January 2018

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  • Supporting Fathers and Families Impacted by Incarceration: The number of fathers in U.S. jails and prisons has increased four-fold since 1980. Ninety-two percent of the more than 800,000 incarcerated parents in federal and state prisons are fathers. Each year, nearly 700,000 prisoners are released from state and federal facilities, and many more are cycled through local jail facilities. As they return to their families and communities, they may face challenges in various areas, such as establishing and maintaining healthy relationships, acquiring relevant job skills, obtaining employment, locating safe and stable housing, managing child support obligations, receiving adequate health care, and understanding their voting and general citizenship rights.
  • Four Festive Ways to Build Your Child’s Resilience Through Family History this Holiday Season: Learn more tips on how fathers can share stories about their family history with their children to help them to value both their heritage and who they are as individuals, with our National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse Spotlight Forever Family: Ancestors Who Shaped Our Lives which is available in English and Spanish.
  • The Impact of Mentors on the Well-being of American Indian Children: Youth mentoring is defined as a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals. Mentors offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of youth known as mentees.
  • Culture Counts: The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCTSN) views enhancing cultural competence as essential to furthering our mission of increasing access to and improving the standard of care for traumatized children, families, and communities across the nation. The Culture, Race, and Ethnicity Supplement to Mental Health: A Report to the Surgeon General states "culture counts," and with the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which recognizes that achieving the goal of eliminating disparities in mental health services requires improving access to quality care that is culturally competent
  • National PTA's Take Your Family to School Week: Is February 11-17, 2018. This is a way to encourage families to become more involved in their child's education. The National PTA website includes a customizable flyer, invitation announcement, newsletter, media advisory, and sample social media messaging you can use to promote and share this family engagement event in your school!
  • Scholastic Parents' New Year Reading Challenge: Printable Calendar: Kick off the New Year with fun, kid-friendly reading activities sure to inspire your child to read all year long. Includes a printable calendar and other downloads.