June 2019
Experiences during a child's life have a tremendous impact on development and life outcomes.  Promise Partners works with our partners to address challenges for children and families through resources, services, and supports.  We focus on several key priorities that include early childhood development, school readiness, secure and nurturing families, and healthy children and youth.

We've accomplished much, guided by our vision to "empower a caring community that promises the well-being of every child."  Join us in being that caring community.

Patricia Russmann
Executive Director

Youth & Families Committee
Date: June 11 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location:  Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Prevent Child Abuse Committee
Date: June 19 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location:  Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Promise Partners Governance Board
Date: June 19 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.
Seeking Family Input

Early Childhood Iowa is seeking input from families with children ages 0-5 that are being served by the early childhood system of providers.

Please share this survey with all families of young children. families. This  data will ensure families have a strong voice in our efforts.

The Science of Dad and the 'Father Effect'
The impact of fatherhood is not subjective, but objective and documented phenomenon.  Although motherhood has dominated studies of parenting in the past, researchers are learning more about how to be a good dad and why that matters every day.   So far, they know that kids who grow up with a present, engaged dad are less likely to drop out of school or wind up in jail, compared to children with absent fathers and no other male caretakers or role models.  When kids have close relationships with father figures, they're less likely to have sex at a young age and tend to avoid other high-risk behaviors.  They're more likely to have high-paying jobs and healthy, stable relationships when they grow up.  They also tend to have higher IQ test scores by the age of 3 and endure fewer psychological problems throughout their lives when fatherhood is taken seriously. 

Father Matter Event to Feature Family Fun
Boys Town Iowa will hold its third annual Fathers Matter Community Celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on June 8 at Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road.

Activities will be held on the green space and parking lots between Kinney Hall and the old dormitory.

Fathers Matter has been a popular event, attracting 200 people its first year and 400 its second, said Patrick Garcia, community outreach developer at Boys Town Iowa.

"We're expecting about 600 to 700 people this year," he said.  "It's to get the community behind the importance of fatherhood - not just to be a father, but to be an active father.  It's the weekend before Father's Day to encourage fathers to engage with their children the next weekend."

Trauma Informed Approaches and Awareness for Programs Working with Fathers

A factsheet from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, highlights the importance of a trauma-informed approach when engaging fathers and provides background information, tips, and related resources.  Many fathers have experienced trauma, and the NRFC advises that all programs be trauma informed by following a process of "universal precaution," which assumes all clients may have experienced trauma.
Trauma-Informed Approaches and Awareness for Programs Working With Fathers is available at  https://www.fatherhood.gov/content/nrfc-tips-professionals.
Experience Changes Biology

"A cell is a machine for turning experience into biology." Join Jason Silva as he freestyles complex systems of society, technology and human existence and discusses the truth and beauty of science in a form of existential jazz.

Experience Changes Biology
Experience Changes Biology

Program Spotlight: Job Corps

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 to 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

Quick Links
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
America's Promise
Training Opportunities:

Trauma & Resilience in Families
June 12, 2019
or July 16, 2019
Omaha, NE

Darkness to Light
June 20, 2019
Omaha, NE

Grant Writing Palooza
June 20, 2019
Omaha, NE

Building Community
July 6, 2019
Omaha, NE

Compassion Fatigue & Self-Care
July 18, 2019
Omaha, NE

Learning Support Symposium
August 5-6, 2019
Oakland, IA

Coming Up:
Future Fest 2019
June 6, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA
Information Here

Fathers Matter!
Community Celebration
June 8, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Suicide Prevention Community Event
June 11, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Nature Explorers Club
June 13, 20, 27, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Family Fun & Safety Fair
June 26, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

For more events, visit www.unleashcb.com
Funding Opportunities:

America's Promise: 
These grants are not 
offered through Promise Partners, 
but they each relate to our mission.