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Bold Steps for Children Newsletter
MARCH 2015   

On Wednesday, February 25th, more than 250 community leaders and others who care about children and youth came together at the Eighth Annual Children's Summit held at Microsoft. Many thanks to those of you who attended, presented, or in some other way helped to make the Children's Summit a success.

At the Summit, we celebrated Juvenile Justice Systems Partners and presented them with the Bold Steps for Children Award for their contribution to some amazing results for youth engaged in the juvenile justice system. Here are some of the stats:
  • Total juvenile arrests in Santa Clara County decreased 52.4% from 14,663 youth arrested in 2008 to 6,214 youth arrested in 2014.
  • On March 31, 2009, there were 304 youth in Juvenile Hall. On December 1, 2014, the number was 97 youth in Juvenile Hall.
  • While there is still over-representation of Latino and African American youth in our juvenile justice system, there has been a significant decrease in the number of these youth who have been cited or detained in Juvenile Hall:
    • 778 Latino youth were cited or detained in June 2009. This number decreased 65% to 269 youth in November 2014. 
    • 86 African American youth were cited or detained in June 2009. This number decreased 60% to 33 youth in November 2014.
La Raza Roundtable, NAACP, SV Debug, County Office of Education, SVCN, Juvenile Court, County Departments of Probation, Social Services, Mental Health, Public Defender, District Attorney SJ Police Department, LACY, East San Joe Union High School District, SJSU College of Education, Mayor's Gang Prevention Taskforce, and others were part of the award recipients this year. To learn more about their collective impact effort, you can watch the Bold Steps for Children Award Video by clicking here.

We hope to have the presentations from the Summit on our website within the next couple of weeks.  We will also be offering some Spring workshops, and those will be on our website soon.

Have a wonderful March!

Dana Bunnett, Director
Kids in Common
A Piece from Their Award-Winning Publication
In this March newsletter, we continue to feature The Beat Within, a San Francisco-based non-profit that has been committed since 1996 to providing incarcerated youth in the Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice system with a weekly writing and conversation workshop. Below is another piece written by an incarcerated youth that was featured in their award-winning publication, The Beat Within.

When I look out the window, I see the world I was once in.
A sadness appears as I feel a tear running down my chin.
I see trees being blown by the wind as they rock back and forth,
And look back on my life as I took the wrong course.
I see birds fly free in the sky,
While I'm in a cell wondering why.
I see the clouds develop while the rain starts pouring down.
I'm wishing that my physical being was free instead of being bound.
I see the weather change as it goes from hot to cold,
Confined in a place as I grow old.
I see buildings, houses and even cars as they drive by.
It's hard to stop stressing, but at least I try.
I see the street lights come on when night appears,
Trying to focus on my freedom but it isn't clear.
I see myself wondering, "Is it over for me?"
While I'm looking out the window from inside the penitentiary,
I ask myself why.

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.
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.

Community Events

International Women's Day
This complimentary event will celebrate women of all ages, all nationalities, and all races! Great performances, giveaways, healthy snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, new collections from local clothing designers, VIP guests, officials from different consulates, and much more. Dave Cortese, 2015 President of the Board, Santa Clara County Supervisor and his hardworking team are helping to co-organize this great event.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
2:00 - 7:00pm
County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA
For More Information:
You can reserve your complimentary tickets by clicking here. For updated information and photos please visit the International Women's Day Facebook page.

Taking the Next Step: Bringing Together Social-Emotional Learning and Culturally Responsive Instruction in Teacher Preparation
Sponsored by CRTWC, this one-day institute will be presented in affiliation with the California Council on Teacher Education Spring 2015 Conference. It will bring together what we know about the intersection of Social-Emotional Learning and Culturally Responsive Instruction, and generate what we need to know and do in order to prepare teachers entering the field to see these two powerful lenses as integrally related.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
11:30am - 6:00pm
St. Claire Hotel, 3025 Market Street, San Jose, CA
For More Information:
Visit the CRTWC website at
www.reachandteachthewholechild.org .

Santa Clara County Violence Free Communities Launch Event
Join the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and community at the launch of the We All Play a Role campaign. We need you to spread the word that violence is preventable. Stay up to date by signing up for the Santa Clara County Violence Free Communities newsletter at www.ViolenceFreeSCC.org.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
11:30 am
Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information:
Send email to ViolenceFreeSCC@phd.sccgov.org.

Project Cornerstone's Asset Champions Awards Breakfast

This 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 live and grow. This year we will be recognizing CASA of Los Gatos (Community Values Youth), Nancy Koble (Adult Role Model), Sabrina Mah (Positive Peer Influence), Veronica Trejo (Positive Cultural Identity), and the following schools for their positive school climate: Live Oak High School, Graham Middle School, and Moreland Elementary School.
Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
Time: 7:15 - 9:30am
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center - Mission City Ballroom, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA
For More Information: You can get more details by clicking here. Also visit www.projectcornerstone.org.

Early Learning in the Digital World: A Silicon Valley Conversation
Please join Silicon Valley Community Foundation's Center for Early Learning for a presentation and interactive discussion about the latest research on how technology and electronic media intersect with early learning. Keynote speakers include Rafael L�pez, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, The White House (invited); Lisa Guernsey, Director of the Early Education Initiative and Director of the Learning Technologies Project, New America; and Michael H. Levine, Executive Director, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. Panelists include Commonsense Media, Imagine K-12, and SRI Center for Technology and Learning.
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Microsoft Corporation - Galileo Auditorium, 1065 La Avenida Street Mountain View, CA
For More Information: You can register for the event by clicking here. You can also send email to cel@siliconvalleycf.org.

Homeless Youth: Challenges and Solutions
This is the first of 3 spring workshops from the Children's Agenda. Youth homelessness is a growing concern in our community and nationwide. This interactive workshop will bring together community experts on family and child homelessness and will focus on developing local strategies to address this issue. Dana Bunnett, Director of Kids in Common, will facilitate the workshop.
Date: Monday, April 6, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:30pm
Location: Sabrato Community Conference Center, Cupertino B, 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information: Visit www.kidsincommon.org.

Baby Shower for Pregnant and Parenting Teens
The Santa Clara County Education Department will be hosting our Annual Baby Shower for pregnant and parenting teens in the AFLP/Cal-Learn and Teen Success Programs. During this free event, clients can get clothing, diapers, food, toys, bath items, and much more for their families.
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 6:00pm
Location: 1879 Senter Road, San Jose, CA
For More Information: To learn more about the event, call (408) 795-3732. If you would like to donate new or gently used baby items, you can bring them to our office (1746 The Alameda, San Jose, CA), or you can call (408) 795-3732 to arrange a pick-up by Wednesday, April 1.

2nd Annual Northern California PBIS/School Climate Symposium
The theme for this year's symposium is "Aligning Efforts to Create a Sustainable Positive School Climate." Keynote Speaker, Kent McIntosh, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Oregon's College of Education, will speak about "Sustaining PBIS and Other School Climate Efforts Through the Seas of Change." Workshops include PBIS Tier 1, 2, 3; PBIS Coaching; Cultural Responsiveness and School Climate; Bullying Prevention; Restorative Practices; Social Emotional Learning; and Mental Health.
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 7:30 - 8:30am for registration and continental breakfast; 8:30am - 4:30pm for keynote and symposium
Location: Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA
For More Information: You can register by clicking here. For further details, send email to Janeen Salcido at janeen_salcido@sccoe.org, or call (408) 453-6504.

Healthier Kids Foundation 5th Annual Symposium: Status on Children's Health in Santa Clara County  
This Symposium emphasizes the importance of engaging in "Healthier Earlier" strategies and accessing preventive health services in an effort to create healthier children at an earlier age. Join us as keynote speaker Dr. Robert H. Lustig discusses the sugar pandemic in our society. Other speakers will cover a variety of children's issues in our county.    
Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View, CA
For More Information: You can get more details and register for the event by clicking here. You can also send email to Ashley Lancaster at Ashley@hkidsf.org.

EARLY REGISTRATION: Kidpower Skills for Child Protection Advocates Training Institute
Learn how to use Kidpower's prevention, intervention, advocacy, and personal safety strategies and skills and Positive Practice Teaching Method in your personal and professional activities to take charge of the safety and well-being of the children and teens in your personal and professional life. Participants develop increased tools for taking leadership to protect young people, including those with special needs, from harm caused by thoughtlessness, neglect, bullying, abuse, or violence within their schools, organizations, youth programs, communities and families. Reduced fees for early registration now available.
Date: August 10-12, 2015
Location: California Orientation Center, 400 Adams Street, Albany, CA
For More Information: You can learn about registration, training topics, and program use by clicking here.
For Your Reading or Viewing Pleasure

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 our experts. You can see a list of live webinars and register by clicking here.

TeenForce Plans to Ramp Up in 2015
TeenForce, which was founded almost five years ago by retired mortgage executive, John Hogan, specializes in finding jobs for young people who have been in the foster care system. You can read about their ambitious plans for 2015 in the Silicon Valley Business Journal by clicking here.

Cultural Competence in Teaching Personal Safety
Stay culturally appropriate while teaching children of all backgrounds the essentials of being safe with friends, family, and strangers. See the article from Kidpower's extensive free online library by clicking here .

Foster Youth STEM and Work Readiness Program
Silicon Valley Children's Fund and TeenForce is happy to announce that Symantec will be funding the pilot and implementation of the Foster Youth STEM and Work Readiness Training Program. This program was developed as part of the Clinton Global America Initiative. You can read the press release about the program by clicking here. You can also read about this commitment to action by clicking here.

New Study: C�mo Est�n los Ni�os? 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.

VIDEO: Sports Illustrated Introduces Us To America's Homeless Student-Athletes
More than 100,000 student-athletes in America are homeless, according to Sports Illustrated. While athletes such as Kevin Durant and James Jones have made headlines for overcoming childhood poverty and struggles, the magazine introduces us to today's kids who are succeeding in athletics but have no place to call "home" at the end of the day. You can watch the video by clicking here.

FIRST 5 Obesity Prevention Efforts
The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) recently 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.

New Data on California's Homeless Students
The story of California's homeless students is largely a hidden one - many are doubled up with family and friends, while others live in shelters. See new data from Kidsdata.org and the California Homeless Youth Project about homeless students in your county and school district by clicking here.

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: How to Put Legislative District Data to Work For California Children
If you missed Kidsdata.org's webinar about putting legislative district data to work on behalf of children, the recording is now available on the Kidsdata.org website. The webinar covers how to access data available by legislative district and overlay legislative district maps on many other indicators of child health and well-being available by county, city, or school district. You can review the webinar by clicking here.

Hewlett Foundation Blog Post: The Paradox of Story Telling
The Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) and Kids in Common Children's Summit were featured in a blog post by Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Program Fellow at the Hewlett Foundation. You can read the blog 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.

The 2014 California Children's Report Card 
This study identifies how kids are doing in our state and what needs to be done about it
. Released by Children Now, it covers 27 critical education, health, and child welfare issues and provides a comprehensive evaluation of the current status of California's kids. You can read the Report Card by clicking here.
Volunteer Opportunities 

Yes We Can...Read! Reading Mentor 
Become a reading mentor today! With just a one hour a week commitment, you can work one-on-one with two Kindergarten or 1st grade students in East San Jose to build an intrinsic love for reading and learning. You will be trained on Interactive Reading Strategies that will boost your book sharing skills and help you build up a little reader's confidence and literacy skills. This program requires a 12-session commitment in a school semester. One-hour time slots will occur Monday through Friday between 8:30am-1:30pm at Dorsa or San Antonio Elementary Schools in East San Jose. Volunteer recruiting is year-round, so sign up today!
For More Information: Visit Beamentor.org/gfs, or send email to Gabriela Alvarado at galvarado@gfsfamilyservices.org.
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

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.

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.
John Hogan and TeenForce!

We want to congratulate John Hogan and TeenForce for receiving the Nonprofit of the Year Award given by the SV/SJ Chamber of Commerce.  John is co-chair of the Opportunity Youth Partnership and helps us everyday create better outcomes for Opportunity Youth.

By acting in the role of a full-service staffing agency, TeenForce helps businesses fill hiring needs while also supporting teens and young adults with work readiness training. In 2013, the Obama Administration recognized TeenForce as a "Champion of Change." 
Community Resources
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 5 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.

(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 & 4th Thursdays, 9:00am - 4:00pm; for an appointment, call (650) 968-0836.
(5) West Valley Community Services - 10104 Vista Drive, Cupertino, CA; 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00am - 7:00pm; for more information, call (408) 255-8065.

East San Jose Futbol Club 
There's a new youth soccer program for low-income East San Jose kids that promotes not only soccer, but gang prevention, child obesity awareness, academic support, and referrals to parent services. Youth play at Clyde L Fisher Middle School, 1720 Hopkins Drive, San Jose. The club is always looking for players who reside in East San Jose, coaches that can be positive role models, and office volunteers to help in administration of the club, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
For More information: Send email to Luciano Zamora, President and Co-Founder, at Luciano@LucianoZamora.info, call (408) 968-9571, or visit www.EastSanJoseFC.org.

Access Opportunities for Incarcerated Youth

The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in collaboration with Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation have partnered to bring Community College (Gavilan and Evergreen) access to our students at Blue Ridge and Osborne schools during the 2014-2015 school year. Over the last year, 35 students have taken classes in Astronomy, College Success, Chicano/a Studies and Mexican History. Each class is three units, and students complete all college entry paperwork at their school site supporting their expedited admission to their local college upon release.
For More Information:
Call Yvette Irving, Director of Alternative Education, Santa Clara County Office of Education at (408) 453-6998.

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, we have both non-competitive and competitive programs. Our 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. Our 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.com. 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.

A Proven Way to Restore your Child's Health: The Pediatric Weight Control Program

Based on almost 20 years of Stanford's research, the Pediatric Weight Control Program for overweight children and teens has a success rate of over 80% in restoring and maintaining a lifetime of healthy weight. Parents lose weight too!  Early intervention is the best way to ensure your child's success. Class options for groups in English are Mondays from 4:30 - 6:00pm, and 6:00 - 7:30pm. Class options for groups in Spanish are Wednesdays at 6:00pm. Classes will run every week for six months in Menlo Park, CA. No referral needed!
For More Information:
If this sounds like a good fit for your family, call (650) 724-5611, or send email to pediatricweightcontrol@stanfordchildrens.org to reserve your space.

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 here. For additional professional development opportunities and resources, visit www.inclusioncollaborative.org.

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.

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! 
For More Information: See the public workshop schedule by clicking here; you can get registration information by clicking here. For additional details, call (800) 467-6997 Ext. 1#, or send email to safety@kidpower.org.

Get Help with College Planning  
The Online Colleges Database helps to make the college planning process easier for future students. It provides an easy-to-use search tool with relevant data and integrated Google Maps. The site also includes expert-driven topical guidebooks that aid specific demographics, such as minorities, students and families with disabilities, and veterans who may need a different set of advice and information.
For More Information:
Visit www.onlinecollegesdatabase.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.
Monday through Friday
8:30am - 11:40pm
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.
City of San Jose's Recreation of City Kids (ROCK) After-School Program 
This program offers quality, safe, affordable, and fun after-school care for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. The program consists of enrichment activities, homework assistance, healthy recreation, cooking projects, special events, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum. Scholarships are available. 
Date: Monday through Friday during the school year 
Time: End of school until 6:00pm 
Location: Schools throughout San Jose 
For More Information: Visit www.sanjoseca.gov/prns, or call (408) 535-3576.

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 children. 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 Sarah Hurd at sarah.m.hurd@kp.org. You can also get additional details, including eligibility guidelines and how to apply, by clicking here.

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.

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