April 6, 2022

Welcome to the latest issue of The Connection, APHSA’s newsletter offering updates and resources pertaining to employment and economic well-being, child and family well-being, and H/HS integration.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to strengthen families, and prevent child abuse and neglect. Through this collaboration, prevention services and supports help protect children and produce thriving families. Find resources here.
APHSA Event Updates
Come celebrate 90 years of APHSA! We are excited to announce that in-person registration is open for the APHSA 2022 National Health and Human Services Summit, to be held June 12-15 in Arlington, VA. Our theme, The Way Forward: Charting our Next Course speaks to both the once-in-a-generation moment we are in and honors our 90th anniversary celebration. In this milestone anniversary, we are showcasing volunteer leaders, parent and community voices, and many others who make our work possible. Register now!
The American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual Education Conference Call for Proposals is now open! The AAHHSA 2022 Conference will be held October 9-12 in Columbus, OH—save the date and learn more about the focus areas and session types in our proposal guide. Be sure to submit proposals by May 6.
The Economic Mobility and Well-Being (EMWB) Conference Call for Proposals deadline is approaching! The EMWB 2022 Conference will be held August 14-17 at the Marriott Savannah Riverfront in Savannah, GA—save the date and learn more about the focus areas and session types in our proposal guide. Be sure to submit proposals by April 8.
The National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA) Annual Education Conference Call for Proposals deadline is approaching! The NSDTA 2022 Conference will be held October 16-19 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center, Spokane, WA—save the date and learn more about the focus areas and session types in our proposal guide. Be sure to submit proposals by April 8.

Statement by Secretary Vilsack on the President’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget, March 28, 2022 - USDA Secretary Vilsack released a statement on the Administration's budget submission for fiscal year 2023, detailing the ways that the budget makes critical investments in the American people that will help lay a stronger foundation for shared growth and prosperity for generations to come.
Estimates of the Nutritional Impact of Non-Participation in the National School Lunch Program during COVID-19 School Closures, March 28, 2022 - In the absence of recent data measuring changes in children’s diets during the pandemic, this article from MDPI aims to provide conservative, back-of-the-envelope estimates of the nutritional impacts of the pandemic for school-aged children in the United States. MDPI used administrative data from the USDA on the number of NSLP lunches served in 2019 and 2020 and nationally representative data from the USDA School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study on the quality of school-prepared and home-prepared lunches.
Thursday, April 7, 2:00-3:15 PM EDT

The Rural Child Hunger Summit - No Kid Hungry and Save the Children.
April 27-28, 2022

What Child Care Arrangements Do Parents Want During Nontraditional Hours? March 30, 2022 - A new report from Urban Institute uses insights from parents in Connecticut, Oklahoma, and Washington, DC to inform policymakers on the child care needs of parents working nontraditional hours.

ACF/ED Webinar: Public Service Loan Forgiveness for the ECE Workforce, April 1, 2022 - This webinar from the Department of Education (ED) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) highlights student loan forgiveness for the early childhood workforce.

Head Start's Interaction with Federal, State, and Local Systems, April 2022 - This brief from the office of Policy and Research Evaluation (OPRE) uses information from the 2019 Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) to explore the alignment between Head Start with other systems that support Early Care Education (ECE). Also, the study discusses the effects of licensing, Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), and other funding streams on Head Start and other local ECE programs.

Partnerships for Child Welfare Across Systems and How Volunteers Can Help, April 2022 - This report from the New Haven Register discusses the role of court-appointed special advocate (CASA) Volunteers in mapping resources across systems for children and families and informing judges' decisions. The report describes the contributions that CASA volunteers bring to the child welfare system, primarily increasing stability and permanency for children.
Healing Together Conference - Native Dad’s Network.
Thursday, April 7, 1:00 PM PDT

NDACAN Office Hours Spring 2022 - National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN).
Friday, April 22, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT

Tuesday, April 26, 10:00-11:30 AM EDT

April 27-29, 2022

Thursday, April 28, 3:00-4:00 PM EDT

The University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has released a report, Digital Transformation and Public Value: A Primer for Government Leaders. It shares helpful theory and tools for communicating the value and practicality of digital transformation to public-sector leaders. Read full report here and article summarizing the report here.
Career Paths for Entry-Level IT Workers: Findings from the Per Scholas WorkAdvance Program, April 1, 2022 - Given the generally promising IT industry outlook, it is important to understand whether it offers employment opportunities that could improve the economic mobility of workers with low incomes. This OPRE paper highlights a program targeted at such a population: IT training offered by Per Scholas, a nonprofit training and employment services provider in New York, as part of the WorkAdvance evaluation.
Myth Busting Public Interest Technology: An Interactive Conversation, Beeck Center for Social Impact, and Innovation at Georgetown University.
Later Today! Wednesday, April 6, 4:00-5:00 PM EDT

All Streets Lead to Procurement (part of Georgetown's Tech & Society Week) - Beeck Center for Social Impact, and Innovation at Georgetown University.
Thursday, April 7, 2:00 PM EDT

SIREN 2022 National Research Meeting: Racial Health Equity in Social Care - Social Interventions Research and Evaluation Network (SIREN). The Call for Proposals is now open for this meeting.
Thursday, September 15, 12:00-3:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, September 27, 12:00-3:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, October 12, 12:00-3:00 PM EDT

Driving Digital Equity – New Funding Opportunities, New Strategies - Governing, Cisco. On-Demand Webinar designed to help build a strategy for increasing digital equity within your community, provide solutions for addressing accessibility and affordability, and share available funding sources.