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This Buzz is divided into 2 sections: (1) honoring the upcoming holiday of Juneteenth, a celebration of resilience and freedom since 1865; and (2) taking a whirlwind ride through CentersConnect, CPIR’s community square where Parent Centers gather with news, resources, questions, and content.

CentersConnect is a tad more than 1 year old, and it amazes us more each day. The diversity of groups within and the resources they share are worth many a repeat visit, cos there’s always something new being shared. Rather than keep great nuggets to ourselves (CC is just for Parent Centers), we’re going to occasionally share postings in the Buzz, where everyone has access to them!

Our best to you, and may Juneteenth ring!

The CPIR Team


Celebrating Juneteenth 2022

Juneteenth: Freedom At Last | Video
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This 5-minute video beautifully explains why this day is celebrated every year.

When and where is Juneteenth being celebrated this year? Juneteenth is a U.S. federal holiday signed into law by President Biden in 2021. The federal holiday is being publicly observed on Monday, June 20th. Numerous states also commemorate the holiday, although the actual date of celebration may vary state to state. Find out if and when your state will observe Juneteenth.

Want to join in this day of celebration? Learn more about the roots of Juneteenth and its continued unfolding. Acknowledge the day and encourage others to do the same. Include the color red in your event; it symbolizes sacrifice and transition. Support Black-owned businesses. Donate to supportive organizations. Google Juneteeth celebrations in your state or locale, and join in. Bring friends!

CentersConnect | Share, Question, Enjoy

CPIR created CentersConnect as a virtual “community square” where Parent Centers can gather for all sorts of exchange. In CC, centers can ask for guidance about sticky issues, spotlight resources, zero in on topics of shared interest, or just prosper from the posts of colleagues. We’re pleased to share a sampling of resource postings from just the past month, to give Parent Centers* a taste of the tools and treats to be found in CentersConnect.

Webinar: Expanding Alternatives to Guardianship
June 21, 2022 @ 3 Eastern (Register at link above)
The National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems presents how systems are expanding alternatives to guardianship, such as supported decision making. Posted by Lauren Agoratus.

PEATC Digital Portfolio for Families
PEATC’s Digital Portfolio takes the letter of intent “up a notch.” It allows parents and guardians of individuals with disabilities the ability to organize personal, educational, medical, and legal information and documentation in a portable, digital format. Posted by TBurns.

The Four Functions of Behavior
Our behaviors make sense and have functions, even if those aren’t always clear. Understanding the four functions of behavior can help us discern what needs are driving children’s (and adults’!) undesirable behavior. Posted by Michele Tyler.

RAISE Youth Needs Assessment Toolkit
This toolkit can support your efforts to more effectively engage with and understand youth needs and experiences. Posted by Lauren Agoratus.

Supporting Families: Young Children and Gun Violence
(Available in Spanish) Resource from Zero to Three, to help adults meet the unique needs of infants and young children in addressing the effects of trauma in the aftermath of violence. Posted by Lisa Sanderson.

**Note: CentersConnect is designed for Parent Centers and, as such, requires a password. To make the highlighted resources below accessible to everyone, we’ve used links to the actual publishers, not to any posting in CC.

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