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Children's Week 2016
Chidren at State Capitol
Children's Week (Jan. 25th - 29th) at the Florida Capitol came early this year. The Capitol Rotunda was decorated with tens of thousands of children's hand art hung during the annual "Hanging of the Hands" on Sunday, January 24th. The hand art is decorated by children and their Children's Week logo teachers, and collected at child care centers and schools across the state. The hands hang in the Capitol Rotunda as a reminder to legislators and advocates that we must take care of our most precious commodity - our children.

Children's Day was Tuesday, Jan. 26th. For more pictures and information about this annual celebration, please visit http://childrensweek.org/
Parent Leadership Month
February is Parent Leadership Month, and we would like to share with you a great honor received by one of our Circle of Parents parent leaders. Corey Best, of Volusia/Flagler County Healthy Start, received a 2016 Casey Excellence for Children Award. Please see the news release below and watch the video featuring our own Corey Best. Congratulations Corey!
Birth Father
Corey Best is a single father and a local and national advocate for birth parent and family engagement. After successfully overcoming addiction, he developed his parenting skills and now has a strong relationship with his 6-year-old son. As the family engagement manager with the Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties in Florida, he trains child welfare staff and helps families develop their parenting and advocacy skills. He also spearheaded a pilot Parent Partner program to help families meet goals and achieve reunification. Corey serves on the Substance Exposed Newborn Task Force, and the Birth Parent National Network's Parent Council, ensuring that the voices of parents are heard.
View video story here: http://www.casey.org/2016-CECA#holly
Parents as Leaders Webinar
Did you miss out on the Parent Leadership webinar offered on Feb. 2nd? The response from the field was that this was a very informative webinar given in conjunction with the National Circle of Parents Organization and ANPPC (Alliance National Parent Partnership Council). If you would like to view the webinar, please watch it by copying and pasting the link below.

March is Reading Awareness Month
It is important to start to nurture the passion for reading at an early age. Young children respond to the colors contained in the pictures, get pleasure from turning the pages and develop vocabulary, based on the words they hear from the pages of a book. As your child gets older, you can help further their passion for reading. They look forward to the entertainment and socialization gained from listening to a story, either one-on-one or at a story time session in a library.
Practice reading aloud. Reading out loud will force your child to recite each word. Furthermore, your child is not only seeing the words, he's hearing them as well. Take turns reading aloud; many standardized tests require a student to listen to a passage and answer a series of questions.
Reread old favorites: Create a nook in your home with a variety of books that you read to your children when they were younger. Allow them to reread the selections. Rereading old favorites allows your child to concentrate on decoding words quickly. Since they have already heard the word before, they can process the contents and become more fluent in interpreting the meaning of the story.
Discuss what they read in school: Use carpool and dinner times to discuss the selections they read in school. Ask them to summarize a poem or book they heard in class. Question your child about the author and content of the book. Even if he or she can't remember all the details the first time, if your child knows you will ask, he or she will pay attention more closely the next time.
2016 Caregiver Guides
2016 Caregiver's Guide cover
The 2016 Family Development: A Caregiver's Guide, available in English, Spanish and Creole is available for ordering through our website. These parenting guides are offered free of charge to residents of Florida, and are a valuable tool for agencies serving parents and families. To place your 2016 order, please go to http://www.ounce.org/CAP_resources_order_form.html
Child Abuse Prevention Month
Pinwheels for Prevention logo
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the annual kickoff will be on March 31st at the Florida Governor's Mansion. First Lady Ann Scott is delighted to offer her home for the kickoff and will read to children invited to a reading circle in the mansion. Afterwards, they will help plant pinwheels in the public garden area of the mansion. Pinwheels are still available for ordering, so if you haven't ordered for your April events, contact Alexa Kyros at (850) 921-4494 ext. 141 or akyros@ounce.org for an order form.
We would like to welcome our new Circle of Parents groups:  
The Early Learning Coalition of Broward County is sponsoring six new groups.
 Glichrist/Levy/Dixie/Suwannee Healthy Families Florida is adding three additional groups.
 Walton County Department of Health
 Living Stones International, Tallahassee, Fl.
 St. John's County Healthy Families is adding two additional groups
Hernando County Department of Health
Training Request!

To schedule an initial or refresher facilitator training, contact Training Specialist, Jean Gibson at jgibson@ounce.org or 850.921.4494 ext. 202

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