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February 1, 2023 | Issue 64 (View newsletter as webpage) Para leer este boletín en Español, haga clic aquí

Important News

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Office of Civil Rights Data - More than 700 Elementary School Children Arrested

The most recent data collected by the US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is from the 2017-18 school year. These data show that over 700 children were arrested in US Elementary schools during that year. More recent data will be released in 2023.

The data also show that:

  • Children with disabilities were four times more likely to be arrested at school
  • Black students were more than five times more likely to be arrested at school

In a 2020 study, School Resource Officers said their primary mission was to keep the school safe. However, those who worked with low-income students or students of color "defined the threat as students themselves." (Kupchick, 2020)

Read an in-depth article from CBS news here

Learn more about Civil Rights Data Collection and view data here


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National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families

The Center is a hub of research and resources to help programs better serve low-income Hispanic children and families. 

Their research and resources focus on: 

  • Poverty Reduction & Economic Self-Sufficiency
  • Fatherhood, Family Structure and Family Dynamics 
  • Early Care and Education

Resources include fact sheets and infographics, webinars and podcasts.

View resources related to Fatherhood, Family Structure and Family Dynamics

View resources about Poverty Reduction and Self-Sufficiency here

View Hispanic Family Facts here

Kinship Care Resource

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Sometimes grandparents, other relatives or family friends care for children when their parents are not able to care for them. This is known as kinship care. The term "kin" includes relatives as well as friends that have a close emotional relationship wth the child. This type of care can occur with or without the involvement of a child welfare agency.

A fact sheet was developed for kin caregivers to help them work effectively with the child welfare system. It addresses:

  • Benefits of placement with relatives/kin
  • Different types of kinship care
  • What to expect from the child welfare system
  • Services and how to access them
  • Involvement with the courts
  • Permanent families for children
  • Additional Resources

Review the comprehensive fact sheet developed by the US Department of Health and Human Services here

Go to this page on SPAN's website and scroll down to find useful links to additional related resources

Upcoming Events

SPAN offers a variety of learning opportunities for families and the professionals who work with them.

Highlighted Event This Week

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Early Childhood Virtual Miniconference

Do you have a child aged birth - 5 years old? Join us for one or all of the 5 weekly sessions in a virtual miniconference series which begins March 9, 2023.

Early Childhood is a critical time in a child's development.

The Miniconference will highlight the following topics - all sessions are from Noon - 1:30 pm:

March 9, 2023

Social Emotional Development in Young Children

March 16, 2023

Understanding the Importance of Developmental Monitoring & Screening

March 23, 2023

Welcome to Early Intervention

March 30, 2023

Transitioning from Early Intervention to Preschool

April 6, 2023

Using Assistive Technology to Support Early Learning

Click on the title above to register for a specific workshop or Click here to see all the workshops

See all of SPAN's upcoming events with details and registration links here 

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Raising Self-Esteem

Self-esteem plays a significant role in our decisions, attitudes, and goals. Read more on how to boost your self-esteem in today’s blog post, “Raising Self-Esteem.”

Click here to read the blog

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