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Findings Reveal Success for Early Intervention School Readiness Program
Sunday, February 2, 2003 New research findings on Florida's families were announced at the recent statewide conference of The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program. The HIPPY program is designed to increase vulnerable children's success in school, and the numbers on increased reading in the home reflect parents' increased confidence in their abilities to be teachers for their children.
Bringing Out the Best in Students Brings Out the Best in Behavior at Three Hillsborough Elementary Schools
Sunday, February 2, 2003 In today's classrooms, through the use of Positive Behavior Support (PBS), good behavior, instead of bad, gets the recognition. Through specific praise such as "Students, I like the way you are working together quietly," and "Thank you Sara for listening to the lesson," PBS programs work to define, teach, and support appropriate behaviors. PBS establishes a culture of competence within schools where students are more likely to support appropriate behavior and discourage inappropriate actions by their peers. The students not only receive recognition for good conduct during the school day, but are rewarded with special incentives and activities throughout the year.
Friedman Key Speaker for the Collaborations in Children's Mental Health Systems of Care
Sunday, February 2, 2003 Department of Child and Family Studies Chair and Professor Robert Friedman, PhD, was a key speaker at a workshop Feb. 7 by the Collaborations in Children's Mental Health Systems of Care at the Park Plaza/Westshore Hotel in Tampa.
The Health Care Reform and Tracking Project Issues New Promising Approaches Series
Friday, January 10, 2003 Tracking Behavioral Health Services to Children and Adolescents and Their Families in Publicly-Financed Managed Care Systems, written by Shelia A. Pires, is the first paper in a new series of the Health Care Reform and Tracking Project (HCRTP) co-funded by two federal agencies —the Center for Mental Health Services of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the Department of Education.
CFS Staff Gear Up for Two New Projects
Friday, January 10, 2003 The management of two "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs" (GEAR UP), which are funded by the US Department of Education and the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, have recently been transferred from the Florida Community Partnership Center to the Department of Child and Family Studies(CFS) at USF.
USF Receives Funding for a National Technical Assistance Center on Youth Transition
Wednesday, January 1, 2003 In October 2002, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a public health agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services, awarded $2.3 million for the Partnerships for Youth Transition initiative, which funds five sites across the nation to develop and implement transition programs for youth with serious emotional disturbance (EBD) as they enter adulthood.
Creating Change and Keeping it Real: Report Reveals how Excellent Child-serving Organizations Carry out Their Goals
Thursday, December 12, 2002 Community-Based Theories of Change is a national study funded by the federal Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS-SAMHSA) and National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research that is designed to address how human service organizations carry out their mission and goals, how they transfer their policy agendas across stakeholders, and how they sustain their service strategies over time. This report summarizes the cross-site findings of Community-Based Theories of Change and presents lessons learned across the three participating sites in 2002.
CFS Staff Ask: What Makes Children's Mental Health Services Successful?
Wednesday, December 11, 2002 Under the direction of Drs. Mario Hernandez and Sharon Hodges at the Department of Child and Family Studies, the Community-Based Theories of Change Study has recently completed Phase I, which involved conducting case studies at program-and system-level sites, gathering information on how organizations conceptualize, operationalize and implement community-based service policies, and how those organizations transfer policy agendas across stakeholders in local organizations.
Promising Center for Young Children Receives Additional 2.2 Million
Friday, November 15, 2002 Aggression. Noncompliance. Defiance. Tantrums. Destruction of Property. These are the challenging behaviors in young children that lead parents and caregivers to seek help. Sources of help may include child welfare, public health and mental health services, pediatricians, preschools, as well as early care and intervention programs. In the past, these agencies and service providers have had limited access to information about best practices for children with, or at risk for, behavioral problems and their families.
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.

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