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"State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson has initiated the Team California for Healthy Kids (TCHK) to promote healthy eating and physical activity throughout the day, every day, in schools, before and after school agencies, early childhood programs, and communities. The campaign will focus on making healthy choices the easy choices.
Rigorous research confirms the clear connection between health, learning, and attendance:
Healthy children are: * more successful in school * miss fewer days of school * are more attentive and well-behaved, and * are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college.
Health disparities contribute to the achievement gap
Superintendent Torlakson has long been a champion for students’ health. He knows that healthy students not only excel academically, but also are more likely to be positively engaged in social, community and extra-curricular activities. The benefits of supporting student health are far reaching.
The goals for the first two years of the campaign are to: * Increase physical activity, especially moderate-to-vigorous physical activity throughout the day, every day, in schools and communities. * Increase access to water and fresh foods, particularly salad bars."
"Previously known as Santa Clara Family Health Foundation, Healthier Kids Foundation (HKF) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose focus is on raising funds to ensure access to and advocacy for health care services for all children through family-centered and innovative approaches. Through the Foundation, community leaders, community members, foundations, corporations, local businesses, friends, and other supporters can contribute funds to help achieve the goal of providing every child in Santa Clara County with access to quality health care through insurance."
"ARCC fosters healthy communities by increasing family cohesiveness, school success, and personal development through counseling, mentoring, and life skills education among high-risk youth in Santa Clara County"
"EMQ FamiliesFirst is one of the largest, most comprehensive mental health treatment programs in the country. The agency takes a state-of-the-art approach to children and youth with complex behavioral health challenges: we combine research-based services (including evidence-based therapies and psychiatric services) with a family-centered effort to identify and address the complex needs of the family. Our results for youth are on average 10 percentage points higher when compared to state or national averages on metrics such as living at home, staying in school and out of trouble."
"Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is the trusted leader dedicated to ending local hunger. Since its inception in 1974, Second Harvest has become one of the largest food banks in the nation, providing food to an average of nearly one quarter of a million people each month. The Food Bank mobilizes individuals, companies, and community partners to connect people to the nutritious food they need. Nearly half of the food distributed is fresh produce. Second Harvest also plays a leading role in promoting federal nutrition programs and educating families on how to make healthier food choices." http://www.shfb.org
"School-Linked Services (SLS) offers on-site school-based services to heal and strengthen individuals, families and systems by addressing needs and risks faced by children, youth and families. SLS coordinates services provided by schools, public agencies and community-based organizations throughout Santa Clara County to improve results, enhance accessibility, and to support children’s success in school and in life."
"Akoma" comes from the Akan language, the principal language of Ghana in West Africa. It means patience, endurance, consistency, and faithfulness and represented by a heart symbol. To say that one has his heart in his stomach is to say that one is very tolerant.The Adrinkra symbol for Akoma is the "Heart"
Akoma is a multi-ethnic group of musicians, singers, dancers and visual artists whose mission is to help bring together the various South Bay communities through performance. We take our audiences through several stages of the African and African American experience by utilizing African American and Praise songs and African American Folk Songs and Spirituals. Our message is positive, informative and promotes healing and unity"...
"BANPAC is a regional collaborative of over 200 health-related organizations dedicated to empowering communities to make system and environmental change to support better nutrition, physical activity and increased access to healthy foods."
"The May Campaign is the first public awareness effort spearheaded by the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health. During National Women's Health Week, The May Campaign is the first National public awareness effort spearheaded by the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health to increase awareness of maternal mental health complications.
During National Women's Health Week, Monday, May 4th to Sunday, May 10th, the NCMMH will work to mobilize stakeholders, organizations and advocates to increase the knowledge about and recognition of the serious and devastating emotional complications that many women experience during pregnancy and after the birth of a child through a social media and poster hanging campaign that we hope you will be part of."...
From The Respect Institute Website: "Our mission is to make respect the status quo. We give youth and their influencers the tools to redefine respect and build self-respect so they can break cycles of disrespect and thrive."
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Please join! Family and Community Day at San Jose State University is on October 24th.
This free conference is a great opportunity for families, parents, and students to learn about preparing, saving, and paying for college. It includes a College Fair with representatives from numerous colleges.
"SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. We envision a socially, politically and economically just society for all communities to enjoy for all generations."
Young people are immersed in technology in ways previous generations could not have imagined. Common Sense Media has compiled this list of resources for parents seeking advice and information about how to help their children explore smartly and stay safe.
"This academic success advocacy group provides Silicon Valley parents of elementary, middle and high school students with access to academic resources, technologies and enrichment programs that will advance your child to his or her highest potential. Our group provides parents support, a safe place for open discussions, college planning strategies and a community where quality connections are made for parents who want only the best for their child. Learn all about Common Core State Standards math and literacy requirements, Next Generation Science Standards, Computer Science initiatives and navigating the education system on behalf of your child. Our leadership team includes retired educators, teachers, school board members, education industry professionals, former PTA presidents, technologists, e-learning startups and most importantly parents who have successful students in college or college graduates."
"The Strength of Community. The Power of Education"
'The Bay Area Tutoring Association is a dynamic academic support and enrichment 501c(3) organization designed to complement our education system. It is comprised of a collective of educators, tutors, parents, students, community members, grass roots organizations and business leaders with a shared desire to invest in the future prosperity of the San Francisco Bay Area through the facilitation of student academic development, parent empowerment and quality extended learning programs.
Our core pillars are tutor training, educational programs and services, parent and student awareness. We strongly believe a trained, properly equipped and confident tutor can be a critical component to the life success of anyone, especially a child in need of academic support. We also believe parent and student awareness increase opportunity and equity for all. Every employee, contractor and volunteer affiliated with the Bay Area Tutoring Association is required to perform with integrity and adhere to ethical standards beyond reproach.
Our Social Commitment to Community
The Bay Area Tutoring Association is socially committed to the S.F. Bay Area community at large. We continually strive to develop an environment that nurtures life long learning and community support so individuals may achieve their greatest personal and professional aspirations, and lead happier, more meaningful lives."...
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"An interactive webinar for parents, youth, and those who support them about students’ rights in school discipline. Learn about the legal protections for students, including those with special needs, and how to advocate for yourself or your child. Find out more about strong alternatives to class and school removal that hold students accountable while also helping improve school success."
"Observing May as Mental Health Awareness Month offers advocates the opportunity to stress that mental health is as important as physical health to children’s quality of life, directly impacting their learning and development. President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation to spread the word of Mental Health Awareness Month and continue the national dialogue that his administration initiated in 2013, following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
More than simply the absence of mental illness, mental health also means possessing the skills needed to cope with life’s many challenges. As such, it directly impacts children’s learning and development. Struggling with a mental health problem, such as depression, or feeling overwhelmed by academic, social, or family pressures severely limits children’s ability to learn and grow. [i] Students, families, and communities thrive when schools meet the needs of the whole child—fostering social-emotional skills and identifying and preventing mental health problems early.
To kick off Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week on Capitol Hill, Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA), sponsored a legislative briefing titled The Importance of School-Based Mental Health Programs. Napolitano has reintroduced the bipartisan Mental Health in Schools Act (H.R. 1211) to increase support for school mental health services as part of ESEA. At the briefing, Kana Enomoto, Principal Deputy Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) declared that, “Schools have an obligation to create healthy environments for children, where protective factors such as social connectedness are supported, and risk factors such as community violence are mitigated.”
Inclusion Support Warm Line Free support, information and referrals for including children with special needs or disabilities in your community. Each Warm Line Specialist has over 5 years of experience working with parents and providers in special education and general education.
Child Care Connection Your child will need more specialized care, and it’s important to make sure the child care provider or educator you choose has the training and resources to give your child the care she needs. The right care can make a big difference in your child’s future. For help finding care, call Child Care Connection 408.487.0749 www.4c.org
Look for Support Both you and your child may need emotional support and/or advice for finding the right information and resources. The most encouraging help may come from other parents who have children with disabilities or special needs FIRST 5 partner agency, Parents Helping Parents (PHP) helps Santa Clara County children with special needs receive the resources, love, hope, respect, health care, education, and other services they need to reach their full potential by providing them with strong families, dedicated professionals, and responsive systems to serve them. For more information visit www.php.com.
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