- Parent OutreachParent Outreach
Linking Parents To Community Resources The Parent Outreach Program was established in July of 2005, as a result of an effort to reach out to at-risk families and the need to join a collaborative effort to mobilize people and communities to support children and families. The purpose of the Parent Outreach Program is to coordinate effort, educate and empower parents, enabling them to: access resources needed by their family; advocate for themselves and their children; understand their rights and responsibilities as parents. What makes our program unique is our ability to collaborate with other agencies such as the Department of Children and Family Services to provide resources to children and their families in Child Protective Services/Foster Care. We go above and beyond what needs to be done in order to reunify families. The Parent Outreach Program serves families in Fresno County. Fresno is one of the 10 most populated counties in California and one of the 10 with the largest number of children ages birth to 13. Fresno County has the 6th lowest median income for a family with children under the age of 18. Thirty-four percent of children live in poverty, making Fresno 5th highest in California. We believe that partnerships involving entire communities help ensure the well-being of children and families in need. We truly believe, “it takes a village to raise a child”. Locally Parents: Have been involved in voter education and registration Are more involved in their schools Have been learning how the California Budget process works through our annual Knowledge is Power Day Have visited with legislators at the State Capitol to voice their concerns at our annual Stand for Children Day Parents have been involved with the Children's Movement in efforts to increase early literacy awareness and implement parent/child interaction through literacy at home. Parent Voices Join the Fresno Chapter of PARENT VOICES today! Children's Services Network sponsors the local Parent Voices group, which is parent-led and focuses on the immediate needs of parents and families. These parents collaboratively may address child care, housing, transportation, health insurance, adult literacy, parenting skills, and other selected topics. Within the group is the opportunity to develop leadership, advocacy, and community organizing skills. Building Parent Leadership Parents working together to solve the challenges of raising children discover new tools that expand the parental leadership abilities. The Parent Voices group supports the parents' needs and works to provide greater resources for parents. Parents are also given the knowledge to work for social change through existing institutions – such as school boards, civic organizations, and legislatures. Call Lou Hernandez at (559) 456-1100 for more information. Fresno parents attend Stand for Children Day in Sacramento: On Wednesday May 4, 2011 the Fresno Chapter of Parent Voices loaded up three buses of parents and headed to Sacramento for the annual Stand for Children Day Rally. Along with hundreds of families and advocates they made a presence to urge legislators to support the Governor’s revenue proposals to close the budget deficit; revenue generating bills that will bring in the necessary funding to protect and expand child care services and other safety net issues and the AB 419 (Mitchell) which will ensure licensed child care centers are visited annually. A very special thanks to our funders and supporters for caring about the families of the Central Valley: Statewide Parent Voices, California Partnership, Equal Voice for America’s Families, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Californian’s in Support of Early Education, TJX Foundation, and Save Mart-S.H.A.R.E.S. Program. What’s next? Get involved with Parent Voices and help make a difference. Attend parent meetings to plan local actions by working with other parents to build strong families and healthy communities. Fighting to keep their child care Fresno parent Keishea Pitts shared her personal story of struggles, accomplishments and how she has succeeded thanks to child care assistance. Taking action On October 2nd the Fresno Chapter of Parent Voices and the Fresno Chapter of Equal Voice for America’s Families held a year end picnic at Roeding Park to celebrate accomplishments and recognize members who worked very hard to make a difference by advocating for children and their families. Lastly, two very active members had the opportunity to visit our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. and express their views on the various issues they advocated for throughout the year. Costly raise Melanie Welch has been a Parent Voices activist for several years, attending the annual Stand for Children and speaking at the Capitol. The SMI campaign touches her very personally. “My boss wanted to give me a $1.25 raise,” she says, “but I had to decline,” to stay eligible for after-school care for six-year-old Faith. With the raise but no child care subsidy, Welch says, “I would have been more in the hole.” Really powerful With Parent Voices, Welch recently visited Assembly member Mark Leno (D, SF) to talk about the SMI. Juggling kids, job, and school (she hopes to get her B.A. this year), Welch makes Parent Voices a priority. She remembers going to her first meeting and finding it “just really powerful” to be with “a lot of women in our situation: hardworking single parents.” -Keishea Pitts To learn more about Parent Outreach or attend out monthly meetings Please, contact Lourdes Hernández at 256-0963
- Child and Family AdvocatesChild and Family Advocates
CHILD AND FAMILY ADVOCATES Child Care Law Center The Child Care Law Center uses legal tools to foster the development of quality, affordable child care--for every child, every parent and every community. CCLC works to expand child care options, particularly for low-income families, and to ensure that children are safe and nurtured in care outside the home. Child Development Policy Institute The Child Development Policy Institute's mission is to help establish sound public policy focused on what is best for the children of California. To that end, driven by the following basic goals for the child care system in California. Children's Defense Fund The mission of the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. I AM YOUR CHILD Foundation A national non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of early childhood development and school readiness KIDS COUNT KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children. Parent Services Project Parent Services Project (PSP) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to integrating family support into early childhood programs and the schools through training, technical assistance and education Parent Voices Parent Voices is a parent-led grassroots organization advocating to make quality child care affordable and accessible to all families. We are a rapidly growing chapter organization of parents in California. Stand for Children Stand for Children is a highly effective grassroots voice for children. They enable everyday people to join together in a strong, effective voice to win concrete changes for children.
- Join the Children’s MovementJoin the Children’s Movement
The Children’s Movement of Fresno believes that the well-being and education of our children in Fresno County must be the highest priority of government, business, non-profit institutions and families. The economic future of our county and the stability of the communities we live in depend on achieving this goal. The major objective of the citizen-led, non-partisan Children's Movement of Fresno is to inform the political, business and civic leaders, and the parents and people of this county, about this issue – and encourage them to make the well-being and education of our children our highest priority, including in the way we invest our public resources. Visit the Children's Movement Website
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