Long Island April Newsletter

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April Newsletter

April is synonymous with Spring! A time to enjoy freshness, newness, and the promise of things to come. It is also a time to revamp our advocacy efforts and to acknowledge Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month’s newsletter introduces our newest staff member, Maureen Rossi (see below for her bio) and updates you on a variety of ways to participate in child advocacy. Join us!

In This Issue:
1.ECM-LI Updates
3.Advocacy and Events

ECM-LI Updates

ECM-LI continues to expand and adapt in response to the advocacy needs on Long Island. We are proud to announce that this includes the addition of a new team member, Maureen Rossi. Please see below to learn more about Maureen.

Welcome, Maureen Rossi! ECM-LI’s Newest Staff Member

“It is with the greatest of optimism and enthusiasm that I join the Every Child Matters Long Island team.  I look forward to moving forward with the critical initiatives and helping to make Every Child Matters a household name in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.  I am currently the President of Kings Park in the kNOw, a local non-profit working to eradicate illegal drugs in the Kings Park community and to shining a light on the heroin/opiate epidemic in Suffolk County.  KPITK also educates and empowers parents and students using seminars, a Film Festival, media and social media.  I have spent the last 22 years doing the whole suburban motherhood scene, you know PTA, Girl Scouts and coaching little league while working as a journalist and columnist for dozens of publications in New York City and Long Island.  My expertise includes:  education, social issues affecting children and food – yes for quite some time I got paid to eat! I look forward to working with all of you.” 

Are you Bilingual? Looking for a Part-Time Job with ECM-LI?

ECM-LI would like to hire a bilingual Community Outreach person. We recognize the diversity of Long Island’s population, and seek to reach all potential child advocates on Long Island in culturally sensitive and appealing ways. For more information, please email Shea Levin: slevin@everychildmatters.org

Contest: Design the New ECM-LI T-Shirt!

Contest Specifics: Design a cool t-shirt that promotes the message “Vote for Kids”
Eligibility: Children ages 4 to 21 (divided into two age groups)
Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card
Deadline: May 27th
Email: mrossi@everychildmatters.org
Snail Mail: 60 Calvert Ave, Commack, NY 11725
*All who enter a submission will receive one hour of community service credit
Good luck! We look forward to seeing what you create.

Inspiring ECM-LI  Community Service Opportunities

Link a Hand
Project Description: We would like to link together hands made out of construction paper to use as a powerful visual during a rally for Step Up For Kids Week at the Suffolk County Legislative Building. But we can’t do it alone!
How You Can Contribute: We will provide you with all of the materials, we just need you to do the linking. This is a great way to gather people together to discuss child advocacy while taking part in a fun and light-hearted activity.
Other Details: For each 25 hands that are linked, you or your child will be given 1 hour of community service credit.

Contact: Maureen Rossi: mrossi@everychildmatters.org for more information

Street Team
Project Description: Get out and get active! Take the message of child advocacy to the “streets” – meaning, this is an outlet for your creativity and passion regarding issues that affect children and families. Especially with the nice weather approaching, this is a great time to be out and about, and advocating for kids!

1)    Information Distribution:

We will provide you with informational material (posters, window clings) about children’s issues to distribute throughout your community. 
Your Part: Who knows your community better than you? This is an opportunity for you to change where you are.
Additional Information: For each location that you get to display these materials you will receive 30 minutes of community service.  
2)    ECM Smart Mob:
This is a group of individuals who, unknowingly to the public, break out in unison to perform a public presentation.
Example: We will be freezing in place at various locations throughout Long Island with Get Out  The Vote messages on our shirts. 
Additional Information: You will receive 30 minutes of community service for each performance.  



Report: 3rd Grade Reading Skills Predict High School Graduation (Pu
blic News Service
, April 15, 2011)
Kids struggling with reading in third grade are more likely to miss out on a high school diploma, according to a new study that followed thousands of students through their school years. Those not reading at grade level are four times more likely not to graduate – and for kids in poverty and minorities, the likelihood of failure is higher.
This is unacceptable on multiple levels. Please read this article to become better informed about this issue.

Child Abuse Prevention Month
(Public News Service, April 12, 2011)
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and those on the front lines fighting the problem in New York are concerned about children’s safety in light of recent budget cuts. Experts predicted the economic downturn would prompt an increase in child-abuse cases, and Cindy Scott, the executive director of the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect, says that is the case on Long Island. The number of child-abuse cases there jumped from almost 13,000 to nearly 17,000 in one year.
Click here to learn more.

Also, click here for additional information on Child Abuse Prevention Month.
And here for 30 Ways to Strengthen Families during this month.


Advocacy and Events

Advocacy in Action!
Check out our very own Shea Levin protesting in Albany.
“Protestors Hold Camp-in at the Capitol”
While the lawmakers have a long night ahead of them, so do some protesters spending the night at the Capitol.

2nd Annual: Mile for Mothers “Walk a Mile in Mom’s Shoes” – Supporting Moms in Every Walk of Life

Join the National Association of Mothers’ Centers and Stand up to highlight the important work of raising children and participating in a global effort to support families every day.
Date: Saturday, April 30th
Time: 9:30am-Noon
Location: Boardwalk at Riverside Blvd, Long Beach
Registration information

Parenting and Family Webinar Series 2011

Presented by: The National Association of Mothers’ Centers

May Webinar: “Oh! How They Grow! An Adventure in Early Childhood Development”
Presenter: Andie Zuckerman, Variety Child Learning Center
Webinar Highlights:
-Developmental Milestones
-Typical vs. Atypical Development
-Universal Red Flags
-How to Address Your Concerns
Date: May 12, 2011
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm (Eastern)
Cost: Free for Members (non-members: $20)
Registration information

June Webinar: “Kids DO Come with an Instruction Book: How to ‘Read’ Your Baby”
While each child is unique in their behaviors, parents can master some skills to decipher their child. The good news is that baby’s are willing to help us. Through their cries of discomfort and pain, their giggles of satisfaction and pleasure, babies provide the instant feedback that teaches parents how take care of them. This presentation will identify how babies tell us who they are.   
Presenter: Sandra Wolkoff
Date: June 9, 2011
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Registration Information

Support the Nonpartisan Organization: No Labels: Not Left. Not Right. Forward.
We cannot afford to come to the table wearing partisan blinders and carrying a slew of preconditions. Our elected officials should be finding ways to work together, not approaching the bargaining table with one-arm tied behind their backs.
This failure to compromise is threatening our country’s future.
That’s why we’re asking you to show your support for our leaders who are working in a bipartisan manner to address the deficit in an open and honest manner.

Click here for more information about this organization and their advocacy efforts.

Job Announcement:
Part-Time Controller, Long Island Coalition for the Homeless, Garden City office

This position is responsible for accounting, budgets, asset management, planning and supervision of bookkeeping staff.  Other responsibilities include the daily management of accounting operations, hands-on generation and delivery of financial statements, budget and audit preparation, as well as budget/fiscal analysis and planning.  This position is expected to maintain close working relationships with funding sources and develop a strong understanding of their regulations in order to ensure contract compliance.
Email inquiries to: gguarton@nsch.org (no calls or faxes, please)

Enjoy the Spring! We look forward to seeing you out and advocating.


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