Long Island February Newsletter

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Spring is in the air! We have a lot of exciting information to share with you in this month’s newsletter. Read on to find out about opportunities to lobby for kids in Albany, anti-bullying events, grant opportunities, and much more! With budgets being decided, this is an important time of year. Be involved in any way you are able to let elected officials know how you feel about kids and families. See the “Advocacy in Action” section for specific suggestions of how to be more engaged.


In this Issue:
1)    ECM-LI: Local Updates
2)    Resources
3)    Events
4)    Advocacy in Action

ECM-LI: Local Updates

We are always looking for new voices and anyone committed to making children and families a national priority. Become an ECM Advocate or Committee Member by visiting our website.

Kids Take Action!
If you enjoy reading this version of the newsletter, Click here to read the ECM-LI “Kids Take Action” Newsletter.
The February issue includes information about:
-Long Island Early Care and Education Day in Albany
-Black History Month
-February Awareness: American Hearth Month, National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month, National Children’s Dental Health Month
-Healthy Snack Recipes
Print it out or share the link!

Also visit our website to read about additional grant opportunities, events, and monthly awareness campaigns

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Resources

Financial Aid U – Demystify the Process of Paying for College
Visit the Health and Welfare Council’s website to learn more about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and other valuable facts about the process of affording a college education.

Take the Stigma away from Food Stamps with the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program
This program provides free and confidential pre-screening for food stamps and can assist you through the process. You don’t have to go to a welfare building, and they also have a WIC plan for 5 and 6 year olds.
For more information, contact Catholic Charities, Diocese of Rockville Centre: 631.789.9546
Spread the word about this program, create fliers, let people know. Most importantly, don’t allow shame or stigma to prevent people from accessing needed resources.

Human Services Fair
Nassau Community College hosts this event, which will provide opportunities for the following:
-Advertise your agency
-Locate student interns
-Find future employees
-Meet the faculty
-Interview volunteers
Date: 3/3
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Nassau Community College – Multipurpose Room, CCB Building
For additional information, or to reserve a table at the fair, contact Mavis Loschin: 516.572.7452

Develop Your Child’s Self-Esteem
Click on this link to learn more about:
-Specific ways to nurture your child’s self-esteem (through tone of voice, body language and expressions)
-Recognizing and modifying negative thoughts
-Encouraging your child to make positive contributions through volunteering, think positively by exercising and adjusting unrealistic expectations

Want More Money Back on Your Tax Refund?
Get Tax Credits Working for You

Click on this link to learn more about the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, Property Tax Circuit Breaker.
To learn more about NYS, click here.

Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan talks about the importance of early childhood education in this video

Federal Grant: Drug Free Communities Coalitions ($9.35 million available)
Click here to learn more and to apply
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The twin goals of the grants are to strengthen local anti-drug collaborations and reduce substance abuse among youth, and indirectly among adults.
Grantees can receive up to $125,000/yr for up to 5 years. Up to 75 grants will be awarded.
Deadline: 3/18

Grant: Sodexo Youth Grant, with Youth Service America (YSA)
YSA will award 100 Sodexo Youth Grants of $500 each to support youth-led service projects that address the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day (April 15-17, 2011.) We’re looking for projects that engage your peers, friends, families, neighbors, Sodexo employees, and other community members in creative, youth-inspired solutions to ending childhood hunger in your community.
Deadline: 2/25
Click here for more information.

Do you use Constant Contact?
You Can Nominate a Nonprofit for a Free Online Marketing Account

Constant Contact Cares for Kids is a program that allows any Constant Contact user to nominate a nonprofit organization that works with kids to receive a free online marketing account with Constant Contact.
Click here for more information.

“Will Budget Cuts Put Early Learning at Risk” Click here to read this 1/26 Albany Times Union piece on the topic.

“Child Abuse Prevention Possible Victim of Budget Cut” Click here to read this 2/2 Public News Service article.

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Events

Prevent Youth Violence and Gangs
The Safe and Supportive Schools and Communities Consortium presents a day-long conference entitled: “Focusing on the Whole Child…Preventing Youth Violence and Gangs”
Date: 2/17
Time: 8:30am-2:30pm
Location: Hofstra University
For more information, please contact Barbara Calvo-Moran at 516.463.5750

Anti-Bullying Webinar
The National Stakeholders Collaborative (NSC) presents: “Strategies for Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Anti-Bullying Policies at the State Level”
Participants will be able to:
-Present a rationale for addressing bullying at the state level
-Access online resources regarding model policy language
-Identify strategies for creating and advocating for inclusive anti-bullying policies
Date: 2/23
Time: 2:00-3:30pm
To learn more, click here
To register, click here

Donate Blood
Throughout the month of February, there are blood drives across Long Island for the New York Blood Center. Locations include Babylon (2/20), Central Islip (2/20), Nesconsett (2/22), Glen Cove (2/22), Huntington (2/26).
For more information about any of these events, please visit the following website
There is immediate need for O Negative, O Positive and A Positive

Attention Parents of 3 to 5 Year Olds
Adelphi University’s Institute for Parenting has an 8-week “Raising a Thinking Child” program that addresses the following issues:
-Temper Tantrums
-Impatience
-Interrupting
-Not Listening
-Difficulty Making Friends
-And more!
Please visit the Institute for Parenting website or call: 516.877.3016 for more information about pre-program interviews, start dates and more.
Cost: $135

Do You Work with Victims of Domestic Violence?
Take advantage of the FREE Economics against Abuse Training.
This is a train-the-trainer program to deliver financial empowerment training to your clients.
Sessions are conducted by the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Cost: FREE
Dates: 3/8 and 3/9 (same program for each date)
Tuesday, March 8th – Hauppauge
Wednesday, March 9th – Garden City
To register or to get more information, please contact:
Diane Wunderlich at 516.877.4415 or dwunderlich@adelphi.edu

Internet Safety and Bullying Prevention Conference
The Long Island Youth Safety Coalition hosts this event with at least 15 workshops by members of local and state law enforcement, education, and community and private organizations.
Date: 3/29
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Location: Hofstra University, Uniondale, NY
Cost: $30 per person (includes registration, continental breakfast and catered lunch)
To register or to get more information, please contact:
Rene Fiechter at 516.571.1090 or rene.fiechter@nassauda.org

New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference
Registration is now open. Register and pay by March 4th and receive the discounted rate.
The conference seeks to expand participants’ skills and practice to strengthen families, promote optimal child development, and improve outcomes for children and families.
Plenary sessions include: Deborah Daro, Jodi Pfarr, and Milton Creagh
Also included, over 40 training and skills-building workshops
Date: 4/11-4-13
Location: Marriott Hotel, Albany
Click here for more information.

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Advocacy in Action

Long Island Rally for Our Schools
Join the Long Island Progressive Coalition and the Alliance for Quality Education to stop the cuts to education! Let Governor Cuomo know where you stand on budget cuts.
Date: 2/17
Time: 6-7:00pm
Location: Sachem East High School, 177 Granny Rd, Farmingville
For more information, call Melanie: 516.541.1006 x20

Long Island Progressive Coalition (LIPC): Statewide Lobby Day
LIPC will have busses leaving from Long Island to take you directly to Albany.
Date: 3/9
Contact Melanie at 516.541.1006 x20 to reserve your seat on the bus.

Long Island Early Care and Education Day in Albany
Join the Child Care Councils of Nassau and Suffolk for a fun-filled and informative bus trip to Albany (coffee and bagels will be served on the ride). You will meet with state legislators or their representatives and let them know how important these issues are to you.
Date: 3/23
Cost: FREE
For more information, call the Child Care Council of Nassau: 516.358.9250 or the Child Care Council of Suffolk: 631.462.0303

Screen-Free Week is April 18-24th
Be part of a national campaign to reduce the time children and adults spend with TV, computers, video games, and hand-held devices.
Click here to link up to The Early Years Institute’s webpage about the event. This includes pledge forms, posters, fact sheets, and Screen-Free Alternatives.

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