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Latino Astronaut Frank Caldeiro Participates in USF's ENLACE Program
Sunday, November 10, 2002 For the past two years, the ENLACE program at USF has partnered with the Museum of Science and Industry's National Hispanic Scientist of the Year Award program. This year, ENLACE middle school students spent a day at MOSI and met award recipient NASA astronaut Frank Caldeiro, who brought a strong message of staying in school and going to college in order to have a better life.
New Reports Profile Strategies That Deal with Safety in the Schools
Saturday, October 19, 2002 In an effort to make schools safer and help protect students from violent behavior and drug & alcohol use, the Clinton Administration allocated $100 million in grants to 54 communities. The goal of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative (SS/HSI) is to link school systems with community-based services and prevention activities into one community-wide approach to violence prevention and healthy child development.
CFS's Richard Briscoe Receives Honor for Contributions to the African-American Community
Thursday, October 10, 2002 University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft will join the USF African-American Advisory Committee to honor six people for their commitment to the community on October 24 at 6 p.m. at the Lifsey House, USF Tampa.
October 29th Conference to Discuss Issues and Initiatives for Tampa Bay's 150,000 Young Adolescents
Saturday, October 5, 2002 Youth in the middle school, make-or-break years are faced with many physical, psychological and educational changes. With more than 150,000 youths within the ages of 10 and 14 now living in Hillsborough County, a conference has been scheduled October 29, 2002 to address the special needs of this age group.
Bringing Out the Best in Adolescents: Grant Recipients Present Successful Results
Tuesday, October 1, 2002 The USF Collaborative for Children, Families and Communities awards grants each year to USF faculty members who work with community partners on projects that address important issues relating to children and adolescents. Several projects recently completed show how the university and community can successfully work together for the good of these young people and their families.
CFS Evaluates Community-based Care in Florida: Report Now Online
Thursday, August 15, 2002 One of the Florida Department of Children & Families' (DCF) responses to ensuring the safety and well being of children in the child welfare system is the implementation of the Community-Based Care (CBC) initiative.
State Training Teams Meet to Discuss Challenging Behaviors Students Bring in Today's Classrooms
Thursday, August 8, 2002 At a recent meeting of the State Training Team Network of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Positive Behavioral Support (RRTC-PBS) held the week of August 19th, training teams from 23 states met to discuss ways in helping expand the support teachers, related services personnel, administrators, and family members need to address the challenging behaviors students bring in today's classrooms.
CFS Helps Communities Help Themselves
Thursday, November 22, 2001 Last July, federal funding from the Office of Rural Health Policy was provided to the Southwest Rural Health Research Center at Texas A&M University to conduct research on access to health issues for the Latino population. One of the grant's six studies was proposed by CFS's Ricardo Contreras and Marlynn May of Texas A&M.
HIPPY USA Selects Florida HIPPY Technical Assistance and Training Center as National Evaluator
Sunday, November 11, 2001 The Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) was established in the United States in 1984 and now serves more than 15,000 families in many urban, suburban, or rural areas across the country. HIPPY goals include increasing the chances of positive early school experiences among children who may be educationally at risk, empower parents to view themselves as primary educators of their children, and create an educational environment in the home that encourages literacy.
A Look at Children's Challenging Behaviors:OSEP Funds Two New Centers for DARES
Sunday, November 11, 2001 With drastically changing conditions for teaching and learning in both general and special education classes, the public demand for improved learning and behavioral outcomes has become more pressing, especially in the early school years. In order to address this issue, a new center, led by researchers at the University of Oregon, will collaborate with five research organizations (CFS is one) to conduct and coordinate research and demonstrations across 90 schools and five states. This five–year project will focus on children K-3 who are identified as having great difficulty learning to read or who exhibit serious problem behaviors.
CARD Gears up for 2001/2002 Teacher Partnership Program
Wednesday, October 10, 2001 The Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism is now in its third year and currently accepting applications for the 2001-2002 school year. Funded by the DOE's Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services, the program is designed to offer training and technical assistance to teachers who wish to enhance the educational program for students with autism in a general or special education program.
Neighborhoods Show Positive Results From ChangeMakers and Puentes Collaborative Initiatives
Wednesday, October 10, 2001 Under the umbrella of the Tampa Hillsborough Integrated Network for Kids (THINK) project, The EQUIPO: Puentes Parents and ChangeMaker's of Neighborhoods United groups have been busy with numerous training activities. Designed to bring together formal and informal helpers of children with serious emotional disturbances and their families, the EQUIPO/ChangeMakers are working to create avenues to encourage neighborhood-based care. One of the avenues is relying on informal/natural helpers – people living within the neighborhood who naturally provide emotional and moral support to other families in need. Since they are in a better position to establish links with families, these informal helpers work closely with formal service providers.
CFS Helps Create More Opportunities for Summer Fun for Students with Disabilities
Tuesday, October 9, 2001 For parents of children with disabilities or special health care needs, summertime doesn't usually mean fun camps and great recreational opportunities. Often, since children with special needs require a higher level of direct care than is typically found in school-aged summer programs, they are denied access to the programs that serve their typically developing peers, making this especially difficult for working parents who rely on out-of-school care during summer months. Family financial constraints, geographic locations of childcare facilities, and inexperienced staff also add to the difficulties of placing children with special needs in a quality childcare environment.
CFS Chosen as Partner For National Resource Center
Saturday, October 6, 2001 CFS has just become a partner in a new four-year program to help create a national resource center that will identify and implement practices that promote children's social and emotional competence. With funding provided by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the University of Illinois will serve as coordinating center. USF will partner with the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Connecticut, Education Development Corporation and Tennessee Voices for Children as subcontractors.
CFS Conducts Research on Florida's Foster Children
Sunday, September 9, 2001 CFS's Consortium for Child Welfare Studies has partnered with the Florida Department of Children and Families to conduct ongoing analysis of Florida's administrative child protection data. As part of that analysis, intended to provide state and community-level stakeholders with information about Florida's foster system, Rick Brown, Lodi Lipien, Victor Trinidad, and Svetlana Yampolskaya have recently completed a report on Florida's foster children. Measuring the Length of Stay Experiences of Florida's Foster Children focuses on the length of stay in foster care and the flow of children into and out of the foster system. John D. Fluke, along with CFS's Paul Greenbaum and Mario Hernandez provided consultation.

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