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New Name for Birth to Five
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 Volume 8, Issue 16
April 17, 2013
Tragedy in Boston
Generations United joins the rest of America in mourning those who lost their lives or were injured in the bombings in Boston. Our hearts go out to everyone affected and our thanks go to the brave individuals who rendered aid and comfort.
The Budget Impact

The President released his Budget last week. Here are just a few highlights of how it would impact older adults and children.


Good news:

  • Makes major investments in parent, early childhood, and prekindergarten
    • An additional $11 billion over 10 years for voluntary home visiting programs
    • Expanded high-quallity child care for infant and toddlers ($1.4 billion in 2014)
    • High quality pre-kindergarten programs for four-year-olds in low- and moderate-income families ($66 billion over 10 years  funded through an increased cigarette tax) Additional information about the President's early learning plan    
  • Eliminates sequester cuts to Meals on Wheels and the Older Americans Act
  • Protects Medicaid

Bad news:

  • Cuts the Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment by switching to the chained consumer price index (CPI) to calculate the adjustment. Could potentially impact older adults, members of the disability community and the more than 6.5 billion children who benefit from Social Security as part of their family income
  • Cuts low-income energy assistance
  • Cuts senior job programs, many of which engage older adults in support of children

Find links to the President's Budget and statements from the White House about the budget's potential impact on Seniors and Children.  

17th International Conference
Wednesday's Keynoters Will Have You Hungering for More
Make sure you join us for the Wednesday keynote when an interactive panel of policy experts and leaders discuss  the current political climate and important role of supportive intergenerational public policies and programs. Panelists will include: Bob Blancato, president of Matz, Blancato, & Associates, and national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition; Carolyn Colvin, Action Commissioner for the Social Security Administration; Susan Dreyfus, CEO of the Alliance for Families & Children; and Aaron Smith, co-founder and executive director of Young Invincibles. Learn more.

This Wednesday keynote is among the many inspirational moments you'll share at the conference. In the coming weeks, you'll get a sneak peak at the myriad workshops, roundtables, poster sessions, and other keynotes you don't want to miss! Register now.
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The National Urban Institute Issues 37th Edition of the State of Black America
This year's edition of the State of Black America, Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America, commemorates the milestones that have occurred in black history in the 50 years since the height of the civil rights movement. The 37th Edition features essays by an esteemed group of thought-leaders from leading corporations, not-for-profit organizations, academia and news media, as well as members of the President's cabinet and federal lawmakers. Learn more.
Birth to Five Changes Name, Expands Policy Focus
The "Birth to Five Policy Alliance" is changing its name to the "Alliance for Early Success" (the Alliance) and extending its policy focus through age eight. Created in 2005, the core mission is the same: improving state policies for vulnerable children starting at the earliest time. The expanded age range is based on the science of how children develop and the latest research in early childhood. Learn more. 
Funding Opportunities
Capital Grants. The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is offering capital grants for qualified organizations that provide services in: Older Adults; Workforce Development; Basic Human Needs and Health; Disabilities, Education, Children, Youth and Families; and General Community Support. Letters of Intent received on a rolling basis. Learn more.

Key Transitions in Postsecondary Education.USA Funds. Seeking proposals for programs that provide educational support services benefiting low- income students, first-generation students, students of color, foster youth, and adult learners in an effort to increase their persistence to complete college. Deadline: May 24. Learn more.


Lawrence Foundation Grants. Makes grants to US-based qualified charitable organizations, primarily those address human services, the environment, and disaster relief. Deadline: April 30. Learn more. 


Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Grants. Seeks concept papers

for innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology and the environment. Deadline: June 1, 2013. Learn more. 


Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Exchanges. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Seeks individuals and entities to provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Deadline: June 7, 2013. Learn more. 


Youth Service America (YSA) Grants. Each year, YSA supports youth-led service with over $1 million in YSA Grants. Learn more.        
Great Resources


Grandparenting in Europe. Grandparents Plus. Shows how European grandparents are playing an increasingly important but invisible role providing essential childcare for free while parents work. Learn more.


EMIL's European Year 2012 Roundtable Events: Final Reports. European Map of Intergenerational Learning (EMIL). Based on findings from a series of roundtable events held across Europe by EMIL members. The discussions brought together an audience of people of different ages to consider key questions from their own national perspectives. Learn more. 


Online Resources

Growing Old Around the Globe. University of Pennsylvania. Six-week online course analyzes critical questions about age and ageing around the world. Course begins June 10. Learn more.    


New website for Generations, Inc. Our colleagues in Boston have debuted a a great new website full of helpful information and resources. Learn more. 


Ideas for Intergenerational Living Newsletter. Penn State Extension. Free online newsletter that covers a broad range of topics. Learn more. 



After School Innovators & Middle School Success. After School Alliance and MetLife Foundation. Highlights last year's MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award winners and offers helpful tips about the selection process. Thurs., April 25 at 3:00pm ET. Learn more.


Protect Your Finances: Tips to Avoid Financial Fraud. AARP and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). Discusses spotting common warning signs of a scam, researching if investment products are right for you, and checking out your financial professional. Tues., April 23 at 2:00pm ET. Learn more.   
2013 National Lifespan Respite Conference and Grantee Meeting.

Massachusetts Lifespan Respite Coalition and ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Boston. October 15-18, 2013. Learn more.

"Answers on Aging." National Association of Area Agencies on Aging's 38th Annual Conference & Tradeshow. Louisville. July 27-31, 2013. Learn more. 



iConnect Generations Expo. GEDCO and Y of Central Maryland. Baltimore, MD. Fri., May 10, 2013. Learn more. 


Intergenerational Fashion Show

Spring Into Summer. Bridges Together. Maynard, MA. Sun., April 28, 2013. Learn more. 


Health Promotion  

Annual Active Aging Week Health Promotion Event. International Council on Active Aging. For 2013, the theme "Discover your community," encourages older adults and the organizations that serve them to focus on developing a more active community as part of an overall wellness objective. Learn more.


"Let us take care of the children, because they have a long way to go. Let us take care of the elders, because they have come a long way. Let us take care of those in between, because they are doing the work." - Nelson Mandela 

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