Washington Policy Council

Meeting Notes
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm
Mary Kingston Roche –  Chair

National AfterSchool Association

The National AfterSchool Association, represented by Heidi Ham and Gina Warner, gave a brief presentation focusing on their upcoming national convention that will be held March 8-11, 2015. For more information visit: http://naaweb.org/convention. They also discussed collaborative efforts with After-School All-Stars and the Afterschool Alliance to bring the issues of out-of-school time programming to legislators. Concurrently to the convention, Afterschool Alliance will be hosting a Hill Day March 10th in support of 21st CCLC. During the conference, a supplemental report to America After 3pm will be released that specifically addresses health and wellness for youth in out-of-school time.


Center on Hispanic Children and Families

Lina Guzman, Michael Lopez, and Shelby Hickman presented the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families most recent research. What sets the Center apart from other efforts is that it is both policy and program driven. It is also dedicated to providing timely research findings, tools, and scholar opportunities to advance the capacity of the entire field serving Hispanic children and families. Four demographic facts in the slide below call out the need for a focus on Hispanic families.

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The Center has looked at programs, policies, and how best to support Hispanic children and families, it is important to consider these family experiences including their exposure to languages other than English and poverty as well the diversity of the Hispanic population.

This is particularly important because data suggest that the Hispanic population has lower rates of participation in government program and services despite their relatively high levels of poverty. The Center seeks to address the lack of data surrounding Hispanic families, poverty, and household patterns. The slideshow can be accessed here.


Member Updates

Erik Peterson updated the council on ESEA developments and the NCY/WPC position letter that went to the Senate HELP committee. The WPC ESEA Workgroup will continue to meet to track developments in both houses of Congress, and collaboratively craft language to be submitted to legislators.

NHSA has a new Policy Director! Reginald (Reggie) Davis will be joining us shortly and we look forward to the contributions he can make to the WPC. Read Reggie’s bio here.

IEL is holding their National Family and Community Engagement Conference in Chicago, June 22-24.

Register now for this year’s National FCE Conference – June 22-24, 2015

Palmer House Hotel Information

Registration Fees Info

Boy Scouts of America will be holding their Annual National Meeting, including BS visits with the Cabinet and at the White House. Information will be forthcoming at: http://www.scouting.org/NationalAnnualMeeting.aspx

United Way Worldwide is hosting the Opportunity Nation Summit on Youth Employment on February 25-26.

General Info: http://opportunitynation.org/the-opportunity-summit/

Agenda: http://opportunitynation.org/opportunity-summit-agenda/

Do you know young leaders(aged 16-24) who would be interested in attending? Contact Lindsay Torrico at lindsay.torrico@unitedway.org.

After-School All-Stars & Afterschool Alliance, in coordination with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, will sponsor the National After-School Summit at the University of Southern California on March 24th.

National Network for Youth is hosting their Nation Summit March 19-20. Information and registration can be found here: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1623017

Additionally, NN4Y noted the upcoming reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. Information on the reauthorization bill can be found here: http://www.nn4youth.org/public-policy/ActionCenterRHYA2015Reauthorization%20 and https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/262/all-info

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