Long Island June Newsletter

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Dear Advocate,

We at ECM-LI have much to be grateful for as we approach the official start of summer! First, we have the opportunity to recognize the incredible contribution of fathers this weekend. In light of this, and in the spirit of bringing families together, we focus this issue of the newsletter on safe and positive summer activities for the family. In addition, we are grateful to host the first ECM-LI “Street Team” meeting this Saturday (6/18). With this group, we seek to create a welcoming atmosphere where you can get involved and take action on what matters to you most (see details below). Finally, we have good news to share with you about one particular example of advocacy success. Happy summer!

In This Issue:
1.ECM-LI Updates
2.Advocacy in Action
3.Local Summer Activity Suggestions

1.ECM-LI Updates

ECM-LI Street Team: Advocacy in Action
The First Street Team (Volunteer) Meeting is THIS Saturday (June 18th)

What to Expect: At this meeting we will cover opportunities we have for youth, families, adults and organizational collaboration. Spend your Summer doing something that will make Every Child Matter.  We welcome your suggestions and look forward to building and strengthening our community of local advocates around early childhood issues. 

Date: June 18th
Location: ECM-LI Office – 60 Calvert Ave, Commack, NY 11725
Other Important Details: Lunch will be provided for all
RSVP Info:
Via Phone: 631.462.0303 x161
Via Email – slevin@everychildmatters.org

ECM-LI T-Shirt Submissions: There is still time!
Design: A cool T-Shirt that promotes the message “Vote for Kids”
Eligibility: The contest is open to children from ages 4 to 21, and will be divided into two age groups. All entries will receive 1 hour of community service credit. One entry per child.
Deadline: June 20th, 2011 by snail mail, drop off, or email.

Winners will receive a $50 Visa gift card.

Make a Difference!

ECM-LI Patch…Calling All Scouts!!

Every Child Matters truly believes that youth who offer their time and services should be recognized; that’s why we’ve created the  ECM-LI Patch!

“I’m Voting For kids” Bumper Stickers – Join the Campaign!

It’s always a great time to show your support for kids on the Island. And even if you lease your car, you can tape the bumper sticker to the inside of your back windshield, so there are options for everyone!

Click on the links below to request specific versions of the sticker:
I’m Voting for Kids
I’m Voting for Grandkids
Estoy Votando para Niños

Parents’ Convention on October 15th for Step Up for Kids Day 2011

This is a follow-up event to our successful “Kids Convention” that was held in 2010. Be on the lookout for a sign up which will be circulated soon.
This family-friendly, fun and informative “Get Out The Vote” event will be held at Stimson Middle School in South Huntington.
Details to come so stay tuned!

ECM-LI Calendar of Events

For more information, always remember, you can check out our online calendar to get a quick glance of what is going on in the area.

Kids & Teens Take Action Newsletter

You can always view or print this newsletter for your kids or the youngsters that you empower.
We have information on how your child can write a letter to his or her legislative representatives letting them know how the decisions they make affect a child’s life.

2.Advocacy in Action

ECM-LI “Street Team” Meeting

As mentioned in the previous section, what better way to get into action than by attending the very first ECM-LI Street Team meeting?!
Again, here are the details. We look forward to seeing you!

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
Date: June 18th
Location: ECM-LI Office – 60 Calvert Ave, Commack, NY 11725
Other Important Details: Lunch will be provided for all
RSVP Info:
Via Phone: 631.462.0303 x161
Via Email – slevin@everychildmatters.org

You’re Invited! To the LINCK Press Conference
Advocate and Get Informed about Outdoor Summer Fun
The Long Island Nature Collaborative for Kids (LINCK) proudly launches “Pick-a-Park” at a Press Conference to be held at the end of June.
Pick-a-Park is a comprehensive online inventory of nearly 700 parks within Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

-This is the most detailed, searchable online listing of Long Island’s state, county, town and village parks
-It features detailed descriptions and photographs
-The database is searchable by zip code and by specific family-friendly facilities, including accessible paths, concessions, playgrounds and restrooms

Official Launch at the Press Conference
Be present for the official launch of Pick-a-Park!
Date: Thursday, June 30th
Time: 10:00am
Location: Bethpage State Park (adjacent to Carlyle on the Green)

Good News, ECM-LI Advocates!

A few weeks ago we encouraged you to contact your political representatives about a bill in Congress, and you came through in a big way!!
The Outcome: The Senate rejected the House and Toomey proposals that would hurt lo
w- and moderate-income people, cost millions of jobs, threaten our fragile economic recovery, leave millions without vital medical coverage, and close off opportunities for our children to share in future economic growth.

Thank you!

3.Local Summer Activity Suggestions

Hey parents! Here’s something you can do to help with your child’s brain development:

What’s Going on with Your Baby or Toddler
Language and Communication:
Babies express their needs and feelings through sounds and cries, body movements, and facial expressions.
Your baby will begin using words sometime around one year.
By the time s/he is three, s/he will be speaking in short (3-5 word) sentences.

What You Can Do:
-Watch and listen to see how your baby communicates what s/he is thinking and feeling.
-Repeat the sounds and words your child uses and have back-and-forth conversations.
-Read, sing, and tell stories. These are fun ways to help your child understand the meaning of new words and ideas.
-Talk about what you do together – as you play, do errands, or visit friends and family.

Remember, the Early Years Matter!!

For more information, click here.

This information is provided from the Zero to Three Organization

Local LI Events

Sandcastle Contest

Sand sculptors may use sand, water, and any other natural materials native to the beach. Prizes awarded in several categories

Thursdays throughout June.
Time: 9:30 – 11:30am (Judging takes place at 11:30)
Place: Hither Hills State Park – 50 South Fairview Ave, Montauk NY 11954
Fee: FREE!
Ages: All ages.
Contact: 631-668-2554
Registration: Registration 9:30am-10:30am

Long Island Children’s Museum

Check out the variety of events that occur daily at the museum. This is a wonderful way to keep your child engaged in learning and exploring this summer:
-Story and Art
-Percussion Pets
-Music and Movement
-Messy Afternoons
-And More!

Visit the museum’s website for more details.

Midsummer Nights at Old Westbury Gardens

: June 24-26, 2011
Time: Call for times
Place: Old Westbury Gardens- 71 Old Westbury Road , Old Westbury, NY 11568
Fee: $15pp, FREE children under 17 w/adult-
Ages: All ages
Contact: For more info call 516-333-0048 or visit www.oldwestburygardens.org

How to Stay Safe this Summer

Let the Kidgits show you how to stay safe during your favorite summer activities.
Kidgits events are held each month in Simon malls, and include free items for kids (such as small toys and coloring books) from local and national vendors, crafts, raffles and activities.

Date: June 25th, 2011
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Place: The Source Mall, Lower Level Center Court- 1504 Old Country Rd. Westbury NY, 11590
Fee:  Members FREE- Not a member, not a problem. Become a Member for only $5/child and enjoy Kidgits monthly events FREE all year long!
Ages: All kids welcome
Contact: For more info call 516-228-2110

Other Summer Ideas/Suggestions
Finally, for general (and edible!) ideas, click here for 60 Summer Activities for kids from Martha Stewart.

Happy Father’s Day!