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Policy and Systems

How to Prioritize in a Sea of Challenges: Guidance for Counties (The Stepping Up Initiative)

May 5, 2020 Counties are often faced with an array of unique funding and capacity pressures. During crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever for county officials to prioritize where and how they use their already-limited resources. The latest brief from Stepping Up’s In Focus series— Prioritizing Policy, Practice, and Funding Improvements —provides county officials with guidance on how to identify the most impactful changes needed to reduce the number of people in...

Thurston County residents: Please call your commissioner today to stop expansion of prison infrastructure

Your voice today is needed to contact Thurston County Commissioners, to oppose expanding prison infrastructure. Background: Our Thurston County Commissioners are deciding this Thursday morning (April 23), whether or not to proceed with a zoning change to allow additional acres to have prisons built on them. Adding your voice today can help steer tax dollars away from expanding prison infrastructure. ACTION TO DO ideally by Wednesday April 22 but better late than never: Leave a message for...

Systems of Trauma: Racial Trauma Issue Brief

Family And Children's Trust (FACT) Fund of Virginia just released their latest issue brief! SYSTEMS OF TRAUMA : Racial Trauma explores how racial trauma intersects and exacerbates trauma caused by family violence. In order to do so effectively, the brief will review issues of structurally embedded inequalities, individual actions that cause racial trauma, the effects of racial trauma on communities of color, and strategies for individuals, communities, professionals and organizations to...

August Positive Discipline in the Classroom Workshops

Create a classroom and school environment where students feel encouraged and engaged in learning, solve their own friendship issues, and feel a sense of connection and value. Educators from our July workshops offered this feedback... "The reframing around student behavior is so refreshing. It is validating and now I have the tools to lead a more equitable classroom." "The experiential learning made the theoretical ideas come to life. The notion of one more program is overwhelming, but this...

Join us for a March 14 Webinar “Strategic Advocacy: Winning Policy Change without Crossing the Lobbying Line”

Please join ACEs Connection and the Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) for a free webinar to learn how to drive public-policy change without violating the restrictions on non-profit organizations or the requirements of funders. It will beheld on Thursday, March 14 (9:00-10:30 am PT/noon-1:30 pm ET). The featured speaker of the webinar, “Strategic Advocacy: Winning Policy Change without Crossing the Lobbying Line,” is attorney Allen Mattison, an expert at helping...

Washington Weighs an End to Locking Kids Up for Truancy [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

As a teenager in foster care , Zack Zibrosky was detained eight times, five for running away from the same group home where some of the other kids had a history of aggressive behavior. Running away is considered a status offense, an activity that is prohibited only if you are a minor. In between trips to detention, Zibrosky spent time on the streets. School fell by the wayside amidst all that upheaval. “Kids who are going through this obviously have some type of turmoil or something in their...

Webinar Learning Series: State Policy Approaches to Addressing Childhood Adversity, January 10, 10am PST (1:00 PM EST)

Please join us for a three -part learning series hosted by the California Campaign to Counter Childhood Adversity and ACEs Connection . We'll hear from states that are making great strides towards adopting trauma-informed policies and practices. Three-Part Learning Series: Webinar 1: Overview of State Level Efforts to Address Childhood Adversity and Highlights from Oregon, Tennessee, and Wisconsin Date: January 10th, 10AM PST (1:00 PM EST) Speakers: Elizabeth Prewitt, Policy Analyst, ACEs...

A National Agenda to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences

What are ACEs and Why Do They Matter? In 2016 1 , nearly half of U.S. children – 34 million kids – had at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) and more than 20 percent experienced two or more. The new brain sciences and science of human development explain how ACEs can have devastating, long-lasting effects on children’s health and wellbeing. These events resonate well beyond the individual child to have far-reaching consequences for families, neighborhoods, and communities. ACEs...

Washington State Agency Involvement in ACEs-Related Work

Cross Agency Initiatives Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, and Nurturing Relationships & Environments for Children - Essentials for Childhood Washington State -- www.doh.wa.gov/efc - Essentials for Childhood - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/childmaltreatment/essentials/index.html Washington State Frontiers of Innovation - http://www.wafoi.org/ Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University – Frontiers of Innovation...

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