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Bold Steps for Children Awardees - Partners Promoting Universal Developmental Screening
Thank you so much to those of you who attended last month's Children's Summit. More than 280 people attended our annual event at Microsoft and learned valuable new information from our morning keynote speaker, Kris Perry from the First Five Years Fund; our workshop presenters; and our afternoon keynote speakers, Arnold Chandler and Tia Martinez from Forward Change Consulting. We expect to have most of their presentations on our website in the next week or so.

There are so many people to thank for making this event a success: our financial supporters, our workshop presenters, and our volunteers. Special thanks goes out to our host, Microsoft; FIRST 5 who sponsored Kris Perry; the SCC County Office of Education for their support of the 2016 Data Book and for their help with our award video (and so much more!) and Children Now who helped with many different aspects of the event.

We have the 2016 Data Book now available on our Kids in Common website. (Or you can stop by the office to pick up a copy.) We also have "I'm Voting for Kids!" bumper stickers. If you would like one, please email your address to me (dbunnett@kidsincommon.org), and I will drop one in the mail to you.

Have a wonderful month!

In partnership,
 
Dana Bunnett, Director
Kids in Common 
In This Issue
Mission
Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning,
and successful in life!
Kids in Common advocates for policies, partnerships, and investments that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County.
The cornerstone of our work is
the Children's Agenda, a county-wide initiative working to create measurable, positive changes for Santa Clara County children and families.

FEATURESfeature
2016 Hunger Action Summit:
Too Hungry to Learn    

Second Harvest Food Bank, in partnership with Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business and the Food and Agribusiness Institute, is excited to announce this year's Hunger Action Summit. This Summit will bring together engaged community, education, nonprofit, foundation, and corporate leaders, to discuss how access to nutritious food is essential for kids to learn and communities to thrive. Our lineup of distinguished speakers includes Chef Ann Cooper, also known as the "Renegade Lunch Lady," who worked with the Chez Panisse Foundation to reform the Berkeley Unified School District's school lunch program.
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Locatelli Center, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA
For More Information: You can learn more and register by clicking here. Also see the attached flyer.


   

 
Grant Opportunity: KaBOOM! 

KaBOOM! is excited to build a new playground in San Jose, creating extended opportunities for the balanced, active play that all children need to grow and thrive. At KaBOOM!, they believe that play can transform children from sedentary to physically active, bored to mentally active, and solitary to socially active. They hope to work with organizations to bring more play into the community.

If your organization would like to apply for the Build it with KaBOOM! Playground Grant, please visit apply.kaboom.org. Click the orange "Start Application" button to create your account. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email asking you sign in and verify your email address. You can then return to apply.kaboom.org and login with your email address and password to create a new application. The KaBOOM! team will review your submission and be in touch!

You can see a sample playground design by clicking here; you can get more information about the selection process by clicking here.   

KaBOOM! is working on a flexible deadline, but organizations are encouraged to submit their applications by March 15, 2016. If you are having trouble completing the application before then or you have questions, please contact Sean Maurice, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (202) 464-6074 or smaurice@kaboom.org
 
 
COMMUNITY EVENTSevents 
FASD Parent Support Group Forming in the South Bay
We are starting an FASD Support Group for parents of children and young adults with FASD. We will have both presentations and discussions. Our format and content will be adjusted based on the needs of the group. This group is supported by both Parents Helping Parents and FASDnorcal.
Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Location: Parents Helping Parents Office, Sobrato Center-PHP Meeting Room 3, 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More information: Send email to Kathryn Page, president of FASDnorcal at kathryn.page@sbcglobal.net or Diana Garrett, parent and organizer of the Support Group at dianag@earthlink.net.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House
Mentor Tutor Connection, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. Come hear about how you can support youth in our community as a mentor or a tutor. There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. All volunteers must be high school graduates. Bring a friend!
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm (lunch included)
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA
For More Information: You can register online by clicking here. For questions, send email to programs@mentortutorconnection.org

Funding Your Impact (FYI) Summit  
The Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits' 2nd annual Funding Your Impact (FYI) Summit will bring together leaders from the nonprofit, technology, and philanthropic communities to present ways in which organizations can increase their fundraising efforts and impact. This half-day summit will cover a wide range of topics, such as Family and Foundation Giving, Individual Giving, and Marketing and Social Media, and will offer a wide range of workshops for all skill levels.
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016  
Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA 94043
For More Information: Please contact Jourdin Hermann at Jourdinh@svcn.org.

Project Cornerstone's Asset Champions Breakfast

Project Cornerstone's 2016 Asset Champions Awards Breakfast will honor the individuals and organizations whose ongoing commitment to building positive relationships with young people helps make Silicon Valley a better place for young people to thrive.
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Time: 7:00 - 9:00am
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA
For More Information: To register, visit www.projectcornerstone.org, or call (408) 351-6482.

SAVE THE DATE! Healthier Kids Foundation 6th Annual Symposium on Status of Children's Health in Santa Clara County 
This year's Symposium will focus on the social determinants of health, emphasizing the importance of engaging in "Healthier Earlier" strategies. The Symposium's keynote speaker is Dr. Douglas Jutte, MD, MPH who is Executive Director of the Build Health Places Network, a national organization that aims to catalyze and support greater collaboration across community development and health.
Date: Friday, May 13, 2016
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Kellogg Auditorium, 3005 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA
For More Information: For questions, send email to casey@hkidsf.org
 
NEWS, REPORTS, AND TRAININGnews
NEW!  The Place Where the Poor Once Thrived 
San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, used to be the best place in the country for kids to experience a Horatio Alger, rags-to-riches life. Is it still? Some San Jose residents say that as inequality has grown in recent years, upward mobility has become much more difficult to achieve. You can read this article in The Atlantic by clicking here.

NEW! An Experiment in Local Care Coordination
Children with special health care needs (CSHCN) require services from a wide array of providers, yet in most California counties, few reliable mechanisms exist for providers to share information about their mutual clients. This began to change in several California counties in 2013, when the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health launched the California Community Care Coordination Collaborative (5Cs). You can read this report, which takes a look at the results of the project's first 18 months, by clicking here

NEW! Stories from Irene van der Zande, Kidpower Founder and Executive Director 
Taking the Power Out of the Word "Crybaby" This teaching story describes tools for taking the power out of hurting words. You can read more by clicking here.
Stopping Negativity from Diminishing Our Lives This story is about a New Year's resolution from many years ago that Irene managed (mostly) to keep. You can read more by clicking here.
Annette and "The Power of NOW!" This story is about the ability to be present - FULLY present, and to be mindful, which is also essential in being our best selves, creating the best in our relationships, and making the best of our lives. You can read more by clicking here.
Celebrating over 4 million people served through our workshops, partnerships, and educational resources. For more information about Kidpower, visit their website at www.kidpower.org
 
Kids Make Strides in Health Coverage But Over 1.5 Million Suffer Trauma 
 
The 2016 California Children's Report Card has just been released, providing a close look at the current status of California kids. It assigns a letter grade ("A" though "F") to each of 31 areas key to children's well-being, including early learning, health, and K-12 education, to help state leaders make informed policy choices and make kids our top priority. The Report Card shines a spotlight on areas where California is not doing enough for kids.  Unfortunately, in the area of childhood trauma the state received a Report Card grade of "D-", the report's lowest grade. California kids fared better in areas where lawmakers have focused attention and resources, such as preschool (B-) and health insurance (A-). In 2016, we want our state leaders to give kids all the support they need to grow up healthy and succeed! You can read the Report Card by clicking here
 
Designing Systems That Work for Children with Complex Health Care Needs   
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health recently sponsored a national symposium on designing a better health care system for children with medical complexity. National experts led sessions on the family perspective, risk assessment, care planning and coordination, self-management, team care, and cost, financing, and payment. You can view videos of all six sessions, along with the speakers' slides, by clicking here.

California School Reform Is at a Key Moment for Success
This article was written by Ted Lempert, President of Children Now, for The Sacramento Bee. It discusses some of the challenges of Common Core testing and school accountability. If the K-12 accountability system isn't done right, kids will be shortchanged. Common Core standards are supposed to lift all students, but without a clear measuring system, we won't know if it's working. You can read the article by clicking here.

New Career Paths Open Up for Excited Learners
For Metropolitan Education District Superintendent, Alyssa Lynch, providing career technical education to high school students is an opportunity to turn them on to learning and maybe improve their lot in life. Lynch runs the publicly funded MetroED, which is composed of two schools - the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education Center and Silicon Valley Adult Education - which train high-school students who come part-time each day from six school districts to take elective classes for high-school credit that expose them to potential career pathways. You can read the complete article about MetroED in the Silicon Valley Business Journal by clicking here.

The Raising of America Series
This five-part documentary series explores the question: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation's future? How might we, as a nation, do better? The series investigates these questions through different lenses: What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body? What it is like to be a parent today? And what policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy, and compassionate children? The Signature Hour covers all three of these issues. The four subsequent episodes each dive in for a closer look. You can view the series by clicking here.

The Maze of Foster Care and Health Care 
Confusion about government medical coverage and eligibility leaves many former foster youth nationwide dealing with bureaucracy and red tape. In California, the "Covered til 26" campaign run by Children Now uses social networking and other means of communication to try to locate foster youth, ages 18-26, in the state and make them aware they are eligible for the state's Medicaid program. You can read more about this health care dilemma by clicking here

Dropouts: Innovative Online Schools Attract Santa Clara County Youth
This article in the San Jose Mercury News details the newly opened Opportunity Youth Academies that offer free online classes and guidance. The academies target the 8,000 youth, ages 16-24, in Santa Clara County who have dropped out of school but may want to earn their diploma. Students can work at their own pace wherever they want. You can read the article by clicking here
 
PLAY 60, Play On Launched; $750k Community Grants Program Now Open  
The 50 Fund and NFL Foundation launched the PLAY 60, Play On initiative funded in part by the NFL's $1M legacy grant. The program includes a $750k community grants program to create active and imaginative play spaces managed by KaBOOM!, half-day 'Football Extravaganzas' this fall for 1,000 youth, a youth worker training play program managed by Playworks, and a 30-day play challenge that will donate life-saving meals to severely malnourished kids managed by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. You can learn more about the program by clicking here. Also visit the initiative's new website at www.play60playon.org. 
 
Terrific Wins for California's Foster Kids
Children Now worked with the Governor and State Legislature to pass legislation to provide support for, and protect the rights of, foster children and former foster youth. Highlights include legislation requiring that the educational rights of foster youth are made available through schools, that parenting foster youth aren't inappropriately labeled "at-risk parents," and that former foster youth can easily verify their status through the state in order to access services. To learn more, visit www.childrennow.org.
   
Respect 360 eTraining 
If you were unable to attend The Respect Institute's recent in-person trainings in Silicon Valley, no worries! You can get trained online to implement the Respect 360 Toolkit and/or Journal Program at your own pace by  clicking here.  You can also send email to Jessica Baker at jessica@therespectinstitute.org with questions or to inquire about partial scholarships.

The Care Coordination Conundrum and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Care coordination almost always tops the list of services desired by families of children with special health care needs, yet agreement is lacking on the best methods of financing this much-needed benefit. A new report, funded by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, tackles the thorny questions of what care coordination is, who should receive it, who should provide it, and how it should be financed. You can read the report by clicking here.


Creating and Sustaining Effective Hospital Family Advisory Councils
Family Advisory Councils (FACs) in children's hospitals help ensure that families have a say in their children's care. A new report describes the California Patient and Family Centered Care Network, a statewide collaborative working to develop effective, impactful FACs. You can review the report by clicking here 
 
Realizing the Promise of Telehealth for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Telehealth has proven to be an effective tool in making specialized care more accessible for children with special health care needs, but in California providers and families are not using this service to its full potential. A new report explores the barriers to use and proposes some solutions. You can view the report by  clicking here.    
 
In Their Own Words: Improving the Care Experience of Families with Children with Special Health Care Needs
Straight talk from 52 parents highlights the limitations of the current system of care for children with special health care needs and their families. A new report summarizes findings from 10 focus groups in which family members discussed what their lives are like, how well their families' needs are being met and how the health care system could be improved. You can review the report from Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health by  clicking here.

Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate Resources 
There has been a lot of attention recently on the importance of developing healthy school climates and fostering social and emotional learning in schools. If you are interested in resources for strengthening relationships, increasing student engagement, improving school climate, integrating SEL into professional development, or bridging Restorative Practices and Trauma-Informed approaches within your schools or organizations, visit the Scoop.it! page by clicking here.   
 
Keeping Your Children Safe 
Young children are accidentally being exposed to marijuana, alcohol, and prescription drugs, with potential medical consequences. Prevention Partnership International's Advisory Committee, program developers of Celebrating Families!, recently put together a handout for parents, grandparents, and family members: Keeping your Children Safe - Alcohol, Prescription & Illegal Drugs, Marijuana & Other Hazards. You can view this handout by clicking here
. Feel free to copy and share it.

2014 Data Available on California's Homeless Students
Nearly 300,000 public school students in California were homeless at some point during the 2013-2014 school year - 5% of all such students. "Doubling up" with others for nighttime residence was the most common living situation among homeless public school students, but many lived in shelters, motels, or unsheltered during the school year. You can explore data from Kidsdata.org about homeless students in your county and school district by 
clicking here .  

ONLINE TRAINING: Helping Parents to Feed Well so Children Can Eat Well 
Parent educators can improve their knowledge of how child development influences child eating, learn how to help parents teach their child to be a healthy eater, and learn how to support parents in having enjoyable family mealtimes. You can view the four 30-minute videos created by Childhood Feeding Collaborative of Santa Clara County by 
clicking here. For more Information, send email to Carol Danaher at carol.danaher@phd.sccgov.org, or call (408) 793-2708.

New Standards and Tests Are Worth the Effort

This article discusses the new Smarter Balanced assessments, and the challenges and opportunities involved in these new tests for California students. The author, Gina D. Dalma, is the senior program officer at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and leads the Silicon Valley Common Core Initiative. You can read this article by 
clicking here

Synchronizing Youth Programs in California Shows Signs of Success

This article from the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange describes Santa Clara County's innovative approach to better support youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. You can read this article by
clicking here

Dropping Out and Clocking In: A Portrait of Teens Who Leave School Early and Work 

This article from the Urban Institute looks at teens who leave school early and are employed, and how they differ from other teens who leave school early. It discusses how working youth are contributing to their families' economic support system and how this potentially impacts government programs and policies. You can read this article by 
clicking here.
 
DOCUMENTARY: Poverty in a Land of Riches

This powerful documentary from 
CNN is about being poor in Silicon Valley. It is a "must watch" for anyone concerned about how low-income families make it in this county and its high cost of living. You can view the documentary by clicking here.

Child Abuse Prevention Resources for Schools

Please share this important information with parents, teachers, and school administrators about Kidpower's abuse, bullying, abduction, and other violence prevention resources for schools. You can check out this resource by 
clicking here

Drugging Our Kids 

This 5-part series by the 
Mercury News explores the excessive use of psychiatric drugs in the foster care system. Parts 1-4 examine how psychotropic meds are being used to treat troublesome behaviors, rather than to heal kids from the trauma they've suffered. Part 5 is a 40-minute documentary that takes viewers inside these children's lives and provides expert commentary. Check out the dedicated website by clicking here
.

Facing Prejudice with Compassion and Determination
This article describes how to address prejudice and work with members of our communities to keep everyone safe. See the article from Kidpower's extensive free online library by clicking here.

WEBINAR: Social and Emotional Learning 
Supported by music and videos, take-home activities, and stories kids relate to, the developmentally appropriate Second Step lessons have helped teachers instill social-emotional skills in their students for over 20 years. Interested in putting the Second Step program to work for your students? Attend one of the sessions from Committee for Children to hear directly from their experts. You can see a list of live webinars and register by clicking here.
  
New Study: Cómo Están los Niños? The Health of Latino Children and Families in California
A comprehensive new study of California's Latino children paints a complex picture of their health and well-being, and finds striking differences within a 4.7 million-strong population that comprises more than half of all the children in the state. You can review the study by clicking here.

FIRST 5 Obesity Prevention Efforts 

The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) profiled FIRST 5 Santa Clara County's efforts to prevent early childhood obesity. Through a blog post and video, CSAC highlights how FIRST 5 programs are making healthy habits fun! You can read the blog by clicking here; you can watch the YouTube video by clicking here.

Early Literacy in California's Immigrant Families
 
Read this report about disparities in exposure to book-sharing programs among California's immigrant families. The Chair of the Children's Agenda Vision Council is a co-author of this report. You can read it on Reuters by clicking here.

School Discipline Consensus Report 
Released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, this report presents a comprehensive set of consensus-based and field-driven recommendations to improve conditions for learning for all students and educators, better support students with behavioral needs, improve police-school partnerships, and keep students out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses. You can read the report by clicking here .
 
COMMUNITY RESOURCESresources 
NEW! Stanford Pediatric Weight Control Program 
Concerned about a child's weight? Based on nearly 20 years of research, the Stanford Children's Pediatric Weight Control Program is nationally recognized for its success rate of over 80% in achieving age-appropriate weight reduction. Parents lose weight too! Classes begin August/September 2016 at 4100 Bohannon Drive, Menlo Park, CA.
For More Information: Visit weightcontrol.stanfordchildrens.org, or call (650) 725-4424. We look forward to hearing from you!

NEW! Child and Parent Classes at Roosevelt Community Center
Check out these new programs offered at Roosevelt Community Center. Classes start in April, and are held at Roosevelt Community Center, 901 E. Santa Clara St. San Jose, CA.
Baby & Me Art Exploration Class: A parent and child (18 - 36 months) hands-on art class, where the children make their way to each section on their own and immediately jump into the art project on display, while the teacher and caregivers are always close to assist the child.
Time for Tot's (2 - 3 years old): Join us for a fun-filled time of stories, games, music, singing, and wonderfully messy activities that help develop pre-socialization skills and creativity.
The Gift of Aloha - Ohana (Family) Ukulele (5+): This parent and child class introduces students to music in a fun and relaxed environment; the small size of the ukulele makes it the perfect instrument for children to develop their innate musical abilities with no experience necessary. Ukuleles available to play at Roosevelt Community Center.
For More Information: To find out class dates, times, and costs, see the City of San Jose website by clicking here. Scholarships are available. Call Rhonda at (408) 794-7532 or email rhonda.vargas@sanjoseca.gov.

UPDATED! Personal Safety Workshops  
Kidpower's Public Workshops for ages 3 years to adults offer personal safety skills training that is relevant to the ages and life situations of the students. These dynamic, upbeat workshops teach skills such as boundary setting, advocacy, stranger safety, safety with words (spoken or online), help-seeking, and de-escalation. There are multiple workshops for different child age groups coming soon. Classes fill-up quickly, so let Kidpower know right away if you're interested!
Featured Session: Kidpower Full-Force Parent-Child Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with their adults on Sunday, April 3, from 9:00am - 1:00pm, in Palo Alto. Families practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies.  
For More Information: You can see the public workshop schedule and register by  clicking here. For questions, call (800) 467-6997 Ext. 1#, or send email to  safety@kidpower.org.
 
Better Health Pharmacy

Better Health Pharmacy offers free medications to any patient in need. The pharmacy targets patients who cannot afford their medications, including those who 1) have insurance but cannot afford the co-pays or deductibles, or 2) do not have insurance. The pharmacy is a new initiative of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 8:00pm, and on Saturdays from 9:00am -1:00pm.  
Location: 725 East Santa Clara Street, Suite #202, San Jose, CA 
For More Information:  You can access the full inventory on the pharmacy website at BetterHealthRx.org, or by calling (408) 794-0564.

Catch Up on the Latest SJUSD News!   
San Jose Unified School District Trustee, Susan Ellenberg, publishes a quarterly newsletter to keep constituents and stakeholders abreast of important district news, as well as her thoughts on current issues related to education and equity.  
For More Information: You can read the most recent edition by clicking here.  
 
CalFresh Application Assistance: Same Day Service  
Community members now have faster access to CalFresh Benefits at 5 locations (listed below) around Santa Clara County! Eligibility workers are stationed at 6 Emergency Assistance Network Agencies (EANs) alongside Food Bank representatives to assist people with CalFresh. In 1-2 days, community members can be screened, apply for CalFresh and have their County interview. If approved, a client could pick up their EBT card on the same day at the Social Services Agency or the next business day at the EAN agency. 
Locations: 

(1) InnVision, Palo Alto - 33 Encina Avenue, Palo Alto, CA; Wednesdays, 9:00am - 4:00pm; drop-ins only.
(2) St. Joseph's Family Center - 7950 Church Street, Gilroy, CA; Mondays, 9:00am - 4:00pm; for an appointment, call (408) 842-6662.
(3) Sunnyvale Community Services - 725 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA; Mondays, 9:00am - 4:00pm; for an appointment, call (408) 738- 4321.
(4) Community Services Agency of Mt. View & Los Altos - 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, CA; 1st and 4th Thursdays, 9:00am - 4:00pm; for an appointment, call (650) 968-0836.
(5) West Valley Community Services - 10104 Vista Drive, Cupertino, CA; 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00am - 7:00pm; for more information, call (408) 255-8065.
(6) Salvation Army -
359 N. 4th Street, San Jose, CA; Thursdays, 8:00am - 3:00pm; for an appointment, call Food Connection at 1-800-984-3663. 
 
English as a Second Language Classes
 
These ESL classes are offered at no charge. If you are 18 years or older, you can join the classes to learn reading, spelling, and literacy. The classes are open entry, so you can start at anytime.
Dates and Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 11:30am and/or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:30pm
Location: 
749 Story Road, Suite 10, San Jose, CA
 
For More Information: Call (408) 213-0961.

Calling All Youth-Based Program Agencies
Pacific Housing, Inc. is looking for partnerships with youth-based program agencies to provide services for residents of affordable housing in East San Jose. 
For More Information:
 Visit www.pacifichousing.org . Send email to mmaldonado@pacifichousing.org or call (916) 638-5200, x205.
 
Join The Children's Movement    
Children Now is the leading nonpartisan, umbrella research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health, education, and child well-being in California and creating national policies that support child development. Children Now also leads The Children's Movement of California, a grassroots network of more than 1,300 business, education, parent, civil rights, and faith-based, community and multi-ethnic organizations, as well as thousands of individuals, working together to make children a priority in public policy-making.
For More Information: Visit www.childrennow.org. Main office: 1404 Franklin Street, # 700 Oakland CA 94612; (510) 763-2444.
 
10 Steps to a Healthier You! 
A FREE, three-class series for parents and caregivers about implementing a positive, healthy lifestyle into home environments. Classes are for residents of Santa Clara County, and are held at various dates, times, and locations throughout Santa Clara County year-round.
For More Information:
 To sign up for the free three-class series or to host the free classes at your site, call Healthier Kids Foundation at (855) 344-6347. You can get more details about the program by clicking here 
 
Eastside Elite Basketball League
If you want a basketball program for your child, this program offers both non-competitive and competitive programs. The Co-Ed Non-Competitive League is for 6 - 9 year olds with little or no basketball experience who would benefit from participation in a structured program with a focus on skills development, basketball fundamentals, and structured game time. The Eastside Elite Competitive Basketball League is for 10 - 16 year olds with emphasis placed on good sportsmanship and skills development.
 For More Information: For program details and fees, call Eric or Rhonda at (408) 794-1060.
 
FOR EDUCATORS: Embrace the Core Website and Communications Toolkit 
The Embrace the Core website and Communications Toolkit are designed to help educators cut through the noise and communicate to parents about California's Common Core State Standards in their classrooms. Teachers, principals, district leaders, after-school program administrators, and anyone else who regularly fields questions from parents can use the posters, sample letters to parents, talking points, and various other resources to drive those conversations.
For More Information: 
Visit the website at www.embracethecore.org. You can get to the toolkit by clicking here. If you have questions, send email to Neha Singh Gohil, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, at nsgohil@siliconvalleycf.org.   

Good. To Go. Is in San Jose!
Good. To Go. (G2G) is a community-based marketing campaign aimed at increasing San Jose residents' purchase of "fun, fast, and fresh" items such as fresh produce and kid-friendly 'grab n go' snacks at participating G2G outlets: Healthy Corner Stores, Fresh Cart mobile produce vendors, and PCFMA farmers' markets. To find G2G locations in San Jose, visit our online interactive map by  clicking here . To stay up to date on events, new products, and program updates, be sure to "Like" our  G2G Facebook page .
For More Information:  To learn how to spread the word about G2G within your network and become a G2G brand ambassador, please contact Misha Taherbhai at  mishat@healthtrust.org or call (408) 513-8716

New Teacher Intern Credential Program: Education Preparation for Inclusive Classrooms 
In Fall 2014, the Inclusion Collaborative started an education specialist credential program focusing on inclusion: Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education, Preliminary Moderate/Severe Special Education, and a Clear Education Specialist Induction Program. Classes are held in the evenings and occasionally on Saturdays. These are alternative pathways to acquiring a teaching credential, allowing students to earn their credentials while interning with a school district. Education Preparation for Inclusive Classrooms (EPIC) accepts new students every two years, so if you are interested in one of the three programs, plan to apply for Fall 2016. 
For More Information: 
To learn about the program, see the FAQ page by clicking hereFor additional professional development opportunities and resources, visit the Inclusion Collaborative website by clicking here.
 
FREE Kids' Vision and Dental Screenings
Healthier Kids Foundation FocusFirst and DentalFirst programs are conducting FREE (donor-funded) vision and dental screenings for children ages 6 months - 18 years old. Vision screenings are performed with a high-optic digital camera, and dental screenings are performed by a licensed dentist, Monday through Friday, at your school, church, daycare center, community center, after-school program, or community-based organization. For dental screenings, all children will receive a FREE toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Healthier Kids Foundation staff will help parents with any follow-up as needed.
For More Information: This program is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Schedule your screenings by calling Sunny Ochoa at (408) 564-5114, Ext. 206, or send email to  sunny@hkidsf.org.
 
GED Preparation Classes  
These classes target older youth, ages 17 - 24 years. An assessment of a student's basic skill level will determine placement. Classes include both lecture and computer-based learning. The GED program is open-entry/open-exit during the school year. 
Date: 
Monday through Friday 
Time: 
8:30am - 11:40pm
Location: 
749 Story Road, Suite 10, San Jose, CA
For More Information: 
Contact Mariah Artley at (408) 213-0961, Ext. 27, or Caroline Sailor at Ext. 30.
  
 
FutureArtsNow! 
This program hosts weekly Open Dance Sessions at the Edenvale Community Center for $3/session. Youth and young adults are invited to come and hone their Hip Hop dance skills during our weekly sessions inside the Edenvale Dance Studio/Gym.  
Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday  
Time: 8:00 - 10:00pm 
Location: Edenvale Community Center, 330 Branham Lane, San Jose, CA  
For More Information:  Call Demone Carter, Program Director, at (408) 320-5022; send email to  futureartsnow@gmail.com ; or visit www.futureartsnow.org .
 
Youth Facing Expulsion 
If you know of youth facing expulsion, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth may be able to connect you with a free lawyer to represent your child in a school expulsion hearing.  
For More Information:  Call (408) 280-2416.

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Dollars

Looking for resources to help advocate for Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars to support early learning and development? Children Now can help! 
For More Information: Check out Children Now's new campaign with resources by  clicking here. Sign up for The Children's Movement of California to receive more talking points, tips, and tools that will be released over the coming weeks and months by  clicking here.

CalFresh (Food Stamps) Outreach and Application Assistance  
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties can do pre-screening, answer questions, and help clients complete applications for CalFresh benefits. Application assistance can be arranged for weekdays, weekends, and evenings at community locations throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. 
For More Information: Call Second Harvest's Food Connection, 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, at (800) 984-3663, or visit www.shfb.org/getfood.
 
Free Food for Low-Income Families 
Free food resources are available to low-income families through Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Our region's Family Harvest, Produce Mobile, Pantries and Prepared Meal programs can accept more participants. Food distributions and meal programs are available weekdays and on weekends at community locations throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. 
For More Information: Call Second Harvest's Food Connection, 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, at (800) 984-3663, or visit www.shfb.org/getfood

For All of Our MFCCs and Other Professionals Under the Board of Behavioral Sciences 
Kidpower is now certified as a Continuing Education Provider under the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences! 
For More Information: Visit  www.kidpower.org.

Kaiser Permanente Child Health Program
Did you know that Kaiser Permanente in California insures low-income children who are not eligible for Medi-Cal or Covered California through its Child Health Program? With all of the confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many mixed status and immigrant families do not know that the program is an option for their child. The Child Health Program is pleased to offer a quality option in California that gives children the healthcare they need for just $0, $10, or $20 per child, per month, for up to three children, depending on the family's income. Additional children are covered at no extra premium. There are also no co-pays (no charge) for services at Kaiser Permanente facilities.
For More Information: Send email to Maury Rosas at  maurice.o.rosas@kp.org. You can also get additional details, including eligibility guidelines and how to apply, by  clicking here
 
PARENT PROJECT 
This 12-week program, which offers classes throughout Santa Clara County, is specifically designed for parents with difficult or out-of-control adolescents. Parents learn specific prevention and intervention strategies for destructive behaviors.
For More Information: Visit www.ParentProject.com; call (408) 808-3794; or send email to  parentproject@da.sccgov.org.

Silicon Valley Kids Climate Club 
This club offers children (and adults) important lessons about conserving energy and water, recycling trash, and finding new food sources.  Supervisor Dave Cortese started the Kids Climate Club to introduce children in 3rd through 12th grades to simple tips they can use to help protect the environment. 
For More Information: If you would like Supervisor Cortese to give a presentation to your school or youth group, call  (408) 299-3050, or send email to  dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org .
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIESvolunteer
Yes We Can...Read! Reading Mentor with Grail Family Services 
57% of students in the Alum Rock school district are not reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade, meaning that they are SIX times more likely to drop out of school in the future. Become a reading mentor for two Kindergarten and 1st grade students today at Dorsa and San Antonio Elementary Schools in East San Jose, and build a strong literacy foundation for their academic and life success! During the school day, you choose a one-hour weekly time slot Monday-Friday between 8:30am - 2:00pm that works best for you. Re-scheduling is always available, and we are very flexible! We recruit year-round and set up mentors in classrooms as soon as their requirements are cleared.
For More Information: Visit Beamentor.org/gfs, or email Gabriela Alvarado at GAlvarado@gfsfamilyservices.org.

Be an Educational Surrogate for Foster Youth
 
Would you like to help students in foster placement, but are unsure how to help? The Santa Clara County Office of Education Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program is recruiting volunteer Educational Surrogates, and providing all necessary training.  If interested, please contact Shannon McIntosh, SCCOE Foster Youth Services Liaison at (408) 453-6998 or send email to Shannon_McIntosh@sccoe.org.

The Beat Within Is Seeking Volunteer Facilitators  
Since 1996, The Beat Within has been committed to its mission to provide incarcerated youth in the juvenile justice system and beyond with a one-of-a-kind forum where they can write about the things that matter to them, explore how they have lost connection with those things they value, and consider how they might re-connect to positive situations in their lives through the power of the written word and visual art. Volunteer facilitators are needed to support this transformative work inside Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall every Thursday evening from 7:00 - 9:00pm.
For More Information: Send email to the Program Director, Lisa Lavaysse, at llava@thebeatwithin.org.

OYP Is Seeking Youth Leaders  
The Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) is once again opening Youth Voice positions for youth ages 16 - 24 years who would be interested in representing their peers in this partnership. If you know of a youth who would be interested in the role, please have them complete an application. This is a wonderful leadership opportunity, and a stipend is provided for the youth members.
For More Information: You can download the application (PDF format) by  clicking here.  
 
Be a Child Advocate!  
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is recruiting volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to work one-on-one with foster children and be a mentor and their voice as they navigate the dependency system. We train and support our CASAs as they work to support foster children.
  For More Information: To learn more and sign up for an introductory session, visit www.bemyadvocate.org
 
Volunteer to Become a Certified Car Seat Technician 
In the Bay Area, 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly. ACCESS (a service of the Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary) hosts free car seat fitting inspections. Join ACCESS in our efforts to ensure infants and children are safe in their vehicles. Training is provided at Good Samaritan Hospital, 2425 Samaritan Drive, San Jose, CA.
For More Information: Call Shannon Hickok at (408) 559-2395, or send email to shannon.hickok@hcahealthcare.com. You can also visit the ACCESS website by  clicking here.
 
Join the LPC Council of Santa Clara County 
The Local Early Education Planning Council (LPC) of Santa Clara County is seeking individuals who are interested in applying for membership to the Council. Funded by the California Department of Education and housed at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the mission of the LPC is to assess, represent, and promote the early care and education needs of children and families in the community. Applicants must work or live in Santa Clara County, and exhibit a strong commitment to advocating for increased quality childcare services; an ability to make information-based decisions; and excellent leadership skills.
For More Information:  If you are interested in submitting an application, send email to Michael Garcia at  michael_garcia@sccoe.org , or call  (408) 453-6649.
 
Volunteer with Junior Achievement 
Inspire students at local elementary schools with Junior Achievement! Junior Achievement prepares youth for economic success through a short series of age-appropriate lessons about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. You can volunteer to work in schools and teach these lessons (the teacher will be in the classroom to provide support.) The dates, times, and locations are flexible, including any school or after-school program (i.e. public, private, charter, etc.) There is a one-hour mandatory training.
For More Information: Send email to Amanda Lopez, District Manager, Silicon Valley, at alopez@janorcal.org , or call (408) 217-7906.

Be a Mentor for Elementary School Children  
Collaborative Community Program (CCP) is seeking mentors for children at Washington Elementary School in downtown San Jose. Mentors meet with children in Kindergarten through 5th grade on Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00pm at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library.
For More Information: Send email to Rochelle at CCPSantaClara@gmail.com , or call 
(408) 634-2125. You can also visit the 
Collaborative Community Program  Facebook page. 
 
COLUMN: THE BEAT WITHINthebeatwithin 
The Beat Within is a San Francisco-based non-profit that has been committed since 1996 to providing incarcerated youth inside Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall with a weekly writing and conversation workshop every Thursday evening. Below is another piece written by an incarcerated youth that was featured in their award-winning publication, The Beat Within.  
 
Money Down The Drain
When it comes to the yearly budget targeted for running the federal prisons, eighty-billion dollars are currently being spend. Personally, I find this amount to be beyond disgusting and I abhor upon learning that our government is more than willing to spend such a grotesque amount on a system designed to punish the populace, instead of aiding it.

Prison reform should take place, in order to save money to be spend on a more positive department. An example of something more worthwhile would be the education department, something that I have observed to be losing an amass of funding over the last decade. Another might be the medical research department.

It is estimated that in California prisons at least hundred thousand dollars per year are spend on just one meager inmate. Many of which have been in prison on non violent crimes. Ever heard of the three strikes law that was passed on California? This law was practically designed to accumulate prisoners as well as to keep them. It seems as if the government whom is also known as the one percent wants to lock up the rest of us, especially those stemming from low income and ghetto neighborhoods.

Why, now that I think of it, the government spends more money on one inmate than the average American makes for a yearly salary.

All the money wasted to upkeep the prisoners could be used to send our youth to extended education schools. Think of it, I wish for you to picture the country and how much more successful it would be if college was free. All the geniuses that are trapped in the ghetto would finally be able to escape the environment that deters them from making a name for themselves and being legally successful. Allow me to put it like this, more education, a higher education, allows more people to be qualified for more beneficial to society positions which means our nation makes more advances and would have more jobs created leading to more people in the work force and less people committing crimes. As well as less people being locked up in the facilitates the government spends such an extreme amount of guap (money) on.

It does not take a genius to figure it out and realize what must be done. Reform the prison systems, hell even reform some laws, it will vastly benefit future generations.
-Julia 

To find out more about The Beat Within, please see 
The Beat Within Facebook page , or visit www.thebeatwithin.org . To find out more about getting involved in their weekly workshops inside juvenile hall or to get a subscription to their magazine, send email to Lisa Lavaysse at llava@thebeatwithin.org.

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