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Advance Racial and Social Equity in Employment for People with Disabilities

You can help us advance racial and social equity in employment for people with disabilities

Share your ideas for promoting equity in employment by joining a national online dialogue hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and Women's Bureau. 




Office of New Americans: Webinar Series

Mi familia y yo caminamos de la mano del Arte como estrategia de crecimiento 

We hope that you will join us next Friday, April 23, for the continuation of ONA's Mental Health and Wellness Webinar Series which is in collaboration with Dr. Angelica Ojeda and Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez of Universidad Iberoamericana.





DDPC - State Plan for Public Comment

The NYS DDPC has worked over the past year to draft our next 5-year State Plan. We are now asking people with disabilities, their families, staff, caregivers, and others to review our recommended plan and provide final comments.





Educational Video: Benefits of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine

New York State Office of Mental Health has a new educational video on the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. The video is in Spanish, and features Ms. Evelyn Mendez and Dr. Roger Beauplan from Pilgrim Psychiatric Center.

It is available here:

OMH’s previously distributed vaccination videos can be found here:






NY's Great Lakes Small Grants

NY's Great Lakes Small Grants Request for Proposals Announced

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), in partnership with DEC, is requesting proposals for projects that implement actions outlined in the goals of NY’s Great Lakes Action Agenda, focusing on youth in either formal or informal educational experiences. NYSG expects to award eight to 10 projects with up to $25,000 each.

Proposals are due April 30, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.




2021 Virtual Conference

Sign up now for the 2021 Virtual Conference!

Join over 400 representatives from family peer support providers, family members, youth, and professionals from the children’s behavioral health and other cross-system children’s services at this statewide event and stay abreast of the many challenges and opportunities facing children, youth, and families as health and behavioral health services continue to move toward an integrated system of care. We encourage New York State Family Peer Support Providers, Youth Peer Advocates, Health Plans, Health Homes, and other service providers to attend and receive pertinent education & information on services, collaborations, and practices in our children’s health and behavioral health system.





SETF - 22nd Annual Virtual Conference

Registration is Open!

New York State Special Education Task Force Presents the 22nd Annual Virtual Conference

Deadline: April 27, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021
9:00 AM - 3:45 PM

Session and registration information coming soon!





ECCS - Newsletter

Issue 22, Year 5, March 2021




Talleres sobre: Género en la Primero Infancia

Talleres sobre: Género, Sexualidad y Familia en la Primero Infancia






Sesame Workshop : COMING TOGETHER

Sesame Workshop has always stood for diversity, inclusion, equity, and kindness. As part of Coming Together, our ongoing commitment to racial justice, today we released the “ABCs of Racial Literacy” resources to support families in talking to their children about race and racism.




April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child Abuse Prevention Month is Just Two Weeks Away

CAP Month Toolkit Now Available

Each April as part of Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Month, Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) and other state chapters around the nation mobilize public awareness campaigns. These campaigns promote simple actions that can make a big difference in the lives of children, strengthen families and prevent child abuse by removing and challenging barriers to healthy parenting.




Free Family Empowerment Series

Family Empowerment Program

Deadline to apply: April 9, 2021

Parents & Caregivers!

If you want to know more about special education, available supports and services, life after school, and how to speak up effectively, this series is for you!




Consumer Privacy is Important


NYeC believes in the power of health information to improve patient care and outcomes. That includes a belief that patients have a right to their own health data, and a right to decide with whom that data is shared.




Free Training

New and exciting training opportunity being offered by the Justice Center’s Individual and Family Support Unit.

Questions about registration should be directed to




Social Justice for Our Youth With Dr. Monique Morris


On Thursday, February 25, the NYS Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, in partnership with the YJI, hosted “Social Justice for Our Youth” with Dr. Monique Morris. This event centered on how overcriminalization and school pushout has impacted Black girls within the United States. Dr. Morris is an award-winning author and social justice scholar, the executive producer and co-writer of the critically acclaimed documentary “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools,” and the leader of the philanthropic organization Grantmakers for Girls of Color.




News from the NY Early Childhood Professional Development Institute

Welcome! Please enjoy our latest announcements, news, and events.

 March 2021




KWIC: Spring 2021 Newsletter


Spring 2021 Newsletter




Immigrants Can Access Critical Nutrition Programs

Permanent Block of Public Charge
Rule Ensures that Immigrants Can Access
Critical Nutrition Programs

Starting immediately the 2019 U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule that kept immigrants and their families from accessing public benefits, including SNAP, is no longer in effect.




Apúntate: Viernes de Bienestar y Salud Mental

Apúntate: Viernes de Bienestar y Salud Mental

ONA Webinar: El collage estructurado como estrategia para análisis de historias de vida y casos en la atención con población migrante.

ONA Webinar: Mi familia y yo caminamos de la mano del Arte como estrategia de crecimiento.

ONA Webinar: El proceso de Burnout en los Servidores de Migrantes: Contexto, el Sistema y Síntomas.




The ProActive Caring School & Home Transition Exchange

The ProActive Caring School & Home Transition Exchange

Registration Now Open!

In 2021, the ProActive Caring Program will offer a series of webcasts called The School & Home Transition Exchange. The programs will offer tools and resources for families living through the COVID-19 pandemic as they help their children identify opportunities for self-directed growth, expand social opportunities, and enhance the skills needed for living independently.




USDA Extends Summer Meal Program

USDA Extends Summer Meal Program
Waivers Through September 30, 2021

USDA has extended nationwide summer meal program waivers through September 30, 2021, facilitating children's continued access to vital nutrition programs amid the ongoing impacts of COVID-19.




NYSB5 Parent Leadership Conference

Resilient Families: COVID and Beyond!

NYSB5 Statewide Parent Leadership Conference

Virtual Event

Registration is now open.




Vacunarse Contra El Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Capital District Latinos En Colaboración Con El Departamento De Salud Del Condado De Albany Estan Ofreciendo Una Oportunidad Para.

160 Central Ave Albany, NY 12206

Para registrarse, debe mandar un correo electrónico (email) a la siguiente dirección, o llamar al (518) 801-9440, extensión 5081.




SNAP Eligibility for Students

New Resources on SNAP Eligibility for Community College and Economic Opportunity Center Students

Hunger Solutions New York has released new and updated materials that reflect recent policy changes that expand SNAP eligibility to more low-income students, including college students.




What’s Great In Our State

What’s Great In Our State Seeks Nominations for Recognition

May 4th, 2021

NYS Council on Children and Families is thrilled to be working with the NYS Office of Mental Health again this year on planning the What’s Great In Our State (WGIOS) event. Currently, the WGIOS committee is looking for nominations, and we’d like your help!




Want to Quit Tobacco? Start Today!

The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley is partnering with St. Peter’s Health Partners to offer a FREE Virtual Butt Stops Here smoking cessation program. Classes start in February and March.  Groups meet once per week for 7 weeks.

You DO NOT have to be quit before starting the group! Choose one group that meets once per week with a trained facilitator. 




New York State : News Release

New York state will offer free diapers at food banks amid ongoing COVID-19 recession

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is establishing a program to distribute free diapers through food banks throughout the state, starting as early as March.

“COVID-19 has piled challenge after challenge onto hardworking New York families, including the ability to afford the products they need to care for their children,” Cuomo said. New York’s statewide unemployment rate in December topped 8%, up from about 4% a year earlier.

Baby2Baby, a national nonprofit, will donate 20 million diapers to establish the “diaper bank.” Baby2Baby cofounders and Co-CEOs Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof said they’ve seen a 350% increase in requests for diapers since the start of the pandemic almost a year ago. “You ask a low-income mom what her biggest struggle is, and she starts with diapers,” Weinstein said.




Information on applying for SNAP and WIC during the COVID-19

Have you or your family lost income recently?

You may be eligible for programs that help you get the food you need.

Get information on applying for SNAP and WIC during the COVID-19 outbreak, and learn how we can help.


Community partners: For the 2.2 million people living in NYS households who struggle against hunger, COVID-19 presents unique challenges. As more schools, child care centers, and meal sites are impacted, additional families may lose access to the programs that improve their nutrition, health, and well-being. Hunger Solutions New York is working to provide updates on the operation of federal nutrition assistance programs that can help schools, community organizations, and families mitigate the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the food security of low-income people.

We work to promote and maximize participation in key federal nutrition assistance programs.


As a statewide organization dedicated to alleviating hunger, our mission is more important than ever. Keep updated on developments.




Virtual small group discussions and individual interviews for Parents and Caregivers

Family Discussion for Parents/Caregivers of Children and Youth (ages 0 – 21) with Physical, Medical, Emotional and Learning Needs

Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) and The Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at University of Rochester Medical Center is recruiting families to participate in discussions about how to best support families in New York State (NYS) who have a child or youth with physical, medical, emotional or learning needs. In addition, we are working with local health departments (LHDs) to compile a regional resource directory and training materials that LHDs can use to support children and youth and their families in the future.
WIHD and The Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities at the University of Rochester Medical Center are engaged in this project through a grant from the NYS Department of Health.
We will be holding virtual small group discussions and individual interviews with eligible participants from May 2020 through June 2021.

Who is eligible?

  • Any person who lives in NYS; and is
  • A parent/guardian with caregiving responsibility of a child or youth (0-21) with physical, medical, emotional or learning needs; or
  • An individual (18-21) with physical, medical, emotional or learning needs.

Discussion Group Details:

  • 90-minute virtual group discussion; $75 compensation
  • 60-minute individual phone interview; $50 compensation

Interpreters available and sessions in Spanish available

For more information:

In the Hudson Valley and Upstate Region of NYS
Call or Email:
Susan at 914-719-7774 or
Jeannie at 914-719-7761 or
In the Western Region of NYS
Email: Melissa at


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