zoom meeting will be held on Thursday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m.  In addition to learning about the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential, you will learn about supports now available to you. These supports include partial scholarships and mentors and Zoom discussion groups to help with development of your application portfolio. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

REGISTER TODAY: SESSION TAKES PLACE TOMORROW JUNE 3RD!

3rd Annual WALES BROWN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Opportunity!

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NPEN is pleased to announce the Wales Brown Memorial Scholarship to attend Zero to Three's 2021 Virtual Conference Oct. 25-29, 2021. Wales was a valued member of the NYSPEP Steering Committee and community for many years.

The scholarship will be awarded to a front line parenting educator who is seeking professional development, access to the latest research, and connection to others in the field. It will cover the full Zero to Three Conference fee and also includes a one-year membership in NPEN.

This scholarship is awarded by the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) in memory and honor of Wales Brown’s dedication to helping parents, especially fathers, build stronger, healthier connections with their children. Wales developed and implemented collaborative programs focusing on in-home preservation, parent education, fatherhood, 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, focus and 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’ accomplishments and his desire to always strive to expand his knowledge and influence as a leader in his profession.

If you are interested in applying, please email info@npen.org. The deadline is September 1st! Please share with your networks.

JOIN NPEN’S MESSAGING CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE PARENTING EDUCATION!

The National Parenting Education Network (NPEN) is pleased to be launching another Parenting Education Matters Campaign message. The latest installment in the campaign promotes awareness of how parents are on a journey of growth and learning throughout the lifespan of their child with the message, “Parenting Education Grows with You.” For more information about adding this message to your website or organization, with or without your own logo, reach out to Rachel Chrastil at info@npen.org.  NPEN acknowledges the generous in-kind support of Grom Social, which offers safe social networking for kids.

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OCFS Issued Revised Mask Guidance

NYS OCFS on 5/25/21 for children aged 2-5 in child care programs. It can be found here.

NY Project Hope is Available for Free Crisis Counseling: Services are Always Confidential, Free, and Anonymous

NY Project Hope is a FEMA-funded program that provides crisis counseling and public education for NY residents in response to COVID-19.

We offer...

• An Emotional Support Helpline: Our Helpline is staffed by trained crisis counselors who help callers talk through their emotions and find resources to help them cope with the challenges of COVID. Call the Helpline at 1-844-863-9314, any day between 8am-10pm.

• Local Crisis Counseling Providers: Local NY Project Hope COVID-19-related crisis counseling is also available in 12 of the most highly impacted counties in NY, including: Dutchess, Erie, Nassau, NYC (all boroughs), Orange, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester.

• Supportive Resources: NY Project Hope offers digital educational materials, a supportive social media presence, and a website filled with resources and relevant materials that folks can access anytime at www.nyprojecthope.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

• Public Education: We provide virtual presentations on a variety of coping and support topics. Contact Cheryl.Gerstler@omh.ny.gov to learn more!

NYProjectHope.org

A program of the NYS Office of Mental Health

Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency/Administered by SAMHSA

 

MAY 2021

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week: What’s Great in Our State!

We celebrated Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week by recognizing the individuals, programs, and organizations that have worked to meet this year’s challenges with creativity, passion and dedication to supporting the mental health of children, youth, and families.

The event included two free workshops: “Journaling as a Self-Care Strategy for Improved Mental Health in High Schools and College Settings” and “PAX Good Behavior Game in Support of Children's Mental Health.”

This was followed by the Honoree Recognition Event, featuring a keynote by Holly Elissa Bruno, "Happiness is Running Through the Streets to Find You Even During a Pandemic.”

Congratulations to all of the honorees! We will share their names once they are announced.

Parenting Educators Build Your Resume With NYSPEP

NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential: What is it? Who should get it? How to apply? A Zoom meeting will be held on Thursday, June 3 at 11:00 a.m.  In addition to learning about the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential, you will learn about supports now available to you. These supports include partial scholarships and mentors and Zoom discussion groups to help with development of your application portfolio. 

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwscu2pqjsoGdJODVubU0GfKVpBpKRgd1_9

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information contact credential@nyspep.org

Parent Leadership Conference: One Weekend Left and Still Time to Register!

The final weekend of the Parent Leadership Conference is fast approaching, but there is still time to register. CLICK HERE.

Designed by parents for parents, this interactive VIRTUAL event is about building connections and growing together as families! The weekend kicks off Friday night with music, dancing, family activities, and a chance to connect with parents from all around the state. Stress free, ready-made fun for you and your kids!

​Saturday is a chance for parents and caregivers to rejuvenate themselves with fresh information and ideas about meeting the challenges of parenting. Hear from other parents as well as local and national leaders about issues that make a difference for you and your family.

​The final weekend is coming up on May 7th and May 8th! But there is still time to be a part of it. 

APRIL 2021

NYSPEP WELCOMES NEWEST ADDITION TO THE TEAM

Prevent Child Abuse New York is pleased to welcome D’Juan (DJ) Gilmore to the staff as a Prevention Program Coordinator. DJ will be working primarily with the NYSPEP program. He can be reached at dgilmore@preventchildabuseny.org.

NYSPEP ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY COALITION PARTNERSHIPS FOR 2021-22 

NYSPEP is pleased to announce our community coalition partnerships for 2021-22

Early Childhood Alliance Onondaga

The Community Action 3-County Fatherhood Pilot of Allegany, Cattaraugus and Steuben Counties

YES Community Counseling Center of Nassau County

Groundswell's WEPA Coalition of Bronx County

These coalitions submitted strong applications that demonstrated leadership, commitment and determination to mobilize a broad movement to strengthen and support all parents’ skills, knowledge, and talents. These sites were selected to receive a 1-year award to receive training, technical assistance and a $5000 grant to support community identified objectives.

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES TO APPLY FOR THE NYSPEP PARENTING EDUCATOR CREDENTIAL

It’s time to be recognized as a Certified Parenting Educator! The next two deadlines for applying for the NYSPEP Parenting Educator Credential are April 15th and July 31st.  

Applications packets have been newly revised.  To learn how you can earn the Parenting Educator Credential contact credential@nyspep.org.

Designed by parents for parents, this interactive VIRTUAL, three-weekend event is about building connections and growing together as families! 

​Each weekend kicks off Friday night with music, dancing, family activities, and a chance to connect with parents from all around the state. Stress free, ready-made fun for you and your kids!

​And then on Saturday, a chance for parents and caregivers to rejuvenate themselves with fresh information and ideas about meeting the challenges of parenting. Hear from other parents as well as local and national leaders about issues that make a difference for you and your family.

Follow this link to register: https://preventchildabusenewyork.salsalabs.org/parentleadershipconferencespring2021/index.html

Come join us as we share resources, information and ideas for families on these three exciting weekends! 

ALLIANCE NATIONAL PARENT PARTNERSHIP COUNCIL OFFERS PARENTING TOOLKITS

For National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) has developed toolkits around the theme HERO—Healthy Empowering Response to Opportunity. We are continuing to celebrate parents and families as heroes and acknowledging the many ways they are helping their children and themselves manage everyday emotions.Learn more and access the toolkit here: https://ctfalliance.org/partnering-with-parents/parent-voice/