September 2010 ACTION News from
the NYS Infancy Leadership Circles

A project of NYZTT

Dear Friends,

This election season is an important one for young children. We need to make sure all the candidates put early childhood high on their agendas and address the issues during the campaign.

Winning Beginning New York (WBNY) has identified some key races in New York State and created some wonderful advocacy materials that are available at These materials include a Candidate Education Toolkit; Messaging Webinar presentation with slides; templates for Op-Eds; and event invitations to candidates.

Sarah Bilofsky, Winning Beginning’s public relations consultant; is presenting two webinars on how to use these materials. The next one is Monday, September 20 at 10 AM (see events below for access details). We hope some of you can participate in the live presentation.

Also, as part of its mobilization effort, WBNY is working with regional teams and we hope you will join the team in your area and take part in advocacy during the campaign season…and after!!

We urge you to join with Winning Beginning NY in this effort. Your voices on behalf of infants and toddlers are important now more than ever.

Please contact Jenn O’Connor for general information ( and the following WBNY regional leaders to get involved in your region.

Albany – Patty Skinner (
Broome County – Jennifer Lesko (
Buffalo – Susan Bloch (
Chemung County – Ruth Krusen ( or

Debbie MacDonald (
Long Island – Dana Friedman (
NYC – Betty Holcomb (
Rochester – Carolyn Lee-Davis (
Rockland County – Jane Brown (
Steuben County – Carla Hibbard (
Syracuse – Peggy Liuzzi (
Westchester – Kathy Halas (

Carole and Jackie


Monday, September 20, 2010, 10 – 11 AM:

Webinar on Elections with Winning Beginning, NY Using the Candidate Education Toolkit —

Presented by Sarah Brodsky, Public Relations Consultant to Winning Beginning New York, this webinar will give hand-on tips for meeting with candidates, staff and media personnel to get early childhood on the policy agenda and tips on using the newly released Winning Beginning New York election tool kit.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 2 – 3 PM, Webinar:

Stories Behind the Statistics: What the 2009 Poverty and Income Data Mean For Your Community,

Presented by Coalition on Human Needs and Half in Ten Campaign, this analysis of the Sept. 16 poverty data features reports from several states about how people and communities are faring.
Register at:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 4 – 5 PM:

Conference Call on Health Care with President Obama about New Benefits

Aimed at community and faith leaders, this call with the president will highlight new benefits coming online in the Affordable Care Act relevant to children and adults.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 1:30 – 4:30 PM, Albany, NY:

Think Tank and Action Meeting: The Biology of Loss: The Consequences and Healing of Childhood Adversity. University at Albany School of Social Welfare

This Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Meeting sponsored by the School of Social Welfare at the University of Albany is presented by Gabor Mate, M.D. For more information on Dr. Mate see

Pre-register by contacting Dr. Heather Larkin:

Thursday, September 23, 2010, 9:30 am –1 pm, New York, NY:

Information Session: Accessing Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs

In this session you will learn: how to get access to government services; how to get services for youth transitioning to adult services; how to get help coordinating services for families, how to get help from the NYC Health Department Child Benefit Advisors for health insurance services and other benefits; how to get and or renew physically handicapped children’s program services. Space is limited.

Send e-mail to Esther Curenton: Phone: 212 788-5584

Friday, September 24 – Saturday, September 25, 2010, New York, NY:

"America’s Fit for Life" and Family Conference, Hotel Pennsylvania, all day

This conference, hosted by Today’s Child, brings together experts from across the country to provide information and resources to transform and improve the quality of life and overall well-being and prepare a "Fit for Life Plan."
Sessions will focus on Health and Wellness; Wealth Building; Parenting Children with Special Health Care Needs; Relationships and Family Life; and The Role of Fathers. Audience is educators, health and human service and child care providers, parents/caregivers, and community leaders.

Features dialogue with specialists, celebrities. Partial proceeds benefit The Stay Strong Foundation.

For registration and information on exhibiting, go to:

Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 10 –11:30 am:

Web Conversation with NYS Dept of Education Senior Deputy Commissioner John King

Get an overview of State Education Department’s priorities and challenges in reaching improved outcomes for children in a difficult fiscal climate. Kate Breslin, President and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, will moderate this conversation and entertain questions from the field in this first in a series of web conversations hosted by New York CAN.

Register to receive login information at:

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm: New York, NY:

Strengthening Families: How Can Child Support Help?

Attend this Family strengthening conference on Child Support policy sponsored by the New York City Office of Child Support Enforcement, The Future of Children project, a collaboration of Princeton University and the Brookings Institution, and the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Location: CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets), New York, NY

Saturday, October 16, 2010, 9 am – 5 pm, Brooklyn, NY:

Introductory Course: Stimulating Expressive Speech: Ages Birth to Three

Learn how to help young children with severe expressive speech delays become more vocal, verbal, imitative, and communicative. Presented by Pam Marshalla MA, CCC-SL. Earn 6 PDU credits for NBCOT Certification renewal; 6 credits for ASHAn CEU at the Intermediate Level-related area. Includes light breakfast, lunch and materials kit in fee. Cost ranges from $145-195 for the day.
Location: Challenge Early Intervention Center, 649 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232
For Information and Registration call Miriam at: 718 851-3300 x152.

Benefit enrollment training, various dates

The NYS Community Action Association provides FREE training for nonprofits to help raise awareness of the range of public benefits available to struggling New Yorkers. This training series is being done in partnership with the Empire Justice Center, Nutrition Consortium of NYS, Chautauqua Opportunities, and Single Stop USA.

There will be 30+ trainings held statewide over the early fall. The training is useful for any staff that works with customers. Training runs from 9:30–4:30 in most places and in some locations will go 10:00–5:00 with a pizza lunch provided. All participants will receive a training binder that includes the Helping Hands Tool Kit. Advanced topic webinars will be offered as well.

To download a one-page PDF flyer for the training, go to
For an updated calendar, Go to:


Election Advocacy Materials from New York CAN

The New York CAN Steering Committee has been busy developing materials for you to use during the election cycle this fall. Check their web site for information sheets on issues affecting children and questions you can ask at candidate forums to raise the profile of children in New York State during the elections.

State Receives Home Visiting Award

NYS Department of Health has received a Notice of Grant Award for $3,897,893 for the first phase of the home visiting application. The Department of Health is continuing to work on the needs assessment piece that will be due this month.

State has New Day Care Notification of Closing Provision as of October 1

On August 30, Governor Paterson signed the Day Care Notification Bill which mandates the New York City Administration of Children’s Services must inform parents whose children attend a public center-based day care program when there are plans to close the center. This is a victory for parents, advocates and union staff that have complained of closings as quick as two weeks without any appeal process. NYC announced the intended closing of 16 public centers last spring, effectively eliminating 3,350 regulated day care slots despite funding for childcare from federal stimulus funds and city sources.

Join the Conversation to Build a Better Workforce

Check out Susan Ochshorn’s blog for Early Childhood Education (ECE) Professionals to get involved with policymaking. "ECE practitioners need to be significantly more involved in shaping the policies that determine the trajectories for children and families. Their voices are rare — and much too quiet," says Ms. Ochshorn, former policy expert at CUNY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute, in a recent letter. A recent blog reminds us that the early childhood workforce extends beyond those who teach K, or even pre-K and begins from birth up.
Join the conversation and keep up with critical issues at ECE Policy Matters:


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