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March 5-9th is National School Breakfast Week
When the Bough Breaks: The Effects of Homelessness on Young Children,
a recent brief from Child Trends, highlights the potential for homelessness to hinder child development. According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, about 1.6 million children were homeless annually in America between 2006 and 2010. Research has indicated that children without stables homes are more likely to repeat a school grade and be expelled or drop out of high school. In addition, homeless preschoolers are more likely to have a major developmental delay, and have higher rates of internalizing and externalizing behaviors than their peers. To reduce the presence of these behaviors, and improve outcomes for homeless children, access to high-quality childcare and early education is essential. This brief concludes with several policy recommendations that could help mitigate negative outcomes.
Growing Gaps Bring Focus on Poverty’s Role in Schooling, an article from Education Week, highlights results from a recent analysis by Dr. Sean Reardon of Stanford University on the achievement gap between poor and rich children, in addition to discussing ongoing initiatives to close this gap. Recent research from Dr. Reardon and others show that family income and other socioeconomic resources are the strongest predictors of student achievement and health. To address this gap some organizations and campaigns are advocating for an expansive view of education that takes into account the circumstances students come from. These initiatives promote services that address a diverse array of student needs, from housing and food insecurity to emotional and physical health, in order to improve student outcomes and close the achievement gap.
Early Childhood Family Intervention and Long-term Obesity Prevention Among High-risk Minority Youth, a study from Pediatrics, assessed the effectiveness of an adapted version of the Incredible Years Series, a family intervention, on child obesity three and five years post-intervention. The intervention included 22, 2-hour parent and child group meetings that centered on child behavior problems, in addition to improving parent-child interactions and parent responsiveness. The results indicate that children randomly assigned to the intervention were more likely to have lower body mass index (BMI) scores, lower rates of obesity and were much more likely to be physically active and have a healthy diet. The authors conclude that early intervention efforts aimed at promoting effective parenting and preventing child behavior problems are effective for reducing long-term obesity rates.
Nemours--Policy and Program Intern (Washington, DC)
Nemours, a child health system and operating foundation, is currently seeking a part-time intern for the Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy. Responsibilities of the position include attending webinars and conference calls, supporting the Children’s Outcomes Project (COP), conducting background research, planning special events, and drafting communications regarding policy and advocacy activities. Qualifications for the position include excellent communication skills, an interest in program and policy related tasks, and proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/internship/sJwBm4zJdbD/
Moody Independent School District--Licensed Vocational Nurse (Moody, TX)
Moody Independent School District is currently seeking a full-time Licensed Vocational Nurse for elementary aged students. The mission of the school district is to equip students with the tools and abilities to be competitive in a global society, while upholding the traditions, pride and trust of the community. Qualifications for the position include an Associate’s Degree and citizenship, residency or a work VISA in the United States. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=66797
Alliance for a Healthier Generation--Relationship Manager (Tallahassee, FL)
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is currently seeking a full-time Relationship Manager for the Healthy Schools Program. Responsibilities of the position include recruiting schools and districts for the Healthy Schools Program, delivering technical assistance for enrolled schools and districts, cultivating relationships within the school health and childhood obesity prevention communities, and marketing the initiative to key stakeholders through conferences, trainings and publications. Qualifications for the position include a Bachelor’s Degree, knowledge of the school environment, and at least three years of experience in general project management, school, public health, or youth environment. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/cBbTXTbb3FXd/
Graham Windham—Registered Nurse (Westchester, NY)
Graham Windham, an award winning child welfare agency, is currently seeking a full-time Registered Nurse for their residential facility. Responsibilities of the position include providing quality community based care to the agency’s children including physical examinations, assessments, nursing care plans, health education, immunizations, and other procedures as needed. Qualifications of the position include a Registered Nursing license for the state of New York, at least two years of pediatric nursing experience, and current CPR certification. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/ktbj5tHsZc2D/
Richstone Family Center--Program Manager (Hawthorne, CA)
Richstone Family Center is dedicated to preventing and treating child abuse, strengthening families and reducing violence in families, schools and communities. Responsibilities of the Program Manager include overseeing systems to assure accurate documentation of services and activities, identifying funding sources, writing proposals, and collaborating with community partners. Qualifications for the position include a Bachelor’s Degree in human services or a related field, at least five years of experience supervising personnel, and fluency in Spanish and English. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/NTs7TSGWc3H4/
Cayuga Centers—Family Nurse Practitioner (Auburn, NY)
Cayuga Centers is currently seeking a part-time Family Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant. Responsibilities of the position include providing medical evaluation for youth admitted into various Center programs, interpreting youth medication needs to parents, and interpreting youth needs to Emergency Room and hospital personnel when necessary. Qualifications for the position include licensure as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Doctor of Medicine (MD) Family Nurse Practitioner or Physicians Assistant, a valid New York state driver’s license, and experience with pediatrics. For more information and to apply for this position, please visit: http://www.idealist.org/view/job/JfbSsCzC3H4/
Webinar: Food, Fitness, and Fun. May 9, 2012. 1:00-2:00 PM EST. For more information about this event, please visit: http://foundationsinc.org/node/1095
Boston, MA: National School Board Association Annual Conference. April 21-23, 2012. For more information about this event, please visit: http://annualconference.nsba.org/ac2012/public/enter.aspx
Nashville, TN: Achieving Success at Scale: Research on Effective High Schools. June 10-12, 2012. For more information about this event, please visit: http://www.scalingupcenter.org/conferences/index.aspx
Previously Posted Meetings
Savannah, GA: National At Risk Youth Conference. March 4-7, 2012. For more information about this event, please visit: http://ceps.georgiasouthern.edu/conted/nationalyouthatrisk.html
Webinar: Targeting the ED to Reduce Suicide and Substance Abuse. March 14, 2012 at 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/207361152 ) or March 15, 2012 at 4:00-5:00 PM (https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/628710529 ).
Cleveland, OH: 39th Annual Conference of the Ohio Association of School Nurses: Seven Health Disparities Affecting Student Achievement. April 20-22, 2012. For more information about this event, click here.