Mom and her two sonsBuzz from the Hub, March 2017, Issue 2

Theme: Serving Our Diverse Communities

This issue of the Buzz from the Hub emphasizes resources that help us build strong communities and understand the communities we serve. Connect with new resources in the disability field, new websites to explore, and newly updated materials on the Hub to share with your Spanish-speaking families.

We hope these resources will support the great work you continue to do with families from all walks of life.

The CPIR Team | Debra, Lisa, Jessica, Myriam, and Ana-Maria


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Resources to Serve Our Communities

Building Community, Building Hope
Developed for service providers, the Prevention Resource Guide highlights strategies to strengthen families by promoting key protective factors that prevent child abuse and neglect. It also includes tip sheets in both English and Spanish that you can share with parents.

Videos: Best Practices in Parent, Family, and Community Engagement
The Office of Head Start has released this Best Practices video series to support Head Start programs’ efforts to engage families and communities. The 7 videos in the series highlight examples of innovative approaches to engagement that foster strong relationships with families and lead to positive outcomes for children and their families.

Tribal Sovereignty: 2 from NAPTAC
Speaking of cultural awareness and the communities we serve… if your Parent Center works with Native Americans or Alaska Natives, new briefs from NAPTAC are must-reads. Tribal Sovereignty and Treaty Making lays the historical foundation, and Tribal Sovereignty and Outreach to Native Families offers important perspectives on how sovereignty can impact Parent Center outreach to tribal communities.

Resilience Tools Can Help Military Kids Develop Self-Advocacy
The Branch has identified some cool tools for military children to help them grow essential self-advocacy skills. They’re aimed at children ages 4 through middle school. These free tools were created to promote resilience and the ability to adapt to adverse circumstances or trauma.

7 Special Needs Parenting Podcasts Worth Listening To
For busy parents, podcasts are one easy way to keep informed, because podcasts can be downloaded and listened to at any time. Here’s a list of 7 podcasts that Friendship Circle recommends for parents of children with physical, developmental, emotional, or intellectual needs.

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What’s New to Know About?

CPIR’s updated several pages on the Hub that we thought you’d like to know about. These include:

Otras Leyes Importantes (Other Important Laws)
Connect Spanish-speaking families with info on ESSA, the ADA, Section 504, and other civil rights law.

Down Syndrome Fact Sheet in English and Spanish

Conducta/Comportamiento (Behavior)

Newly Launched!

National Center on Improving Literacy
NCIL has just launched its website. The center is funded to provide technical assistance to families to improve literacy outcomes for children in pre-K through grade 12 with (or at risk of) literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia. Lots of tools and resources are available, and more are on their way. Check it out, at:


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The CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR is listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Debra, Myriam, Jessica, Lisa, and Ana-Maria 
The CPIR Team


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