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2019 Parent Leadership Conference #TheTimeIsNow

 

New Jersey Institute of Technology | Campus Center  

154 Summit Street | Newark, NJ 07102

Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

                                                                                                                                                                    Click here for more information 

2017-18 School Performance Reports Are Available

SOURCE:  New Jersey Department of Education

Today, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) publicly released 2017-18 School Performance Reports on the NJDOE website andwww.njschooldata.org.

We are excited to share these valuable resources with communities. The reports share with students, families, educators and the public over 300 data points that together build a picture of overall school performance.

Action Alert - NJ Children & Youth with Autism

ACTION ALERT | NJ Children & Youth with Autism

    See key information below or click here to download a pdf file:Group of children

AUTISM BENEFIT  New Jersey is seeking approval for an amendment to the NJ Medicaid State Plan to include Autism Spectrum Disorder related services for (EPSDT) eligible individuals.  The State Plan Amendment would provide individuals with autism the following:

  • Access to an individually planned and coordinated set of services for individuals up to age 21 (services currently stop at age 13)
  • A plan of care that includes parent/caregiver/youth choice and maximizes an individual’s

SPAN Co-Director Receives 2018 FFCMH Reclaiming Children Award

Diana Autin, Executive Co-Director of the SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), received the 2018 Reclaiming Children Award from the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health at their Annual Conference in Houston, Texas.  The Reclaiming Children Award recognizes “outstanding efforts at the local and state level on behalf of children experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families,” and is awarded to “an exceptional individual who has made significant contributions to enhancing the lives of children and their families.”

Her nomination notes, “Shortly after

News from Washington about Affordable Care Act

Source: National Family Voices

The big news this week is the election. Bottom line:  In the next Congress, which begins on January 3, Democrats will hold a majority in the House, and Republicans will hold a majority in the Senate. This means that Congress will not be able to repeal the Affordable Care Act or fundamentally change the Medicaid program, if all House Democrats oppose such measures. In three states, voters approved Medicaid expansion, and in four other states, the governors-elect support Medicaid expansion while their opponents did not. More details below.

It's OPEN ENROLLMENT

SPAN Awarded Two Parent Center Technical Assistance Center Cooperative Agreements

The SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is pleased to announce their successful renewal of two cooperative agreements from the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP): (1) The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) and (2) Navigating Excellence — Parent Center Assistance and Collaboration Team (NE-PACT).

Both grants support the Parent Center Network — Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs) — throughout the country.

Federal Judge Maintains Protections for DACA!

The Murphy administration hailed a federal judge's decision today to deny a motion by Texas and seven other states to end protections for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

New Jersey had intervened as a defendant in the case.

"Today is a win for thousands of New Jerseyans who proudly call our state home — and hundreds of thousands of DREAMers nationwide who have known no other nation than ours," Gov. Phil Murphy and state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a joint statement.

The Latest News on Changes to NJ Statewide Assessments

Source:  NJ Department of Education
     On July 10, Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet and the NJDOE Assessment team released the assessment tour report and proposed regulations which will be presented to the State Board of Education tomorrow.
The proposed changes for State Board review include:
  • Streamlining graduation requirements by reducing the number of required tests in high school from six to two.
  • Ensuring that educators and parents receive test data in a timely manner.
  • Providing flexibility for first-year English learners on the English language proficiency test.
Additional changes not

Multi-Cultural/Lingual TV Shows on Developmental MIlestones in Young Children!

Interested in learning about developmental milestones in young children? 

Check out these TV shows representing eight (8) different cultures and languages at https://shriver.umassmed.edu/community-resources/cultural-resources/1-2-3-grow

 

 

 

SPAN Awarded Funding to Continue as NJ's Family to Family Health Information Center!

We are pleased to announce that SPAN received word today that we have been refunded to continue to serve as NJ's Family to Family Health Information Center! Excited to be able to inform and empower families of children and youth with special healthcare needs as leaders in their families, communities, our state, and nation! Check out our F2F resources at www.spanadvocacy.org/…/family-family-health-information-cen… and our Health Advocacy Toolkit at www.spanadvocacy.org/content/health-advocacy-toolkit.

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