The Caregiver Courier
August 2019
The 2019-2020 School Year is Here!
As unbelievable as it might seem, the new school year is already upon us! The first day of school for CCSD students is Monday, August 12! Is your child ready for the new school year? We have compiled a couple of different resources which may help you prepare your child!
Back to School Tips!
The start of a new school year can be intimidating for a lot of reasons. However, there are ways to make the transition to a new year smoother. Here are six helpful tips that can help a child feel confident and secure heading into the 2019-2020 school year! Check it out!
CCSD Back to School!
From information about transportation to questions about the different food services available to students, CCSD has put together this website to help parents feel prepared as the school year approaches. Make sure to check it out!

2019-2020 CCSD School Calendar
This is another reminder of when the first day of school is, along with a link to the full calendar for the 2019-2020 school year!

  • Monday, August 12:
Classes Begin

For more CCSD calendar information, click   here
Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation Scholarships
Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation provides cultural, athletic and educational scholarships to abused, abandoned and neglected children who are currently or former wards of the state (foster children), to encourage them to reach their potential and to provide hope for a successful future.

You can learn more about the scholarships and apply for them here.
Caregiver Resources
We know that being a caregiver can come with a lot of different paperwork and resources to keep track of, which is why DFS developed this caregiver resource list! You can save it to your phone or stick on your fridge to reference when you need it.

Advanced Foster Care
Have you ever considered becoming an Advanced Foster Care resource? Advanced Foster Care is an enhanced program for children who require additional services and support. Click here to learn more about this program!
Peggy's Attic Open Select Saturdays This Fall!
Peggy's Attic will be open on select Saturdays this fall to help caregivers who are not able to make it in during the normal hours of operation.

Peggy's Attic will be open the following Saturdays from
10 am - 2pm:

  • August 10
  • September 14
  • October 12
NACAC Conference
The North American Council on Adoptable Children held its 45th annual conference here in Clark County from July 18-20. It was an amazing gathering of those who work every day to make communities better for children and their families. Clark County also had four outstanding advocates recognized for all they do! Congrats to Alexis Nichols, DaShun Jackson, Alison Caliendo and Reed Cowan. Thank you for all you do to make our community stronger!
Earthquake Safety!
In the wake of the two earthquakes felt in Clark County in early July, we want to share these helpful safety tips to help you and your family feel prepared for the next time you find yourself in the midst of an earthquake!

Update from CSG!

The Children's Service Guild (CSG) was recognized by the Clark County Board of Commissioners on June 18. The day was officially proclaimed "Children's Service Guild of Southern Nevada Day" in Clark County. Read more about it here.
Summer Activities 2019!

Summer vacation is here! There are many activities in the community during the summer for the whole family!

Click  here to view some of these summertime suggestions.
Quality Parenting Standards for Foster Homes: Health
The next highlighted section of the Quality Parenting Standards addresses the health care of the children in your care.

This section addresses questions such as how to document the medication given to a child in your care, who is allowed to give authorization for treatment or other procedures, and the other potential medical needs, such as vision and dental, that medicaid will cover here in the state of Nevada.

If you want to read more, you can do so by clicking here and going to the section titled "Health".
Foster Parent Training Calendar
Foster parents are required to complete 12 hours of training in 2019. There are many trainings each month you can attend to satisfy this requirement.

You can view the August training calendar with dates/times/locations  here .
Online Training Spotlight:
Recognizing and Report Child Abuse and Neglect*

Did you know that you can take “Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect” training online at no cost? This training provides detailed information for Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Sponsor:   University of Nevada Cooperative Extension - Las Vegas
Type of Training:   Internet Course
Contact Info:   Cathryn Peshlakai    Phone  : (702) 257-5561
No Charge         Hours:   2
Registration Info:   Visit  and create an account. After your account is established, search by title of the course. Content in this course is designed to simulate a two-hour face to face training. All sections and videos must be viewed completely and in sequential order to meet The Nevada Registry course requirement. Upon successful completion, a certificate will be available for printing.
Core Knowledge Area:   Health, Nutrition & Safety
Training Summary:   This online training will teach child care providers the definitions and indicators of child abuse and neglect. Topics include: How to recognize and report abuse, how to respond to a disclosure, what happens when you report and child care program policies that help keep children safe and dealing with stress.
The Daily Jam Podcast
A new way to podcast. Part music. Part talk show. ALL entertainment. Welcome to The Daily JAM! Jamole Callahan, Adrian McLemore and Michael Sanders join forces to take on a roller coaster ride of understanding one of the most misunderstood populations in our society: Teenagers! A special focus is given to foster parents to help you understand and better connect with your teens. You can listen NOW at or on your favorite podcast platform! You can also follow the podcast on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @dailyJam.
Foster Parents' Night Out!
Grace Point Church and Canyon Ridge Christian Church are both hosting a  FREE  respite program so foster parents can get an occasional night out! 

Grace Point offers respite care from 6 - 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month.
Canyon Ridge offers respite care from 6 - 9 p.m. on the third Friday of each month.
Grace Point Church Foster Parents' Night Out
What: Foster Parents' Night Out

When: 6 - 9 p.m., First Friday of each month.

Next date: Friday, September 6, 2019

Where: Grace Point Church
3794 W. Ann Rd., North Las Vegas

Who: All foster caregivers (licensed, unlicensed, relative, fictive kin)

How to register:   Click here .
Note: Check back again soon for registration.
(Registration closes two days before the event and opens the Saturday after each event for the following month's event.)
Canyon Ridge Christian Church
Foster Parents' Night Out

What: Foster Parents' Night Out

When: 6-9 p.m., Third Friday of each month.

Next date: Friday, August 16, 2019

Where: Canyon Ridge Christian Church
Lone Mountain Campus – Base Camp
6200 West Lone Mountain Road
Las Vegas, NV 89130

Who: All foster caregivers (licensed, unlicensed, relative, fictive kin)
How to register: Click here . (registration closed the second Friday of each month opens the Monday after each event for the following month).
Foster One Recruit One

The greatest tool to recruit new foster parents...are current foster parents.

Clark County DFS wants to help you host a recruitment party. We will provide the information and refreshments, all we need from you is a location and a minimum of five (5) potential foster parents confirmed to attend.

Do you want to be next!? See this flyer for more information.
Foster Care Information Sessions!

There is always a need for more foster families in Clark County. The first step is to attend one of the many information sessions offered all across Clark County.

If you know someone who has been thinking of becoming a foster resource, click on the picture to see the full schedule of information sessions and help them take that first step.

Join Foster Change
Caring for a child is one of the most important things a person can do. Caring for a child who is not your own requires a special kind of dedication. There are many children in Southern Nevada who are unable to remain in their homes. Families who open their homes and hearts to these children are committed to improving their lives and their futures. Foster Change is committed to those families. 

We are proud to be the foster and adoptive family association in Southern Nevada. For just $20/year, we offer monthly community connection groups, parents' nights out, family events, educational opportunities, play dates, and free car seat and CPR/first aid training. Many of our events include free childcare and meals. We also work together to advocate for support for all foster and adoptive families in Nevada. We look forward to meeting your family! 

For more information, please contact Foster Change program manager Sandy Vargas at (702) 970-4546 or by email at . Visit us at or
10 Ways to Support Foster Children in Clark County

We are so appreciative of all the amazing people who have opened their homes to become foster parents.

However, becoming a foster parent is not the only way to help a child in need.

We have compiled a list of 10 ways you can support foster children in Clark County. Check out the full list: English/ Spanish
Entrenamiento en Español

There's a new feature on the QPI Nevada Just in Time training website! There is now a button (Entrenamiento en Español) on the homepage. This button directs caregivers to a new page that features a link to the "Trainings in Spanish" topic in the video library and the Spanish version of the FAQ document.

Click here  to see the new button or go directly to the following website here:

Para entrenamientos en español,  haga clic aquí .
What is QPI?

Building quality relationships through support and partnership for the well-being and support of our children.

Enhance Your Skills

Various trainings are offered in the community to help enhance caregivers' capacity to parent. Please click on the links below to learn more about exciting training opportunities from which you can benefit. 

The QPI Clark County Values
  • Children do best in families
  • Engaging our community
  • Supporting & strengthening families
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Las Vegas, NV 89106