CFSA Colleagues and Partners:
The wonderful, transformative program getting underway in the District deserves a better name than “IV-E waiver” (z-z-z-z-z-z). Please help us give this worthy effort an appealing identity as other jurisdictions have done. We’ve narrowed the field to three choices, and you can play a part in picking the winner. To cast your vote, use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K2NS9L8.
Need background to make the best choice? Here’s a short refresher about what we hope to do under the waiver:Over the next five years, CFSA will spearhead development of a more robust local safety net that includes best practices in child abuse prevention and support services. Families all over town will be able to tap effective services in their neighborhoods before difficulties overwhelm them. Help will range from one-time or short-term supports to long-term, intensive assistance depending on what families need. The Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaboratives will serve as the primary coordinators for these services and will ensure they are available throughout the city.
Your vote must be in by Wednesday, April 30, so please don’t delay. We very much appreciate your help.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
@OneCityYouth asked this important question and knowing my readers can help out, I decided to blog. If you are a school (DC Public School, public charter school, or private school), feel free to Tweet One City Youth. Even better, add your social media information to this list so everyone can find you! You'll see that the info requested is expansive―and it includes PTAs/PTOs so those organizations should also provide their information.
Monday, April 21, 2014
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(Updated 4/21/14 9:46a)
On April 22 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Langley Education Campus (101 T S NE), Mayor Gray will present a special first year progress report on the implementation stage of Sustainable DC.
As pleased as DCEN is with the progress, the organization also believes that the river cleanup and other work must be accelerated. According to the email from DCEN:
Mayor Gray will not be Mayor in 2015 and it is not clear that the current candidates for this office will support a sustainability plan for the District. The environmental community needs a strong showing at this first year progress report and other sustainability focused events over the next 8 months to make it clear to decision makers that we want to make real progress on Sustainable DC now and after the Gray Administration leaves office.
LOT'S OF WORK TO DO: Our work has just begun. We all need to work hard to accelerate progress to clean up our rivers; reduce carbon emissions; develop a meaningful zero waste plan that does not include incineration; and continue to pressure our elected officials to promote sustainability principles with every decision that is made.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
From the event page (Update: Link updated 4/21/14 8a):
Terry Golway, director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy, recounts Tammany Hall politics in New York City. The author contends that the political machine that controlled the city's Democratic Party in the 19th century has been miscast as crooked. Instead, he asserts that Tammany Hall afforded immigrants to New York a political voice and was responsible for social and political reforms, which included greater worker's compensation and a ban on child labor. Terry Golway speaks at the Irish Arts Center in New York City.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
I love this from Fast Company: Pixar President Ed Catmull On How To Run A Creative Business. I don't know about you, but while I love my first ideas, they are rarely where I end up. And that is good; my last ideas, those that have been massaged and edited and torn apart, are much better.
What about your first ideas?
The event takes place at Virginia Williams Family Resource Center (33 N St NE).
Background from the release:
The Department of Human Services (DHS), in collaboration with TCP and THC, has launched an aggressive initiative to identify 500 apartments for homeless families in 100 days. Mayor Gray met with the Apartment and Office Building Association (AOBA) in the first week of the campaign, which began April 1, to advocate for housing on behalf of homeless families. He will continue the appeal to landlords and for-profit as well as not-for-profit developers to identify quality, affordable housing for families currently living in temporary shelters.