New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) Statewide Central Intake (SCI) number to report child abuse and neglect: dial #SAFE or 7233 from any cell phone or 1-855-333-SAFE from land lines.
Learn how you can raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support children and families to help prevent child abuse during Prevention Month in April and throughout the year. Visit the 2011 National Child Abuse Prevention Month website for resources and strategies on engaging communities and supporting families.
In 2009, children age three and younger had a child maltreatment rate of 13.6 per 1,000. For children ages 16 to 17, the rate was 5.1*
Despite modes decreases between 1990 and 2009, young children are significantly more likely than older children to be victims of abuse and neglect.
The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) believes a multi-generational approach that supports parents, addresses developmental needs and reaches families long before the come in contact with the child welfare system is critical to combating maltreatment at any age.
In honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month, CSSP is highlighting three recently released resources that can help families, caregivers, policymakers and other keep children safe:· Strengthening Families and Communities: 2011 Resource Guide · Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement: A Toolkit for Parents and Partners · Effective Policies to Prevent Child Maltreatment on Policy for Results.org
Mesaland Community College, Tucumcari NM
April 7, 2011, 1:00-4:00 PM
According to the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health, NM is 4th in the nation for the percent of children receiving a standardized screening for developmental or behavioral problems for children birth to age five. The use of Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) materials will keep New Mexico at the top of the list.
ASQ materials are appropriate for use by home visitors, early intervention specialists, early care & education providers, Head Start/Early Head Start/Pre-K programs, TTAO specialists, and physicians to determine a child's physical and social/emotional development.
Project LAUNCH and Families FIRST collaborate to provide training in the use of the standardized screening tools, ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE.
April 1, 2011
Dr. Lily Wong Fillmore will present the Keynote address: Celebrating the Languages and Cultures of ALL Children. This early childhood summit is for families; staff in early childhood centers, homes, home visiting programs, early intervention programs, language nests, infant mental health programs; and anyone interested in supporting the welfare of ALL young children and their families.
There will also be:
Saturday, April 9, 2011, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Come learn more about resources available for you and your family at the Early Childhood Resource Fair! Everyone is invited.
When: Saturday, April 9, 2011 10-2
Where: Tiguex Park, near Old Town and Explora
What: Activities for kids, music, storytelling, pregnancy tips, parenting tips, brain development, nutrition, early learning, the importance of play and getting ready for school
April 1, 2011
This Workshop will: Describe our current understanding of early development and explore the elements of quality in-groups care that support strong relationships and positive learning experiences. It reflects the major concepts articulated in the National Association for the Education of Young Children position on Developmentally Appropriate Practice (National Association for the Education of Young Children, 2008). It presents stories that exemplify responsive, relationship-based practice and provides examples of reflective practice in early group care.
Who should attend? Early Child Care Providers, Teachers, Volunteers, Church Leaders, Community Leaders, Social Workers, Family Counselors, School Counselors, Mental Health Professionals
When: Friday, April 1, 2011 Morning Workshop: 8:30-12:30 PM, Afternoon Workshop: 1:00-5:00 PM
Where: University of New Mexico, Student Union Building, Room: Acoma A & B
Cost: $45.00 (Early-Bird Registration, before 3/18/11); $65.00 (Regular Cost, after 3/18/11)
Register online: www.nmfamilyedcenter.org/registration_form
For more information call: 505-717-7845, 866-236-1128
At the Roundhouse
January 24, 25, 26, 2011
On behalf of the Steering Committee for CELEBRATING NEW MEXICO'S CHILDREN AND YOUTH DAYS, please join us at this year's Roundhouse celebration January 24, 25, 26, 2011.
This continues the tradition of the Children's Cabinet Days where the continuum of services and education prenatal through career are linked and aligned; yet these days also have a new name, CELEBRATING NEW MEXICO'S CHILDREN AND YOUTH DAYS, to focus on the value and importance of getting all children and youth off to a great start and beyond. We will use these three days to connect with legislators AND the new Governor and all the members of the new Executive on the importance of supporting children, youth, and families.
Similar to last year's Children's Cabinet Days, each day will focus on a different age group. Monday, January 24 will focus on early childhood; Tuesday, January 25 will focus on elementary and middle school age children; and Wednesday, January 26 will focus on high school age young people. Each day will feature refreshments, advocacy training, speakers, and entertainment. A press conference is scheduled for each of those days. A schedule will be available soon.
Sunday, January 23, 2011, 3:00-6:00 PM
Garrett Desert Inn, 311 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM
The New Mexico Association for the Education of Young Children and other groups will be offering an Early Childhood Public Policy Institute - training in talking to state legislators and a review of early childhood issues - on Sunday, January 23, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM in Santa Fe. Anyone interested in adding to a chorus of voices in the Roundhouse urging support for childhood programs, such as child care assistance, T.E.A.C.H. scholarships, Training and Technical Assistance Programs, home visiting, and NM Pre-K, including before- and after-school programs is welcome to attend. Parents, educators, students, and advocates are all encouraged to come. There is no charge. The institute will be at the Garrett Desert Inn, 311 Old Santa Fe Trail.
There will be a dinner on Sunday evening ($24.00) if you are interested.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
A Community Legislative Forum with State Senators Tim Keller (SD-27) and Cisco McSorley (SD-16) and State Representatives Gail Chasey (HD-18), Al Park (HD-26), and Sheryl Williams Stapleton (HD-19), will be held on Thursday, January 6, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the African-American Performing Arts Center. The Center is located at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds, 2010 San Pedro NE, in Albuquerque. The legislators will host a Town Hall on key issues like our state budget, taxes, our community, government services, and good government reform. The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available.
Sensory World is hosting a Special Needs Sensory Conference in Albuquerque, November 19, 2010. Daycare Specialist CEU credit, along with other CEUs, will be offered.
If all kinds of people work together, it will be possible to create a brighter future for our kids and ourselves. Strong Starts for Children is providing us with this opportunity. In this new project, groups of people from local communities are inviting people from all walks of life to talk about what to do to make our community better for our families and children.