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April 2021

Toxic Stress

How Much Do You Know About Toxic Stress? What Is Stress? People normally experience stress. Usually they tolerate it, have the coping skills to endure it, and adapt. Usually, no damage results from normal, short-term stress when people have support and coping skills, and some stress can be a good thing. According to researchers and the University of California, Berkeley, the body’s stress response sometimes pushes us to be more alert, perform our best physically and mentally, and adapt...

What Do PACEs Have to Do With DV? Everything. [domesticshelters.org]

By DomesticShelters.org, April 2021 About the Event Integrate the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences (PACEs) in everything. This webinar will address how the science of PACEs is being integrated into the family court system, domestic violence shelters, batterer intervention courses and community PACEs initiatives. Contact 469-619-0538 info@domesticshelters.org Website (register here) https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/6716179064744/WN_hNlk-R5sTnOn9mqwklBcAg [ Please...

Does It Hurt Children to Measure Pandemic Learning Loss [nytimes.com]

By Dana Goldstein, The New York Times, April 8, 2021 Over the past year, Deprece Bonilla, a mother of five in Oakland, Calif., has gotten creative about helping her children thrive in a world largely mediated by screens. She signed them up for online phonics tutoring and virtual martial arts lessons. If they are distracted inside the family’s duplex, she grabs snacks and goes with the children into the car, saying they cannot come out until their homework is done. She has sometimes spent...

How Inequities Fueled the COVID-19 Pandemic – And What We Can Do About It [ucsf.edu]

By Brandon R. Reynolds, University of California San Francisco, March 22, 2021 COVID-19 has exposed many vulnerabilities in our society – fueling the spread of the virus and leaving questions about what comes next as the world emerges from the pandemic. A panel of health experts and government officials addressed the myriad issues related to COVID-19, including health disparities before and during the pandemic, public partnerships, and how communities can better address inequities to prevent...

First 5 Humboldt is Meeting Parents Where They Are

The ways that First 5 Humboldt is meeting the needs of families are shifting, just like many services throughout our community. Click the link below to read an article written through the Lost Coast Outpost highlighting some of these programs, Pandemic Parenting: First 5 Humboldt Helps Families Address Stress and Regression In Children Through Online Parent Groups . "“I think parents in our community have been affected [by the pandemic] in a big way,” Allen told the Outpost . “A lot of...

California moving to pioneer free meals for all students [edsource.org]

By Ali Tadayon, EdSource, April 8, 2021 As students gradually return to classrooms, advocates and lawmakers say it’s more important than ever to provide free meals in schools without burdensome eligibility requirements, just as California has done during the pandemic. The “Free School Meals For All” bill, SB 364 , introduced last month by East Bay Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would establish a statewide Universal Meal Plan starting in the 2022-2023 school year. It would guarantee free...

Día Mundial de la Salud 2021: Una pugna por la igualdad [forbes.com.mx]

Por Forbes Staff, Forbes Mexico, Abril 7, 2021 Nunca como en los tiempos que estamos atravesando se han hecho más palpables las desigualdades sociales que existen en el mundo. Por esta razón, el Día Mundial de la Salud tiene como tema para este año: “ construir un mundo más justo y saludable ”. Desde hace más de 70 años, cada 7 de abril se conmemora esta fecha para recordar el derecho a la salud que tiene todo ser humano. La costumbre es que cada año el tema sea distinto. En 2021 la...

Let's keep pandemic-inspired innovations that benefit low-income college students [edsource.org]

By Shonda L. Goward, EdSource, March 29, 2021 California colleges and universities should permanently adopt policies that were put in place to better support students during the pandemic. These practices can help students graduate more quickly, lessening debt loads and making students eligible more quickly for higher paying work. Some of the biggest differences these pandemic-inspired changes made for students were immediate: They did not have to commute to campus or search endlessly for...

Cesar Chavez Did Not Want This Work to Be Cruel [nytimes.com]

By Miriam Pawel, The New York Times, March 31, 2021 More than three decades ago, Cesar Chavez, founder of the first successful union for farmworkers, predicted a future in which the cities of California would be run by people who looked like him. “History and inevitability are on our side,” he said in one of his best-known speeches, an address to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. “The farmworkers and their children, and the Hispanics and their children, are the future in California.”...

Amid pandemic, infants especially need quality child care, reformers say [edsource.org]

By Karen D'Souza, EdSource, April 6, 2021 Children are born ready to learn. In the first year of life, the brain doubles, with about 90% of brain growth happening before kindergarten. However, only 1 in 3 eligible children under 5 years old take part in California’s publicly funded early learning and care programs. To make matters worse this year, 3 out of 4 California parents with children under 5 are worried their education and development will suffer because of the pandemic, according to...

California child advocates review bills in the pipeline, strategies for educating lawmakers

California will receive $26 billion through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the federal legislation recently signed into law by President Joseph Biden to help state and local economies recover from the pandemic. Media outlets have reported that the money will help fund everything from a stronger COVID-19 response to small businesses, housing, anti-poverty programs, and education, but little has been written about the other ways the act will benefit children. The law’s impact on...

PACEs Connection Reacts: HOPE Summit | A Better Normal Tuesday, April 13th, 2021, 12pm PT

Join us for our first episode in a new series called "PACEs Connection Reacts" where we will be viewing the world through a PACEs science and trauma-informed lens. For this PACEs Connection Reacts, join Ingrid Cockhren, Director of the Cooperative of Communities, Natalie Audage, Family and Community Resources Lead, and Alison Cebulla, Community Facilitator at PACEs Connection. We will be debriefing and sharing our reactions and reflections to the 1st Annual HOPE Summit hosted by Tufts...

Youth activists score victory as L.A. to fund $1.1-million city youth department [latimes.com]

By Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2021 After waging a campaign for more than seven years, young activists celebrated a victory on Thursday when Los Angeles officials announced they would set aside $1.1 million for the creation of a centralized resource center for youth. On the City Hall steps, Council Member Monica Rodriguez, who has been pushing for the formation of a youth-centric department since 2018, and Mayor Eric Garcetti told dozens of young activists the funding would be...

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