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April 2021

To solve the Black maternal mortality crisis, start with upending racist practices

It’s been all over the news for months: Black women in the United States are dying from complications during their pregnancies or in childbirth at alarming rates, and those deaths are preventable. Less well explored is how systemic racism and historical trauma have been at the core of what’s driven up these rates over several decades. A March 20 conference entitled The Impact of ACEs on Black Maternal Health took an in-depth look into why Black maternal mortality and complications during...

A better normal []

By Amy Joyce, Ellen McCarthy, and Washington Post Staff, The Washington Post, April 27, 2021 Nothing about the past year has been easy for parents. They’ve lost loved ones, lost jobs. They’ve been cut off from their children’s grandparents, cut off from child care, cut off from friends and support systems. They’ve missed out on graduations and bar mitzvahs, proms and vacations. They’ve juggled remote school and remote jobs, or been forced to put themselves and their families at risk by...

Family Experiences During COVID-19 Pandemic Data Webinar []

Chloe Yang,, 4/28/21 Interested in learning about family experiences during Covid-19? The HOPE National Resource Center will be presenting project findings tomorrow, April 29, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM PT / 4:00 – 5:30 PM ET. See below for a description of the webinar, and click here to register! “The California Department of Public Health, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (CDPH/IVPB) and the California Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse...

Plant-based knowledge: Six tips on what gardening can teach kids []

By Treva Lind, The Spokesman-Reveiw, April 19, 2021 Lessons learned in the garden can grow immeasurably for children as a portal into the natural world. Take it from a Spokane gardener who has helped kids harvest plant-based knowledge for 15 years. Sue Malm, a WSU Master Gardener since 2006, leads the program’s youth committee. She’s visited many school gardens, science fairs and classrooms, gaining tips on how to lead children toward a love of gardening. And she’s witnessed much learning...

Ten Ways To Protect Your Child Against Bad Experiences []

By Jennifer Hays-Grudo and Amanda Sheffield Morris, The Good Men Project, April 19, 2021 Adversity, such as abuse, neglect, and poverty, damages children. But protective experiences can build resilience against adversity and promote positive development. We identified 10 relationships and resources proven to counter the impact of adverse experiences. They have hidden magic that can transform an otherwise miserable childhood. Perhaps a child has been abused and has an alcoholic or depressed...

To defeat COVID-19, remember the children and don't let down your guard []

By Richard E. Besser and Julie Morita, USA TODAY, April 19, 2021 Americans face a challenge of our own making on the path to herd immunity: our failure to properly consider the needs of children. While we can celebrate the fact that more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the U.S., few of them, outside of clinical trials, have gone into the arms of children younger than 16. That’s why we need to recalibrate our expectations — and redouble our efforts — so...

** NCTSN April 2021 Spotlight ** []

Military children are faced with many challenges, including but not limited to extended separations, deployments, frequent moves, and loss. The relationship with a parent or primary caregiver is critical to a child’s sense of self, safety, and trust. While many military children adjust well after a death, other children have ongoing difficulties that interfere with everyday life and make it difficult to recall positive memories of their loved ones. A child may have a traumatic reaction after...

A 4-Year-Old Child Is Not a Problem. And Expulsion Is Not a Solution. []

By David L. Kirp, The New York Times, April 25, 2021 The boy I’ll call Jackson is the kind of youngster who drives a preschool teacher around the bend. The 4-year-old bites and hits other children, and curses out his teacher, Mariana Lopez. During circle time, when the class is supposed to cluster around and listen to one another, he is a hellion, and nap time turns into a pitched battle. Preschool teachers rely on parents to relate what’s happening on the home front, but Jackson’s mom...

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter April 2021

Hi Folks, The latest edition of the Surviving Spirit Newsletter is posted at the website - Once again I've tried to create a mix of articles, videos, music, books, podcasts, resources, etc, that offer Hope, Healing & Help. As the saying goes, “ Take what you like and leave the rest. ” or here's the PDF - To sign up for an e-mail copy, please...

KidShape Wellness FREE workshop

We welcome you to join our free workshop on April 28th at 6:30 PM PST Your family will be able to learn more about intuitive eating, how to beat screen addiction, and how to practice fitness at home. After the workshop, your child will have the tools for improving self-esteem, their positive body image, and they’ll know how to reduce their anxiety and screen time Sign up for our workshop by following this link

2021 Parent Leadership Awards (Virtual Event and Panel)

The Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) in partnership with T he Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC) invite you in honoring parent awardees at the 4th Annual Parent Leadership Awards on April 26th at 11:00AM--1:00PM. The parent awardees, along with PPAC (Parent Partner Advisory Committee) guests, will participate in a virtual panel to discuss their lived experiences as both parents and leaders in their communities. This event will include virtual group activities and an awards ceremony...

Race Equity within the Children’s Bureau Prevention Work

Join the Children’s Bureau on Tuesday April 27, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m., as they recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Meet the new Children’s Bureau Associate Commissioner Aysha Schomburg and hear her vision for the Children’s Bureau’s prevention agenda. This will include a dialogue with practitioners at the national, state, and local level about how we can concretely bring a race equity lens to our prevention work. For more information and to register, please follow this link.

HOPE Summit speakers show how positive childhood experiences offset adversity

The Rev. Darrell Armstrong, pastor of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey, is an accomplished man. He graduated from Stanford University in public policy and went on to get his master’s degree in divinity studies at Princeton. As a former director in the New Jersey Department of Human Services, he was responsible for New Jersey’s statewide strategy for preventing child abuse and neglect. Armstrong has also worked as an entrepreneur, workshop facilitator, and radio host.

Child Tax Credit - help spread the news to families with children

Spread the news to families in your community: even if they've never filed taxes, even if they have little or no income, they may be eligible for the 2021 Refundable Child Tax Credit. They have until May 17, 2021 to file with the IRS to receive this credit: $3600 for each child ages 0-6; $3000 for children 6-17.

How to Support Teens’ Mental Health During COVID and Beyond (

It’s been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed life as we knew it. Many families across the country have been living in “survival mode.” Tweens and teens continue to experience a range of emotions , including sadness, anger, and fear. If left unresolved, these feelings can take a toll on health and well-being. When it comes to teens’ emotional and mental health, they are experiencing a crisis, says Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez , a primary care pediatrician and assistant professor...

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