Mother Father please explain to me
Why the world’s so full of mystery
A place so bitter and still so sweet
So beautiful and yet so full of sad, sad

Dave Matthews Band, Mother Father.

Greetings to All!

This Buzz has been very painful to write, and we expect that it will touch a lot of already raw nerves. Still, we must take the time and have the courage to talk honestly about race, especially to our children, and to work individually and together against the inequities and injustices that African American men, women, and children confront every day. The sad truth is that racism is an old truth, centuries old, in fact, and that’s heart-breaking.

This Buzz will connect you with the new series we have humbly begun: Talking about Race. You can read more about the series below. We also share with you less disturbing information about the goings-on in the Parent Center network, summer camp information, and other resources you may find useful.

Our best to you all,
The CPIR Team | Debra, Debi, Lisa, Sitara, and Myriam


New Series: Talking about Race

Makes you want to shudder, doesn’t it? Actually talking about racial matters, doing something about it? The series is designed to build a foundation of cultural awareness that leads to positive action within ourselves and in our communities. Stand-alone pages identify resources for:

Looking within ourselves
Listening to and learning from others
Talking to our children
Helpful websites and organizations

Access the Talking about Race landing page and begin the journey at:


Mark Your Calendars!

For what? | The National Parent Center Capacity Building Virtual Conference!
When? | Tuesday, September 22nd; Tuesday, September 29th; and Tuesday October 6th. Registration information to come soon!
Download the flyer about the conference.


For Sharing with Your Families

Online Camps Fill Kids’ Summer with Learning Adventures
(Also available in Spanish)
Virtual camps and classes offer a wide variety of enrichment to keep kids busy, learning, and having fun — while practicing safe social distancing.

How to Foster Resilience in Kids
This article from the Child Mind Institute explores why it takes a caring community to help kids recover from trauma.

Q&A: Guidance for Youth with Mental Illness and Families on Transition to Adult Life
This Q&A developed by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers advice and guidance to youth with mental illness and families to help make the transition to adult life.


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