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- Proposed Child Care & Development Fund State Plan
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is pleased to inform you that the Proposed Child Care and Development Fund State Plan (CCDF State Plan) for Federal Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 is available online for review. TWC is accepting comments on the Proposed 2014 and 2015 CCDF State Plan (45 C.F.R. Part 98), to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by July 1, 2013.
- INVEST IN TEXAS KIDS. IT MATTERS.
New research by the Center for Public Policy Priorities shows that over the last 20 years when Texas prioritized children and invested in their futures, their overall well-being improved. And on the other side, when Texas reduced investments in our kids, their outcomes were worse. As our lawmakers continue debating our budget and where to invest state dollars, this research emphasizes that basic needs like education and health care should not be pitted against one another. Check out the new Texas KIDS COUNT report called "Invest in Texas Kids. It Matters."
- Timothy Bartik: The Economic Case for Pre-School
In this well-argued talk, Timothy Bartik makes the macro-economic case for preschool education -- and explains why you should be happy to invest in it, even if you don't have kids that age (or kids at all). The economic benefits of well-educated kids, it turns out, go well beyond the altruistic. (Filmed atTEDxMiamiUniversity.) The author of Investing in Kids, Timothy Bartik studies state and local economies -- and analyzes the benefits of preschool as an economic development program. WATCH NOW!
- Texas Home Visiting Program = enhanced CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION
The Senate Bill (SB 1836) which will provide a vehicle to fund the Texas Home Visiting Program has been placed on the Intent Calendar, which means the bill is eligible to be debated and voted on by the full Senate tomorrow. We need you to call or email your Senator today to give your support for this important bill. SB 1836 (Deuell)
Authorizes permissive language to allow for optional contributions on copies of birth certificates, marriage licenses and divorce decrees and initial application of marriage licenses to go towards the Texas Home Visiting Program which enhances child abuse prevention.
- WHAT IF...We Had a Texas Solution for Medicaid?
With a Texas solution to Medicaid the state could generate an extra $1.2 billion in state revenues that could be used for our schools and highways. The expanded care would save as many as 9,000 lives a year. Further, the state would gain $100 billion in federal funds over 10 years for a state cost of $15 billion, returning billions to Texas taxpayers' pockets. WATCH NOW!
- Systems of Care for Children with Serious Mental Health Concerns
A bill to continue state efforts to promote the use of a system of care approach in serving children and youth with serious mental health concerns and their families needs to be voted out of committee. How You Can Help:
Contact these members of the House Public Health Committee. Urge them to vote favorably on the "System of Care" bill - SB 421 or its companion HB 3684 .
Chairwoman Lois Kolkhorst - 512-463-0600; email@example.com
Rep. Susan King - 512-463-0718; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Jodie Laubenberg - 512-463-0186; email@example.com
Rep. J.D. Sheffield - 512- 463-0628; firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Bill Zedler - 512-463-0374; email@example.com
- Read the Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines
The new, voluntary Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines help parents and early childhood professionals know what young children should know and be able to do at different developmental stages. Developed by the Texas Early Learning Council with the help of a diverse group of stakeholders from across Texas, the Guidelines incorporate the latest research on child development. The Guidelines were written to be useful for multiple audiences, especially early childhood professionals, parents, and policymakers. To reach as many Texans as possible, the Guidelines will be available in Spanish soon! Download the Core Competencies
- APRIL 26: National Institute for Permanent Family Connections
This week, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee conducted a hearing to learn of cutting-edge practices resulting from the advent of the Fostering Connections to Success Act, while soliciting ideas for policy, practice and legislative improvements. This hearing is one of the steps the Finance Committee is taking to consider reauthorizing and approving the Adoption Incentives Program and Fostering Connections grants. More information.
- 2nd Annual Child Advocacy Award Luncheon to honor Mr. Kevin Moriarty and Mr. Ralph Bender, posthumously
SAN ANTONIO, TX. – Voices for Children of San Antonio is pleased to honor this year's Child Advocacy Award to Mr. Kevin Moriarty and Mr. Ralph Bender for their gracious efforts in improving the quality of life for San Antonio & Bexar County children. Their work and their passion is paramount. Please come and support the prestigous honoring of two community champions of children on Wednesday, May 1 at 11:30am - 1:00pm at The Bright Shawl (819 Augusta St., 78215). RSVP here | Invitation & Sponsorship Form
- April 29, 2013 - "A Fighting Chance for Texas Families"
documentary and panel discussion
SAN ANTONIO, TX. –On Monday, April 29, CPPP, Voices for Children, Haven for Hope and the Oblate School of Theology host a two hour event discussing the importance of why our Texas legislators need to hear your voice. Funded by Methodist Healthcare Ministries and produced by the Center for Public Policy Priorities, this 30 minute documentary shares real life stories from local SouthTexans experiencing the gaps within Texas' healthcare and economic situation. A panel discussion will follow immediately from the viewing and a resource event will be available throughout the center for those expierencing similar hardships. The event will take place from 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Whitley Center on the Oblate School of Theology campus (285 Oblate Dr., 78216). This is a FREE-OPEN-to-the-PUBLIC event. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Program | Live Stream | A Fighting Chance for Texas Families Documentary
- 30 Ways We Can All Promote a Safer Well-Being for Children
· Tip sheets for parents and caregivers (14 different one-page handouts you might like to distribute)
· 3 different April calendars for Child Abuse Prevention month:
ü 30 ways for parents to promote child well-being
ü 30 ways for programs to promote child well-being
ü 30 ways for community partners to promote child well-being
- April 1, 2013 "April Pools Day" - A SAFE Start to Summer Fun!
SAN ANTONIO, TX. – April Pools Day provides a great opportunity for San Antonio hospitals and community organizations to work togeterh to icnrease public awareness of drowning prevention. The WATCH Coalition (Water Awareness Through Community Help) is partnering with local agencies to promote drowning awareness beginning Monday, April 1, 2013, 10:00 - 11:00am at the Thousand Oaks Family YMCA (2263 Thousand Oaks, 78232). Read more...