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Lunch & Learns

Our October Lunch & Learn: Accessing Early Childhood Special Education Services

Join us for a training Thursday October 15th at 1 pm hosted by the Children's Mental Health Campaign, featuring Marisol Garcia, Director and Managing Attorney of the Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids at Health Law Advocates, and Aditi Subramaniam, LMHC, R-DMT, IECMH-E®, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Partnership Manager at MSPCC.

This month's Lunch & Learn will focus on accessing Early Childhood Special Education Services from school districts and navigating barriers created by remote learning systems and COVID-19. The training articulates the current Department of Public Health and Department of Early Education and Care policies and highlights the tools developed by MHAP for Kids to track the services that young children are receiving, monitor regressions, and note any new concerns. This training will also provide advocacy tips regarding pending assessments and team meetings.

Click the link below to learn more about the current landscape and register to attend:

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our September Lunch & Learn: Navigating Special Education as We Return to School.

If you were unable to join us, you can watch the webinar here:

To view our first Lunch & Learn and associated toolkit regarding navigating special-education services for children at home, click here:

Census & Voting

2020 Election: What does it mean to vote for kids?

Elected officials at the local, state, and federal level are making decisions about how to take care of children and families in crisis, promote racial justice, ensure children have access to health and behavioral health care, promote equitable education policies, and so much more.

Voting for kids means voting for elected officials who keep the best interest of children at the forefront of their work.

Learn more about the impact of your vote, explore children's issues at stake in this election, and find resources for making a plan to vote here:

The deadline to register to vote in Massachusetts is October 24th.

2020 Census

There's still time! The deadline for completing the Census has been extended until October 31st. Fill out your Census today:

Updates and REminders.

STRONG Support for Children Act

Led by Congresswoman Pressley, this federal bill would establish two new grant programs to support local Public Health Departments in addressing trauma and ensure that programming is conveniently located and accessible to all children and families regardless of immigration status, ability to pay, and prior involvement in the criminal legal system.

The Children's Mental Health Campaign has endorsed this bill, and we will continue to advocate at the federal level for its passage.

School-based Behavioral Health Survey

Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and the Campaign have developed a survey that asks questions about families' experiences receiving school-based services and supports for the social, emotional, and behavioral health and wellbeing of their children and families.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and parents/caregivers are able to skip any questions they do not feel like answering. The survey is available in 7 languages (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Simple Chinese)

Your opinions are critically important and will guide the direction of policy recommendations and advocacy during the 2021-2022 legislative session. All participation is voluntary and all responses are anonymous. Thank you!

Please reach out to Daniela Reyes at daniela.reyes@childrens.harvard.edu or 617-919-3069 if you have any questions or concerns.

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The pandemic has disproportionately impacted young children from low-income Black and Latino communities. They have paid the biggest price in terms of family illness, loss of loved ones, uncertainty and disruption. Children who experience difficulty and trauma in their lives need play as a critically important vehicle for adapting to stress.
"It felt different, but it felt really good to be back because it's been six months. What was different about it was when I first walked in, the entire school smelled very sanitized, I guess. There was a lot of hand sanitizer around, and there were even tracks on the floor that directed in which direction you should be walking.

This article includes a 7 minute audio clip.

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