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De-escalation is the reduction in the intensity of a conflict. Unlike escalation, which often occurs rapidly and unintentionally, de-escalation tends to be slow and only happens intentionally through much effort. A variety of approaches are possible: the gradual reciprocal reduction in tension approach (GRIT), cooling off periods, changing communication strategies and patterns, and others. This presentation will introduce ways to bring a child back to a reasonable state. Learning to control yourself, your physical stance, and how to have a helpful discussion, are topics this workshop includes. This information puts adults working with escalated behaviors in supportive positions, presented by Scott Noyes
Held at Middlesex Community College, 33 Kearney Sq., (Lowell Campus),
Saturday, October 2, 2021
The 2021-2022 Indigenous Legislative Agenda includes 5 priorities: Remove Racist Mascots, Honor Indigenous People’s Day, Celebrate and Teach Native American Culture & History, Protect Native American Heritage, and Support the Education and Futures of Native Youth.
Bill Name: An Act Establishing An Indigenous Peoples Day
H.245 proposes to increase the maximum tax deduction for business-related childcare expenses. Currently the maximum deduction is $4,800 for filers with one dependent and $9,600 for filers with two dependents or more. This bill proposes to double these to $9,600 for one dependent and $19,200 for two dependents or more. This change would provide meaningful relief for all families who qualify, with the most assistance going to low-income families who need it the most.
The bill hearing is scheduled on Sept. 15th from 10AM-1PM.
Contact Rep. Livingstone and Sarah if you have any questions.
DCF - Adoption, Abuse
Online testimony will be accepted until Wednesday, September 29 at 5:00 PM.
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Online sign up to testify will be available until Friday, September 10 at 5:00 PM.
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Event Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Start Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Virtual Hearing
This bill, filed by Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Stone Creem and Representative Ruth Balser, will make SEL training an explicit requirement of educator and administrator licensure. Current Massachusetts law does not require SEL training as a prerequisite for either initial licensure or license renewal. An Act to Promote Social-Emotional Learning changes that. The bill was recently referred to the MA Joint Committee on Ways and Means.
Delivered by Jewish Vocational Service
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United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY-17) today reintroduced the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act, a comprehensive and bicameral bill that will ensure that every family has access to high-quality, affordable child care and early learning opportunities by establishing a network of federally-supported, locally administered child care options.
The Cliff Effect occurs when a person or family becomes ineligible for public assistance programs like housing and childcare subsidies once their income surpasses the threshold set by the Federal Poverty Guidelines, leaving them financially worse off than they were before the income bump. It causes people to turn down raises and promotions and is a major factor in perpetuating multi-generational poverty.
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We live in one of the most innovative and progressive regions in the country—not to mention one of the richest. Yet Massachusetts is also the state with the most expensive childcare in the nation, which is crippling families, mostly working moms. Will we ever figure out how to solve the childcare crisis?
While many students wore face masks in school last year, the issue has become incredibly heated and polarized in some regions this year.
Emma LaVecchia spends her day overseeing 10 preschools around Greater Boston. And sometimes that means putting on a mask and grabbing crayons, or craft paper, or glue, or doing whatever it takes to help out her teachers.
That's because LaVecchia's Pine Village preschools are understaffed, like so many other child care centers across Massachusetts - and across the country.
Masking will be a key strategy in returning to school safely amid the continued presence of COVID-19 and its Delta variant, said a pair of Duke University pediatrics professors who also stressed the importance of enforcing and adhering to mask policies.
New guidance from the federal government set off a cascade of mask rules across the nation Wednesday as cities, states, schools and businesses raced to restore mandates and others pushed back against the guidelines at a time when Americans are exhausted and confused over constantly shifting pandemic measures.
With COVID cases on the rise in Massachusetts, some lawmakers are wondering if the state is doing enough to protect unvaccinated kids as the first day of school fast approaches
From Katherine Clark, 5th District of Massachusetts.
Child care is fundamental to our families and our economy. The U.S. child care industry supports more than $99 billion in total economic activity. In addition to its valuable role to our economy, access to child care enables parents to provide for their families and women to enter and stay in the workforce. Child care is also central to the development and future success of our children. Simply put, child care is essential.
The Worcester Public Schools Nutrition Department is providing breakfast and lunch meals to our students this 2020-2021 school year. Meals are available while students are participating in remote/distance learning. We are finding that many parents are not availing themselves of this resource and want to hear from you what the obstacles may be. Please let us know how we can help remove the barriers to access this resource.
El Departamento de Educación de Worcester esta proveyendo desayuno y almuerzo para los estudiantes durante 2020-2021. Esta comida es disponible para los estudiante mientras ellos estén participando en la escuela remotamente. Hay muchos padres que no están participando en este programa y queremos saber cuales son los obstáculos para los padres.
Pediatric health care providers and their multidisciplinary care teams are uniquely poised to affect life-long health and well-being by supporting opportunities to prevent development delays, address health-related social needs, and reduce the risk of chronic disease, trauma, and mental health difficulties. If pediatric health care were consistently anti-racist, strengths-based, and delivered in partnership with families and communities, more children would have access to the relationships, resources, and care they need to thrive.
The U.S. economy is still down millions of jobs compared to the number that were available before the pandemic began. In spite of that, businesses across the country are now grappling with labor shortages.
Angela Garcia has about a dozen open positions at her two child-care centers in New Mexico. She’s tried job fairs, sign-on bonuses, retention incentives and working with recruiters to fill the openings, but nothing has worked.
Roughly 4 out of 5 child care centers nationwide report they’ve consistently had at least one open position for a month or longer, with about 15% of centers reporting having six to 15 open roles.
Over a year after daycares, preschools and child-care centers started reopening, U.S. parents and providers are still struggling to find a new normal.
A research team from the University of Chicago, which includes Nobel Prize-winning economist James J. Heckman, released the results of new analysis from an ongoing study of the Perry Preschool Program, an influential early childhood education program “targeted to promote the social mobility of disadvantaged African-American children.”
Senate Democrats are close to finalizing a $3.5 trillion budget plan that would begin the process of enacting an ambitious social agenda that is expected to include historic government investments in child care. This proposal — introduced by President Biden in April as part of his American Families Plan — has faced its share of conservative opposition, as have policymakers’ attempts to tackle child care over the past half-century.
Comprehensive child care and early learning policy is a “win for all” policy: a pathway to progress on gender, racial, and income equality; healthy child development and family well-being; improved educational outcomes; and economic growth and prosperity. The President’s Build Back Better plan, reflected in the Congressional budget, is essential to building a strong child care and early learning system that can achieve these goals.