August 2019
As we gear up for back to school for many families, it still gives me a sense of fresh starts, new adventures, exciting opportunities, and a giddiness for "what's next?"

At Promise Partners, our yearly cycle also begins anew on July 1 and ramps up in August for another year. As we reflect on the past two years, we have had a series of awareness and education among our stakeholders: reviewing our community data, needs, and indicators around risk and protective factors; understanding the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, Protective Factor Framework, Neuroscience of Trauma; Hope and Resilience; and Connections Matter. In addition to our cross sector of Governance Board members, we also have recruited leadership from critical sectors impacting ACES. This Board appointed leadership team has been meeting and planning for the past year. The team has researched and discussed various best practices and examples on how to develop a cross-sector comprehensive approach to achieve child & family well being. I am so excited for the "what's next" phase we are launching this year! 

Stay tuned for opportunities to become more engaged with our work to mitigate ACES and build hope and resiliency in Pottawattamie County in the next twelve months! 

With robust goals and dreams, comes opportunity for growth and expansion.  Promise Partners has extended regions served through Decategorization (DECAT), Early Childhood Iowa (ECI), and Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC).  Our efforts now include providing support and coordination for the following Community Boards:
  • Harrison-Monona-Shelby County Decat & CPPC Board (HMS Board)
  • Harrison-Monona-Shelby County Early Childhood Board (HMS ECI)
  • Fremont-Page-Taylor Decat & CPPC Board (FPT Board)
We're excited to address the unique needs of each community , guided by our vision to "empower a caring community that promises the well-being of every child."  

Patricia Russmann
Executive Director
Upcoming Pottawattamie County Meetings

Youth & Families Committee
Date: August 13 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location:  Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Prevent Child Abuse Committee
Date: August 21 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location:  Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Promise Partners Governance Board
Date: August 28 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Location: Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Meeting notes and agendas posted at www.promisepartners.org.
Epigenetics and Child Development: 
How Children's Experiences Affect Their Genes

New scientific research shows that environmental influences can actually affect whether and how genes are expressed. In fact, scientists have discovered that early experiences can determine how genes are turned on and off and even whether some are expressed at all. Thus, the old ideas that genes are "set in stone" or that they alone determine development have been disproven. Nature vs. Nurture is no longer a debate-it's nearly always both!

Early Childhood Mental Health

InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health
InBrief: Early Childhood Mental Health

Science tell us that the foundations of sound mental health are built early in life.  Early experiences including children's relationships with parents, caregivers, relatives, teachers, and peers-interact with the genes to share the architecture of the developing brain  Disruptions in this developmental process can impair a child's capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications.

In this edition of the InBrief series through Harvard University's Center for the Developing Child explains how improving children's environments of relationships and experiences early in life can prevent initial difficulties from destabilizing later development and mental health.  This 5-minute video provides an overview of Establishing a Level of Foundation for Life: Mental Health Begins in Early Childhood, a paper by the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.
Call for Volunteers to Distribute 
Iowa Human Trafficking Rescue Stickers

Traffickers instill fear in their victims and a belief that no one cares. The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking Rescue Sticker reaches out to victims with a message of hope that displays both the National and Iowa hotline numbers and a text message option.

Volunteers are needed to post Rescue Stickers, especially in women's restrooms.

How do I volunteer to distribute?
If you or your group, agency, or church wish to distribute stickers, view details here. You may also contact Alexis Costello at acostello7786@mtmercy.edu.
Back to School:  10 Days of Activities
Looking to cure those back- to -
school blues? Use the "10 Days of Action" from Boys Town to get kids energized and equipped for the new school year. Set them up for success with challenges, activities and conversations that address everything from goals and homework to friendships and behavior.
Back to School Extravaganza
The 12th Annual Extravaganza will be held August 16 at the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus.
See flyer for registration details.

Contact Clarrissa Newman at clarrissa.newman@lakincampus.org 
for details to host an informational table. 
Quick Links
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
America's Promise

Family Support Summit
August 16, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Training in 
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
August 19-23, 2019
Bellevue, NE

Darkness to Light
August 20, 2019
Omaha, NE

Building a Better Future
A Parent Partner Training
August 28, 29, 30, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Who Invited You Anyway
August 30, 2019
Omaha, NE

CASA Networking & Recruitment Bash
September 3, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Sexual Violence is Everyone's Issue
September 12, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Compassion Fatigue & Self-Care
September 17, 2019
Omaha, NE

Iowa Early Learning 
Fall Institute
October 3-5, 2019
Altoona, IA

Coaching for a Change
October 18, 2019
Omaha, NE

Coming Up:
Back to School Extravaganza
August 16, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Minden Fun Days
August 17, 2019
Minden, IA

Back to School Carnival
August 18, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Outdoor Family 
Movie Night
August 23, 2019
Macedonia, IA

Donia Day
August 24, 2019
Macedonia, IA 

Common Sense Parenting for Parents of Toddlers & Preschoolers
August 27 - October 8
Council Bluffs, IA

Bayliss Block Party
August 31, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Latino Festival
September 7, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Walnut Community 
Center Grand Opening
September 7, 2019
Walnut, IA

For more events, visit www.unleashcb.com