Parents for Healthy Kids School Grant Opportunity

Here is a wonderful opportunity for local units in your state – $1,000 grant for local units K-12!!  Also, a chance to win one of five ALDI gift cards for $100.

PTAs in your state may apply for a school grant to create a healthier learning environment through nutrition and physical activity initiatives. Here are more details:

–              Grants up to $1,000 are available for K-12 schools

–              Schools with greater than 50% of students eligible for free/reduced-priced meals may receive priority, but all schools are encouraged to apply

–              The application deadline is Friday, April 13th.

–              More details and the application can be found at: https://parentsforhealthykids.org/grants.

On the Parents for Healthy Kids website, they have a webinar recording to help folks fill out the grant application.

Please promote this opportunity for your local units to apply!!

Here are a Facebook post and a tweet you may use to promote this opportunity:

–              Calling all parents and families: Do you want to make your child’s school a healthier learning environment? Apply now for a Parents for Healthy Kids grant through @Action for Healthy Kids to bring nutrition and physical activity programs to your child’s school. Applications are due by April 13. Get more information at www.ParentsforHealthyKids.org/grants.

–              Parents & families: Want to make your child’s school a healthier learning environment? Apply for a Parents for Healthy Kids grant through @Act4HlthyKids to bring nutrition & physical activity programs to their school. Learn more & apply by April 13 at http://bit.ly/2BMOhQS

Questions?  Contact SchoolGrants@ActionforHealthyKids.org.

Mary Jo Neil | National Service Representative
301.919.8839 | mneil@pta.org
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National PTA Launches Center for Family Engagement

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (March 23, 2018)—National PTA announced today the launch of the Center for Family Engagement, a new initiative to embed transformative family engagement practices, programs and policies across the educational system.

“We know families are essential to children’s success and school improvement efforts. However, traditional family engagement policies and practices do not always meet the needs of each and every family, nor empower them as partners in their child’s success,” said Leslie Boggs, president-elect of National PTA. “As the needs of families change, we must shift the way we think about family engagement. Through our new Center for Family Engagement, we want to move the educational system to the next generation of family engagement by modeling and advocating for more transformative approaches.”

Over the next three years, the Center for Family Engagement will:

  • Raise awareness about transformative family engagement by acting as a clearinghouse of innovative approaches, cutting-edge research and best practices that can be put into action.
  • Influence transformative family engagement decisions and resources by contributing to a national research agenda on how parent voice shapes family engagementpractices, programs and policies.
  • Empower PTAs across the country to be leaders in transformative family engagement efforts through grant and recognition opportunities as well as connections to other leading family engagement organizations.

As part of the launch of the Center for Family Engagement, National PTA also announced today that Ohio PTA, New York State PTA, Minnesota PTA, Tennessee PTA and Oklahoma PTA have been selected to receive a grant through its State PTA Family Engagement Innovation Challenge. With the grant, the state PTAs will identify examples of innovative family engagement practices in their local PTAs and school communities and develop plans to integrate these best practices into statewide efforts and advocacy for family engagement. Among the five PTAs, one will be selected to receive additional funding to implement their plan.

“When it comes to school success, family engagement is just as important as having a great principal and teachers, a strong curriculum and a positive school climate. Transformative family engagement is a key strategy to ensure every child receives a high-quality education and has every opportunity for success,” added President-Elect Boggs. “Family engagement is the foundation of PTA and we are investing in our mission with the Center for Family Engagement.”

For more information about the Center for Family Engagement, visit PTA.org/FamilyEngagement.

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.

Media Contact

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

hmay@pta.org, (703) 518-1242


Thank You For Your Support of the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) Program

Good afternoon,

On behalf of National PTA, thank you for your support of the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) program.  Last year, your state PTA signed onto a letter of support regarding FY18 funding for the program. I have attached those letters for your reference. As you know, SFECs are funded in the FY18 omnibus bill that has cleared both the House and Senate was just signed by the President.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure that SFECs receive continued funding in future appropriations cycles.  Congress has already begun the FY19 cycle and we will be following up with you all in a few weeks regarding an organizational support letter for continued appropriations.  The House has already circulated a Dear Colleague letter that received the bipartisan support of 54 members and was led Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) and GT Thompson (R-PA).  A letter will be circulating in the Senate soon led by Senators Coons (D-DE), Reed (D-RI) and Tillis (R-NC) that we will share with you once it is available.

Thank you again for your support and advocacy of this important program!

Sincerely,
Jacki

Jacki Ball | Director, Government Affairs

National PTA®

1250 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

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National PTA Applauds Omnibus Appropriations Bill

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (March 22, 2018)—Last night, Congressional leaders reached an agreement on a bill to fund the government through September 2018. The bill includes all of National PTA’s top funding priorities, including $10 million in funding for the Statewide Family Engagement Centers (SFECs) program.

 

“For years, PTA members and families nationwide have been advocating for investments in the SFECs program because family engagement is critical to student success and school improvement efforts, including efforts to make our schools safer,” said Leslie Boggs, president-elect of National PTA. We applaud Congressional leaders for acknowledging the importance of family engagement and for their bipartisan commitment to the SFECs program to help ensure every child receives a high-quality education in an environment that is safe and reaches their full potential.”

 

The SFECs program is included in the Every Student Succeeds Act. The program will provide states and districts with the capacity to support effective implementation and enhancement of meaningful family engagement policies and initiatives.

 

In addition to funding for the SFECs program, National PTA is pleased to see that the omnibus includes a $2.6 billion increase in funding for education overall from the fiscal year 2017 level as well as an increase of $300 million for Title I—which provides assistance to schools with high percentages of children from low-income families—and an increase of $275 million for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), through which grants are provided to states to help provide a quality education to children with disabilities.

 

National PTA is also pleased that the omnibus includes $1.1 billion in funding for Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (Title IV-A), which support safe and healthy students through funding of comprehensive school mental health programs, drug and violence prevention programs, training on trauma-informed practices, and other health and physical education programs. Additionally, the grant program ensures school districts have the resources to support a well-rounded education and the effective use of technology in schools.

 

Further, National PTA is pleased that the omnibus effectively repeals the Dickey amendment, lifting a ban on research to study the causes and effects of gun violence. The bill also includes the STOP School Violence Act and the Fix NICS Act, both of which National PTA advocated for during its annual Legislative Conference last week.

 

“We have all watched in horror as our country has experienced far too many gun-related tragedies. Enacting these bipartisan policy solutions is essential to help provide a safer and healthier environment for students and protect our children,” said Nathan R. Monell, CAE, National PTA executive director. “We commend Congressional leaders for addressing gun safety and violence prevention and investing in programs to ensure our children can learn and thrive in school. National PTA urges Congress to pass the omnibus and the president to sign it as soon as possible for students, families, schools and communities.”

 

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.

 

Media Contact

Heidi May Wilson, National PTA

hmay@pta.org(703) 518-1242


National PTA Statement on Shooting at Great Mills High School

ALEXANDRIA, Va., (March 20, 2018)The following statement can be attributed to National PTA President Jim Accomando:

“Enough is enough. We have all watched in horror as our country has experienced far too many gun-related tragedies. We need immediate change.

“It is urgent that we work together to enact bipartisan policy solutions and make meaningful changes to keep our children safe. Every student deserves to learn and grow in a safe environment. And no parent should fear for the safety of their child every time they leave home for school.

“It remains a top priority of National PTA to promote safety for children and youth and improve education. National PTA has a strong history of supporting and advocating for policies in the areas of gun safety and violence prevention, juvenile justice, mental health and students’ overall well-being.

National PTA urges Congress to adopt legislation requiring universal background checks and a license to purchase a firearm, banning military-style assault weapons, and lifting any ban on research that studies the causes and effects of gun violence. National PTA also urges policymakers to prioritize mental health education, early intervention, prevention and access to school and community-based mental health personnel and services.

“National PTA is committed to supporting students, families, schools and communities in coping with and preventing violence. The association offers a variety of resources that can be downloaded at PTA.org/SchoolSafety.”

About National PTA

National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of family engagement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health and welfare of children and youth. For more information, visit PTA.org.

Media Contact
Heidi May Wilson, National PTA
hmay@pta.org, (703) 518-1242