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There’s more to Global Hug Your Kids Day than just giving your kiddos a hug or two. If you want to celebrate today, here are some fun ideas to get you started.

ParentsCAN will host a free Project Leadership Series beginning on August 16th and ending on September 27th. The experience will equip families with the skills and tools needed to partner with and engage in all levels of public advocacy on behalf of children with special needs.

Here we are just settling into our summer schedule and it is already time to talk about transitioning back to school, or going to school for the very first time.

All children need plenty of rest, good food and a nice quiet place to do homework. But some children need a little more help during the transition period. For young children going to school for the first time there may be some anxiety surrounding the whole experience. Some of the things that may help for young ones is to take practice drives or walks to their new school. Let them play on the playground, if possible, and show them their new classroom. Usually there is an orientation prior to the first day of school and they can actually see their new teachers and any aides that may be there.

Setting goals is simple. We’ve all heard different phrases, acronyms and ways to properly set a goal for life. However, accomplishing goals can be a whole different task.

Pardon our mess!

ParentsCAN is busy this summer, sprucing up the center with new carpets and fresh paint.

For the month of July we will have reduced drop-in hours. Our Center will be open from 9:00am-2:00pm.
If you need to speak to someone, we encourage you to make an appointment by calling our main line, 707-253-7444.

We look forward to seeing you at the end of summer, check back here on our calendar page for our back to school classes and workshops.

Until then Happy Summer!

The theme of the latest Buzz from the Parent Center Hub is the enormous impact that parent expectations have on the outcomes their children achieve. Research has more than adequately shown that high parental and teacher expectations can result in higher student achievement. Low expectations or lack of expectations tend to produce the opposite result.

There are NO WARNING or splashing SOUNDS associated with a drowning accident.

For many kids, summer vacation holds the promise of months of school-free fun. But for children with sensory processing issues, summer can be a challenging time.

Community Resources for Children is partnering with Vision to Learn to provide free vision screenings to children ages 5 to 18 on Monday, June 11th from 9 AM to 2 PM. They are asking that families register if they can, but we are not insisting on it; in other words, walk-ins are welcome!

Governor Brown released his “May Revision” to the 2018-19 proposed budget on Friday, May 11, 2018. The Governor and Legislature are expected to agree to a spending plan for 2018-19 before July 1

The CDC reported that as of 2011-2012, more than 1 in 20, or 2.6 million, U.S. children aged 6-17 years had current anxiety or depression that had previously been diagnosed by a healthcare provider. These parent report data showed slightly more boys than girls had a diagnosis of anxiety or depression. About 1 in 5 children with current anxiety and depression did not receive mental health treatment in the past year.

The UC Davis MIND Institute is offering a very special summer institute (the MIND annual research conference) this year on August 3rd with a special track for parents.

May is Mental Health Month and the color this year is lime green. To celebrate, you might consider wearing a lime green ribbon every day. It’s a great way to start a dialogue with friends, family, classmates, and co-workers about mental health - because chances are they know someone who may be struggling with mental health issues.

Details a free lunch program for youth under 18 that will run from June 13, 2018 to July 13, 2018 in English and Spanish. The program is made possible by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and NVUSD Food Services.

Autism rates have increased slightly to 1 in 59 school-aged children (1.7%), according to a new report on 11 communities.

Experts say the uptick from 1 in 68 children (1.5%) is not a cause for concern and likely is due to several factors, including improved screening among black and Hispanic children.

1. It identifies delays early, when interventions can help the most.

2. It helps ensure better futures. Studies show that children who receive early treatment for developmental delays are more likely to graduate from high school, hold jobs, and live independently.

Earth Day 2018 is the perfect opportunity to get involved with your community and take care of our Earth. Let’s talk about some ways to go green for Earth Day 2018.

In 1986, Secretary of Defense Casper W. Weinberger decided to recognize the sacrifices made by children of military service members. He believed that military children are inspirational because of the way they respond to stressful situations, such as frequent moves and separated families during periods of deployment. In California, there are an estimated 51,000 military connected children that are exceptional family members. 12,000 of those are children of Active Duty Service Members.

On Saturday, March 31st ParentsCAN and the Active 20/30 Club of Napa welcomed 80 kids with special needs and their siblings under 10 to their first Sensory friendly Easter Egg Hunt and party.

In a day full of hugs, high-fives and happy tears, families shared how their family members with Down syndrome have improved their lives during ParentsCAN‘s celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.

What is a Non-verbal Learning Disorder?
When we think of learning disorders, we tend to think of dyslexia and other disorders involving language--that is, kids who have trouble decoding language and learning to read. But there is another, less well-known type of learning disorder that's not about verbal communication--hence, it's called non-verbal learning disorder. Learn more in this first article in a planned series from the Child Mind Institute.

ParentsCAN’s High Hopes Gala was held on Saturday February 24th at the Westin Verasa Napa to celebrate and honor families of children with special needs, recognizing the heroic efforts they make to ensure their children achieve their brightest future.

Caring for Siblings of Sick or Disabled Children is tough. “Family life starts to revolve around the needs of the other child, and if that happens, she said, the not-sick sibling may either withdraw or may start acting out, competing to get parents’ attention back. ParentsCAN's Triple P classes can help!

Valentine’s Day can be more than just romantic love, but true, kind, caring love for your neighbors and those in need. How can you lead a more altruistic life this week?

Luckily, maintaining a habit is doable when set up for success. If you want to be start (and keep) a healthy new habit this year, check out these useful tips.

If you want to live a more altruistic life, how can you commemorate Dr. King and continue his legacy? Here are ideas to get started this Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

With 2018 underway, how can you celebrate National Blood Donor Month? Check out a few ideas for how you can roll up a sleeve and give through January and the year.

11 things that everyone can do to make their lives happier. These have been researched and shown to work!

If you and your family wants to focus on giving back to others this Christmas, here are some ideas for how to start a more altruistic Christmas tradition.

We’ve compiled a list just for you on last minute gift ideas that give back. Try some of these out to celebrate the holidays more altruistically this year.

Do you want more opportunities to give to your community? We’ve compiled a list of holiday fundraiser ideas to get involved in yourself or along with other altruistic causes.

The evidence is clear that patient outcomes improve, and family and provider satisfaction rises, when health providers who care for children with special health care needs (CSHCN) actively partner with parents and caregivers in what is known as family-centered care.

On the night of Oct. 8, Michelle Hickman and her family were just getting ready for bed when 12-year-old Victoria looked out the window of their Calistoga home and saw a flash. Then came an orange glow. And then came the flames. The Tubbs Fire destroyed everything they owned except for the clothes on their backs and the car they escaped in. ParentsCAN Advocate Sabrina Mc Leran helped the family begin the process of recovery. A little more than a month later, the family is moving into a new rental home thanks to Season of Sharing.

Effective conversation helps parents create lasting, meaningful relationships with their kids. These 10 powerful statements can get you started on your way.

This month looks at the world through the eyes of a child, so today we look at how you can recognize National Child Safety and Protection Month, and keep the children in your life safe.

Caregiving can be a 24-hours a day/7-days a week job. Caring for a child with special needs or a senior with Alzheimer’s can be non-stop. Providing care around the clock can crowd out other important areas of life. What challenges do family caregivers face, and how do they manage them day and night?

Helpful information for parents after the Napa wildfires with tips on helping their children cope and accessing Medi-CAL services.

The first question the representative at my mortgage company asked me was, “Are you and your family safe?” We are, I am so fortunate, my home is unscathed and my family is safe. But! Our income relies on the tourist industry, so we are looking at a dismal couple of months financially.

Schoolchildren who read and write at home with their parents may build not only their academic literacy skills, but also other important life and learning skills, a recent study found.

6 tips from a psychologist on how to support your child through a wildfire

Focusing on positive thoughts can actually impact your overall health. How, you ask? Today we dive in and see how positive thoughts can make you healthier.

It can be difficult to decide how to give, what you can give or even where to give to. Today let's take a closer look at how to donate with a purpose to disaster relief.

Turns out, regular writing and keeping a journal actually has a lot of surprising mental and emotional health benefits. Today, we’re going to check them out.

Being kind to a stranger may seem simple, but it often requires a conscious effort to do. How can you show kindness to strangers in your life? We have 10 ideas to start.

How can you celebrate National Senior Citizens Day? We’re glad you asked. We have some ideas on how to honor senior citizens today, this week and for more times to come.

If you want to help make a difference and support children and families in need within your community, check out our list of school supplies you can donate.

How can you live an altruistic lifestyle when negativity is on your mind? Today we've got the answers as we share six tips to help train your brain to be more positive.

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