Youth Law Center Webinar Series

The Youth Law Center has launched a webinar series to highlight some best practices for parents and resource parents during the Covid-19 crisis. More information is available below. https://ylc.org/news/ylc-launches-qpi-resource-series-covid19-the-new-normal/ YLC launches QPI resource series "COVID19: The New Normal" We understand that the daily changes and constantly updated information on the COVID-19 crisis can be overwhelming. However panic cannot and should not drive our work off...

Love in the TIme of Coronavirus: Inequities and Supporting Children

This blog is re-posted from positiveexperience.org/blog/ Link there for associated resources, and for the other blogs in the series. Having safe, stable, and equitable environments to live, learn and play forms the second of the 4 Building Blocks of HOPE. Children need homes where they feel safe and secure and have their basic needs met. Children thrive in an environment that encourages curiosity and provides opportunities for learning to play and interact with other children. Today’s blog...

'These people are warriors.' Meet the waste workers taking risks to sort your recyclables [latimes.com]

By Susanne Rust, Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2020 On Friday morning, Noel Tucker — gloved, masked, and dressed in an apron and hard hat — attacked the refuse stream rolling by her on a fast-moving conveyor belt, pulling out plastic bags and loose plastic films, and tossing them into a metal bin by her side. She’s a sorter at San Francisco’s Recology recycling center. And while most of the city’s residents are hunkered down in their homes, keeping clear of the coronavirus that...

Coronavirus ravages services for people with disabilities, leaving many at risk [calmatters.org]

By Dan Morain and Anita Chabria, Cal Matters, April 5, 2020 Sue Swezey, 83, has spent the last three weeks at home caring for her son John, who is 57 and severely autistic. John needs 24-hour supervision. He cannot cross a street safely. The other day, he used a metal fork to unstick a piece of bread stuck in an electric toaster. His mother rushed in to pull the plug. Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, John Swezey and people like him with intellectual and developmental disabilities...

Gov. Newsom expidites child care for parents on front lines of coronavirus pandemic [sfchronicle.com]

By Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, April 5, 2020 People on the front lines in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic — from grocery clerks to health care professionals to firefighters — will get priority in arranging child care based on an executive order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday. The order allows parents in essential jobs to bypass administrative and eligibility requirements in order to enroll their children in programs when they are working. The order will be administered by...

Four Core Priorities for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning [kqed.org]

By Kara Newhouse Apr 6 Trauma-informed teaching cannot be simplified to cookie-cutter practices. Take this example: a teacher worked with a student to develop a silent signal that he could use when he needed extra breaks during class. Hearing how well it worked, another teacher tried to apply the signal without first building a relationship with the student. It bombed. With the second teacher, the signal became “an angry ear tug instead of a trauma-informed ear tug,” said Alex Shevrin Venet...

How COVID-19 Affects CHCF Grantmaking [chcf.org]

By Kara Carter, California Health Care Foundation, April 6, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting every aspect of life in California — how we live, whether and how we work, how we interact, and how we feel. That is certainly the case for CHCF. COVID-19 has not only demanded that we operate as a virtual organization , it has also challenged us to reassess how we deploy our philanthropic resources. Here is our current thinking about how the COVID-19 pandemic affects CHCF grantmaking. [...

Editorial: Three things California must do for successful K-12 distance learning during coronavirus crisis (sandiegouniontribune.com)

The decision by districts across California to shut K-12 schools last month to slow the spread of coronavirus remains a smart and practical move that aligned with other “social distancing” measures to keep virus deaths at a lower level than in other states — and to allow health-care providers more time to prepare for a projected onslaught of patients. But besides managing the public health crisis, leaders in San Diego and statewide also face another huge challenge: the need to make online...

'Essential' Or Not, These Workers Report For Duty [californiahealthline.org]

By Heidi de Marco, California Healthline, April 1, 2020 WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Pauline Lawrence is 63, an age that puts her at increased risk if she contracts COVID-19. Yet, three days a week, she spends 16 hours with someone at even greater risk: a 97-year-old man who depends on her and two other home health aides to survive. “Somebody has to take care of him,” said Lawrence, an immigrant from Jamaica who lives with her 30-year-old son in a South Los Angeles apartment. “I will stand up to...

Policy Actions to Protect Children and Youth in Foster Care During COVID-19 Pandemic [jbaforyouth.org]

From The Child Welfare Policy Round Table, April 2, 2020 The Child Welfare Policy Round Table will be held virtually on Friday, April 3rd from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. At the meeting, a statewide coalition of child welfare advocates will recommend immediate actions to be taken by the California State Legislature and the administration of Governor Gavin Newsom to protect children and youth in foster care during the COVID-19 pandemic. These recommendations were included in a letter that was sent to...

April 7th at 5pm PDT, KPJR Films Virtual Showcase Registration Including Live Twitter Townhall [kpjrfilms.co]

TRAUMA-INFORMED IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS A virtual discussion featuring Alice Forrester, PhD, CEO of Clifford Beers from RESILIENCE, Jim Sporleder, Trauma Informed Consultant and former Principal of Lincoln High School shown in PAPER TIGERS, and James Redford, Director of both RESILIENCE & PAPER TIGERS. During this time of social isolation, KPJR Films is reaching out to share our documentary films and trauma-informed tools with communities nationwide. KPJR Films will launch KPJR...

Next "A Better Normal" community discussion series: April 3, 2020/ Maternal health and pediatrics in the time of COVID-19

Steve Sack • Star Tribune The "Better Normal" community discussion for Friday, April 3, 2020, features two wonderful staff members from ACEs Connection: Karen Clemmer, community facilitator for the Northwest, Far Northern California, Alaska and Hawaii; and reporter Laurie Udesky, who is also community manager for the ACEs in Pediatrics community on ACEsConnection.com. Karen Clemmer Join them at noon PT/ 1 pm MT/ 2 pm CT/ 3 pm ET and share your thoughts, ideas, questions, concerns, and...

Handling Your Child’s Challenging Behaviors at Every Age: New Parenting Guide from Yolo Child Abuse Prevention Council/Yolo County Children's Alliance

The Yolo County Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) and Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA) are excited to share our new parenting guide: Handling Your Child’s Challenging Behaviors at Every Age. This resource for parents and caregivers provides positive discipline tips and resources to handle challenging behaviors in babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and teenagers. Each age group page has: tips on how parents can connect with their child, some common challenging...

Sheltering in Place: ACEs-Informed Tips for Self-Care During a Pandemic

Millions of lives have been affected in unprecedented ways by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are all grappling with uncertainty—our daily routines interrupted, not knowing what is to come. For those of us who have Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), these times can be particularly distressing. At the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW), we know that childhood trauma can have a significant impact on an individual’s health and well-being – both physiologically and psychologically. Since the...

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