"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."
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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"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."
"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."
"At NCPIE, our mission is simple: to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children's education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation's young people.
How We Make a Difference
Our coalition seeks to:
Serve as a visible representative for strong parent and family involvement initiatives at the national level.
Conduct activities that involve the coalition's member organizations and their affiliates and constituencies in efforts to increase family involvement.
Provide resources and legislative information that can help member organizations promote parent and family involvement."...
"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."
"The Coordinated School Health (CSH) Program provides technical support to schools and district in the areas of student health and safety, including: California Healthy Kids Survey, Oral Health Assessment Reporting, HIV/STD Program, Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program Title IV Part A, and the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA). Additional services provided include professional development and training opportunities for teachers, staff, parents and students in areas relative to student health and wellness: suicide prevention and intervention, asset development, substance abuse and youth, and Coordinated School Health (CSH). This work is supported by a Coordinated School Health Collaborative which meets throughout the year."
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.
"CommUniverCity San José believes that everyone deserves to live in vibrant, healthy, and engaged communities. Every day we work with residents to develop great neighborhoods, because no one’s opportunities in life should be limited by the place where they live. We do this by engaging residents and students in service-learning projects that accomplish neighborhood-driven goals through a cross-sector partnership with the City of San José, the residents of Central San José neighborhoods, and San José State University students." http://cucsj.org/
"Every day, you see how cyberbullying hurts students, disrupts classrooms, and impacts your school's culture. So how should you handle it? What are the right things to do and say? What can you do today that will help your students avoid this pitfall of our digital world? We created this free toolkit to help you take on those questions and take an effective stand against cyberbullying. So start here. Use it now. Rely on it to start your year off right." - Common Sense Media Website http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit
"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
"For the first time ever, GroundSpark is hosting a Bay Area two-day Respect for All ProjectInstitute (tentative dates Feb 6 & 7, 2015) to provide professional development in creating inclusive, safe schools and communities for young people of all identities and cultures.
Join us for this rare opportunity for a low-cost, in-depth training program–providing tools, curriculum, personal growth and action planning opportunities for professionals working with students in grades K–12.
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm; 8:30 am Check-in and on-site Registration
Location: Veterans Memorial Hall 846 Front St., Santa Cruz 95060
Description: A full-day seminar on our Integrative Approach to Youth Development and how it can be implemented to:
mitigate the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
increase student achievement and improve school climate
increase civility (reduce bullying behaviors) in the classrooms and on the streets
increase thriving (reduce risk behaviors) in our youth through community engagement
become the measurable outcome of your collective impact efforts (the Student Support Card)
Whether you work at a school, in juvenile justice, in the arts, in social services, or at a family resource center and whether you are a parent or a young person, this dynamic day will provide you with tools and inspiration to play a vital role in developing resilient young people.
Based on research which demonstrates the power of a strength-based approach to working with youth, the methods learned in this training can be integrated into your youth and/or coalition work without representing something more to do. Rather, this is a common sense approach to put new life into how you work with, and on the behalf, of teens. You will learn meaningful and measurable strategies, known as the Integrative Youth Development (IYD), which will provide you with processes and tools.
Saturday, Dec. 13: "Creating Invincible Families"
Target Audience: Families, youth, churches, coaches, etc.
About the Facilitator: Derek Peterson is the founder and Principal Director of the International Institute for Student Support (IISS), which has developed the Student Support Card™, a comprehensive program that measures a student's "other side of the report card". The program's integrative approach uses a consilience model for optimal youth development as it relates to student achievement, civility, and overall well-being. Derek's work guides local, state, national, and international governing boards, policy makers, and program leaders to measure the impact of their efforts upon the developmental ecology of youth. This includes working with the National School Boards Association to increase caring and connection in schools."...
"Partnership for Children & Youth is a California-based non-profit organization that finds funding, partners and solutions to help schools better serve students, and informs state and national public policy on education issues."
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.
"Each year, Bill Wilson Center serves more than 10,000 clients in Santa Clara County through our various programs. Bill Wilson Center programs focus on housing, education, counseling, and advocacy. Bill Wilson Center is committed to working with the community to ensure that every youth has access to the range of services needed to grow to be healthy and self-sufficient adults. Bill Wilson Center has been providing services to runaway and homeless youth since 1973." http://www.billwilsoncenter.org/
"Common Sense Media believes in strong partnerships between home and school. That's why we've designed a free program to help parents and caregivers navigate and discuss the impact of digital media on kids' social, emotional, and intellectual development. Using resources based on our K-12 Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum, educators and parents, together, can empower young people to harness the power of the Internet and digital technology for learning and life -- both in the classroom and at home."
"...Research shows that a child’s brain develops most dramatically during the first five years of life. During this critical period, a window of opportunity exists to help shape how a child’s brain matures and to lay the foundation for all of the years that follow. While the early period in children’s development is absolutely critical to their future success, it is also where public investments are lowest.
FIRST 5 provides all children ages 0-5 with programs and services that ensure children are born and remain healthy, receive more from their education, and become productive adults."...
"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"
"Using a high-tech optic scan camera the FocusFirst program conducts vision screenings among children ages 6 months to 5 years old in child care and preschool settings to detect vision problems and provide immediate follow-up care so that the children can access corrective services. In this fiscal year, FocusFirst intends on serving up to 6,000 children in a pilot program and 36,000 children the following year." To schedule vision screenings, contact FocusFirst@hkidsf.org, or 1.855.5FOCUSi (1-855-536-2874)
"The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities."
The Imani Village School Linked Services (SLS) program seeks to improve the overall academic success and well being of African Ancestry and other underserved students by reducing risk factors that lead to poor academic outcomes for students of color. The program will deliver coordinated and effective academic support, mental health and social services on school campuses and in communities to meet the needs of children and their families.
Program Goals: • Reduce school suspensions and expulsions • Increase academic achievement • Increase parent involvement and participation in child’s education • Increase social/emotional well-being of students and family members • Increase access to resources for families facing multiple significant risk factors
"The Alliance was founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation as a response to the growing rate of childhood obesity. And just like our founders, our goal as an organization has always been to create systemic change, change that is not isolated to one home, or community, to one school, industry, or state. We want to create healthy changes that build upon one another and create a system, a nation, that makes the healthy choice the easy choice.
First, we set our sights on schools. It’s where kids spend most of their time outside the home so it seemed like a good place to start. We created our Healthy Schools Program in 2006 and launched in 231 schools in 13 states. The Healthy Schools Program has since grown to become the nation’s most extensive effort to prevent childhood obesity in schools now including more than 20,000 schools in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico." https://www.healthiergeneration.org/