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Bold Steps for Children Newsletter
JUNE 2014  

I cannot believe June is here already! There are many exciting events and activities taking place this summer that are in this month's newsletter.

I want to be sure you know about the Silicon Valley's Parent Story Project presentation that will take place on June 18th, from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Microsoft.  The goal of the Parent Story Project is to understand what it is like to be a parent in Silicon Valley through parent surveys and focus groups. The results will be presented at the June 18th meeting and there will be an opportunity engage in a community dialogue of how we can best support the needs of our region's parents and young children.

This event is filling up fast, so register right away.

Have a wonderful month!

Dana Bunnett, Director
Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, successful in life!


Kids in Common advocates for policies, partnerships and investments that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County. The cornerstone of our work is the Children's Agenda, a county-wide initiative working to create measurable, positive change for Santa Clara County children and families.
Community Events
Educare Ground Breaking -
Please join our public-private coalition as we break ground on California's first Educare center.  Educare of California at Silicon Valley (ECSV) will join a national network of high-quality early learning and training centers.
Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. - noon
Location: Santee Elementary School / Educare Site, 1313 Audubon Drive, San Jose
To learn more about Educare of California at Silicon Valley, please visit: www.educareSV.org

Festival in the Park 2014;
Free, family event featuring dancing, live entertainment, Wild zone, jump houses and much more!!!
Date: June 7, 2014
Time: 11:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Hellyer Park
For more information: www.parkhere.org or email: parkinfo@prk.sccgov.org; 408-355-2201

Integrating Effective Mentoring Strategies and Services into Youth Services Webinar:
Learn about the mentoring strategies and services showcased in the recently released, "Mentoring Youth and Young Parents: A Guidebook for Programs Helping Youth and Young Parents Navigate a Pathway to Self-Sufficiency." This webinar will offer nationally-recognized strategies for developing and implementing a mentoring program. You will also learn more through mentor program experiences shared by two Young Parents Demonstration Programs; and receive tips about quality standards and available resources from a mentor from The National Mentoring Partnership. You won't want to miss this valuable session!
Start Date:June 9th 02:00PM Eastern
Time End Date
: June 9th 03:30PM Eastern Time
For more information go to:

Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at MACLA is hosting the Que Onda Summer Program;
Join them for video production, music production, and photography courses this summer. Free for youth ages 13-18.
Date: June 11th - August 8th
Time: 1 - 5 PM
Location: 510 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
For More Information contact: Michelle Torres at

Center for Training & Careers Inc. (A proud affiliate of the National Council of La Raza) is hosting a Pre-GED and GED Summer Program for Ages 14-24
June 16- August 15
Time: 8:30 -12:30 Monday-Friday
Location: 749 Story Road, Suite 10
For More Information: Caroline Sailor at 408-213-0961 ext 30

Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) Center for Early Learning's Parent Story Project.
Please join community leaders, funders, parents, educators and elected officials at this event.  Hear the key findings from the Parent Story Project - the first local study examining what it is like to be a parent in Silicon Valley. Engage in a community dialogue of how we can best support the needs of our region's parents and young children
Date: June 18, 2014
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Microsoft, 1065 La Avenida Street, Mountain View.
For more information and registration go to: http://bit.ly/1ispRe9 or call 650.450.5497

Save the Date! Latino-Latina Role Model Conference- Planting the seeds of college-going dreams into the minds of our students;
featuring doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, probation officers, police officers, firefighters, journalists and other professions.  All students welcome!  Free breakfast burritos, free lunch, free raffle, free registration.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
Time: 8:30 am - 2:30pm
Location: W. C. Overfelt High School, 1835 Cunningham Ave, San Jose, CA 95122
For More Information Contact:Esau Herrera, Conference Director EsauLawyer@gmail.com

For Your Reading Pleasure


By Kathryn Hanson and Deborah Stipek
Special to the Mercury News
Posted:   05/16/2014 02:00:00 PM PDT
We cite some sobering statistics about the link between poor education and incarceration, note what works for sudents--including tutoring--and finish by calling on Californians to support education over incarceration. Read More...

Free Kidpower article: How "Stranger Danger Hurts Kids: "Stranger Safety" Empowers Kids with Knowledge and Skills. These skills teach kids how to stay safe around strangers, and that when they're having an emergency, they may need to ask for help from someone they don't know. See the very popular article Here
Volunteer Opportunities


Child Advocates is currently seeking individuals, 21 and over, to become a volunteer Child Advocate to one of the nearly 200 foster youth on our waiting list. Contact Amalia at amalia@cadvocates.org or visit www.bemyadvocate.org for more information.

The Local Early Education Planning Council (LPC) of Santa Clara County is seeking individuals who are interested in applying for membership to the Council. 
Funded by the California Department of Education and housed at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the mission of the LPC is to assess, represent, and promote the Early Care & Education needs of children and families in the community.  Applicants must work or live in Santa Clara County, and exhibit: a strong commitment to advocating for increased quality child care services; an ability to make information-based decisions; and excellent leadership skills.  If you are interested in submitting an application, please contact Michael Garcia at 408-453-6649 or michael_garcia@sccoe.org.

Inspire Students at Local Elementary Schools with Junior Achievement!   Junior Achievement prepares youth for economic success through a short series of age-appropriate lessons on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. You can volunteer to work in schools to teach these lessons (the teacher will still be in the classroom to provide support).  
Date: Flexible
Time: Flexible. One mandatory one-hour training.
Location: Any school (includes all schools and after-school programs i.e. public, private, charter, etc.)
For more information: Amanda Lopez, District  Manager, Silicon Valley 408-217-7906,
Collaborative Community Program (CCP) is Seeking Mentors:
(nonprofit status pending) is seeking mentors for children from Washington Elementary School in downtown San Jose.  CCP is a 3-year-old organization, Mentors meet with children K-5 on Thursdays from 3:30-5pm at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library. 
For more information contact:  CCPSantaClara@gmail.com, Rochelle @ 408.634.2125.  More info on Facebook:  Collaborative Community Program.  
We'd love to hear from you!
If you have a story or an opportunity that 
 you would like to share in a future newsletter, please send us an email!  info@kidsincommon.org  
Community Resources

Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley Summer Enrichment Program for youth ages 6 - 18:
Join us for an exciting summer filled with fun, friends and adventure! And NEW for 2014, Teen programming: Preparing our youth for college, career and life!
Dates: June 16 - August 1, 2014
Times: Ages 6 - 12          7:30am - 6:00PM
              Ages 13 - 18       1:00PM - 5:00PM
Locations: 6 Locations in San Jose and Morgan Hill.
For more info visit www.bgclub.org or call us at (408) 957-9685

Summit Schools in San Jose are accepting 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Graders for Fall 2014.
Summit Schools is a public, tuition-free, charter school model with track record of success:  
API scores for 2012 over 820 for both Rainier and Tahoma, 100% of students prepared to enter 4-year university, Small and personalized, 
Physically and emotionally safe environment 
Visit www.summitsanjose.org for more information

Kidpower's Public Workshops for children, teens, and adults
offer age-appropriate, experiential personal safety skills training relevant to the ages and life situations of the students. We have different workshops for ages 3 to adults, and each dynamic, upbeat workshop teaches boundary setting, advocacy, stranger safety, help-seeking, and other skills to support safe, positive experiences with people, including strangers as well as friends, family, and peers - see our Public
Workshop schedule at: http://www.kidpower.org/what-we-do/california-services/schedule/

If you know of youth facing expulsion,
Legal Advocates for Children & Youth
may be able to connect you with
a free lawyer to represent your child
in a school expulsion hearing.
Please Call (408) 280-2416

Looking for resources to help advocate for Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars to support early learning and development?
Check out Children Now's new campaign here with resources: http://ow.ly/uLxwd. Sign up for The Children's Movement of California to receive more talking points, tips and tools that will be released over the coming weeks and months:  http://ow.ly/uKQ9

hosts weekly Open Dance Sessions at the Edenvale Community Center. Open Dance Sessions. Youth and young adults are invited to come hone their Hip Hop Dance skills during our weekly sessions inside the Edenvale Dance Studio/Gym
When: Every Wednesday & Thursday from 8p-10p
Where: Edenvale Community Center, 330 Branham Lane, San Jose
Cost:: $3
Contact:: Program Director Demone Carter 408.320.5022 (futureartsnow@gmail.com)
Visit www.futureartsnow.org

"In its first major update since 2009, Kidsdata.org has been completely redesigned to make it quicker and easier for you to find, customize, and use data on more than 500 measures of children's health and well being in California. To see what's new, Click Here.
The 2014 California Children's Report Card: How Kids Are Doing in Our State and What Needs to Be Done About It, a study released by Children Now, covers 27 critical education, health and child welfare issues and provides a comprehensive evaluation of the current status of California's kids. Read the Report Card here.


CalFresh (Food Stamps) Outreach and Application Assistance Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties can do pre-screening, answer questions and help clients complete applications for CalFresh benefits.  
Date:  Ongoing.  Application assistance can be arranged for weekdays, weekends and evenings.
Location:  Community locations throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
For more information: Call Second Harvest's Food Connection, 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, 1-800-984-3663 or
Free Food for Families - Free food resources are available to low-income families through Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  Our region's Family Harvest, Produce Mobile, Pantries and Prepared Meal programs can accept more participants.
Dates: Ongoing.  Food distributions and meal programs are available weekdays and on weekends.
Location:  Community locations throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
For more information: Call Second Harvest's Food Connection, 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, 1-800-984-3663 or http://www.shfb.org/getfood

For all of our MFCC's and Other Professionals Under the Board of Behavioral Sciences: Kidpower is now certified as a Continuing Education Provider under the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences! For more information on what Kidpower does, go to www.kidpower.org


Kaiser Permanente Child Health Program
Did you know that Kaiser Permanente in California insures low income children who are not eligible for Medi-Cal or Covered California through its Child Health Program? But with all of the confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many mixed status and immigrant families do not know that the program is an option for their child. The Child Health Program is pleased to offer a quality option in California that gives children the health care they need for just $0, $10 or $20 per child, per month, for up to three children, depending on the family's income. Additional children are covered at no extra premium. There are also no copays (no charge) for services at KP facilities.
For More Information: Contact Sarah Hurd at sarah.m.hurd@kp.org.  Additional info (including eligibility guidelines and how to apply) can be also be found by clicking here. 

PARENT PROJECT. The Parent Project is a 12 week program which offers classes through the Santa Clara County. The program is specifically designed for parents with difficult or out-of-control adolescents. Parents learn specific prevention and intervention strategies for destructive behaviors.
For more information: www. ParentProject.com 
or call: 408.808.3794 or email  parentproject@da.sccgov.org

Silicon Valley Kids Climate Club.

This club offers children - and grownups - important lessons about conserving  energy and water, recycling trash and finding new food sources.  Supervisor Dave Cortese started the Climate Kids Club to introduce children in grades 3 through 12 to simple tips they can use to help protect the environment.  If you would like Supervisor Cortese to give a presentation to your school or youth group, call (408) 299-3050 or email  dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org  


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