Long Island March Newsletter
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This month we are pleased to announce and highlight the expansion of our website. Please see below for more detailed information of what you can expect from our online presence. Our hope is that this encourages you to stay connected with us and with each other in as many ways as possible. Visit us often, and also know that we are always open to suggestions of how we can better meet your needs through our online work. We look forward to hearing from you.
The expanded version of the ECM-LI website is designed with advocacy in mind. We want to make it as user-friendly and appealing as possible so you visit our site and become inspired to advocate for kids and families.
Here are some features we would like to share with you. We hope to see you online soon!
The Youth Corner – Written for Kids, Encouraging them to Advocate for Themselves
Since we are advocating for kids, we want kids to be a focus of our online presence. Not only that, we want to dedicate a section of our site that , empowering them in different ways so they for themselves and for issues that matter to them.
To accomplish this, we have an entire section dedicated to how kids can advocate, including their own “Kids & Youth Take Action”, which is published monthly and can be printed out for your youth.
This section also contains monthly national awareness’s, healthy recipes, events and programs for kids.
Click here to visit the Youth Corner, and please spread this link to and children or youth you may know.
Stay in the Know (and armed with facts, figures and news about kids and advocacy)
Click here for reports specific to Long Island and the United States describing the current state of our children.
Click here for specific statistics on children.
Click here for advocacy-relevant news articles.
Knowledge and Learning Converted into Action
Visit this section of the website for direct ideas and suggestions about ways to take action now. Why wait? Once you are armed with the facts, you can then jump to action.
We also have current petitions and letters if you feel inspired to sign on.
Who Are Our Elected Officials and When Can I Vote Next?
Visit this section of the website to learn about how our representatives view issues that affect children and families.
More specifically, you can find out who your representative is, along with their district and website. In addition, we have sent surveys to elected officials. Check this part of the site to see who has filled it out and where they stand on kids’ issues.
We always encourage you to vote with children in mind and we want you to go to the polls informed.
Local Organizations & Links
Click here to view a list of resources available to you in New York and on Long Island, providing support services for several different issues including child abuse and neglect, incarcerated parents and their children, early childhood education, child care, after-school programs, and child poverty.
Also, check here for Grant and Scholarship opportunities.
Community Events and Trainings
Find out about what is going on locally in your community and connect with others. In particular, visit this section to learn about Local Family Events, Trainings/Workshops, Programs for Kids and Contests.
Grant Opportunity for Youth-Focused Technology Programs
The ESA Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit
organizations that provide programs and services
and/or computer and video games (ages 7 to 18). Funding must be sought for a specific project or
program that is or will be implemented or available nationwide or in a
minimum of two states in the United States.
Application Deadline: May 15th
Click here for more information.
On Cuomo’s Budget Cutting Block: A Program that returns $5.70 for each $1 Invested!?
Cuomo budget cuts are suggested for the Nurse-Family Partnership, a program that the RAND Corporation finds returns $5.70 for each $1 invested in the program.
If it makes it through the legislature, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s budget plan could for one of New York’s best-proven methods of —while also making the state ineligible for millions of federal dollars through the health care reform act.
Click here to learn more and to see what you can do about this.
FYI: U.S. Senator Bob Casey D-PA introduced a bill on 3/3/11 to help states invest in early learning.
Click here for the full article.
Advocacy & Events
Keep in mind that the following and more can always be found on our website. Bookmark us and visit us often!
Early Care and Education Day in Albany
Join the Child Care Council of Nassau and Suffolk on by taking a bus trip to Albany to advocate about quality and affordable childcare.
They are chartering a bus from Long Island to Albany, and the bus trip is
For more info, call: Child Care Council of Nassau, Inc. 516.358.9250 or Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc. 631.462.0303.
If you can’t make it click here for ways to get your youth to advocate locally.
Rally for Public Education!
All are invited to show your support for public education in New York
The NYSUT, Alliance for Quality Education and the Long Island Progressive Coalition invite you to join them in this event.
Date: March 24
Location: Hofstra University, Physical Fitness/Swim Center
900 Fulton Ave, Hempstead
Prepare Long Island’s K-12 Students for a Future Role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
The Advancing Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through
Collaboration and Community Summit will explore innovative ways to strengthen the capacity of Long
Island’s educational system, and energize and support community revitalization, economic development, and workforce collaboration efforts.
Date: March 31
Location: Farmingdale State College – Roosevelt Hall
Click here for a full program description and to register.
Did you enjoy the “Why Try” event from the Kids Convention? Want more??
Attend an In-Depth 2-Day Facilitator Training
WhyTry began in January, 1996, when a professor asked Christian Moore how he had gotten so far in his education with his severe learning differences. As Christian thought about how he had made it from special education to a large university, he wrote the words “Why Try?” on the top of a piece of paper. In order to succeed, he needed to be able answer that question. Below the question he wrote 15 principles that he used to overcome his challenges. The WhyTry Program is now in use in over 10,000 schools, 500 school districts in 48 states, Canada, and Australia. It has been demonstrated to reduce truancy, improve academic success, and increase graduation rates.
Highlights from this training include: Experiential Activities, Intrapersonal Relationships, Music Applications, Implementation Strategies and much more!
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm (both days)
Host: Nassau County Youth Board
Training Location: 71 Clinton Rd.
Garden City, NY 11530
Cost: $300 (just training)
$599 (training + curriculum)
To register, visit the Why Try website
2011 Long Island Housing & Rental Expo
Join Action Long Island and Long Island Apartment & Rental Finder to learn more about:
-Finding housing in your community
-Rental Market: How to find and qualify
-The Nuts and Bolts of Buying a Home
-Down Payment Assistance: Grants and More
Date: Saturday, April 9th
Location: Islandia Marriott
To register or for more information,click here.
Fun & Easy Way to Raise Awareness about Nutritional Inadequacy
Feeding America has partnered with the GotMilk? Campaign for the “Pour One More” program. Using Facebook, you can pass a virtual glass of milk to your friends. For every glass passed, $1 will go to Feeding America (up to $150,000).
to learn more about the campaign and to pass your first glass of virtual milk!
Parent-Child Home Program Annual Conference
The Parent-Child Home Program is an intensive school readiness program, working with young families twice-a-week for two years.
-Appropriate discipline for young children
-How language is learned
Keynote Speaker: Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of the Families and Work Institute will present “Mind in the Making: Engaging Families in Promoting the Seven Essential Skills Every Child Needs”
Also, Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D., the Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and a Professor of Psychology, will present “Playing as a Way to Set the Stage for Healthy Child Development”
Date: May 23-24th
Location: Long Island Marriott, Uniondale
Click here to learn more and to register.
Thank you for all of the advocacy work that you do on behalf of children, and we look forward to connecting with you more through our website!