Setting Up the School Year for Success

With most schools across the country now back in session, September is the time to consider new goals and standards of success to strive for throughout the school year.

As school and community leaders contemplate goals and strategies to promote the health, social-emotional learning and educational success of their students and children, Partner Build Grow, the Action Guide, can help by outlining key steps and strategies for developing sustainable school-based health programming.

In this issue of our Weekly Insider, consider the included resources that may help to further inspire and guide your goal-setting for the new school year. From top-level administration to personalized learning and care inside the classroom, every aspect of a child’s health can benefit from thoughtful and appropriate goal-setting.

Check out these resources, and others in sections below, for more information:


Grant Alerts

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood

Deadline: September 20, 2019

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood provides opportunities for new and promising research-based projects to improve the overall wellness of young children, including physical, mental, social, intellectual and environmental health.

Current funding opportunities focus on: 1.) Early childhood welfare, 2.) Early childhood education and play, and 3.) Parenting education.

Amount: Typically $30,000-50,000

U.S. Soccer Foundation: Safe Places to Play

Deadline: September 27, 2019

The U.S. Soccer Foundation is working to enable young people in underserved communities to be engaged in active and healthy lifestyles, while also promoting personal growth through coach-mentoring programs. The Safe Places to Play program awards funding to convert abandoned courts, lots, schoolyards, etc. into state-of-the-art soccer fields and facilities.

Amount: Up to $50,000

Costco Wholesale Community Grants

Deadline: Rolling

Costco Wholesale engages in charitable efforts across the country by funding programs that focus on supporting children, education, and health and human services.

Please note: The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools does not administer these funding opportunities. Please refer to each organization for further direction and details.


Center Resources

[Publication]: Developing a Business Plan for Sustaining School Mental Health Services: Three Success Stories

This CHHCS document highlights three school mental health programs—in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and Minnesota—that have been able to develop financial strategies and policies to support the long-term availability of their services.

[Webinar Recording]: Sustaining School-Community Resources

On June 27, 2018, the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the online tool, Partner Build Grow. Learn how the tool can help guide the implementation of successful and sustainable programs that support students’ physical, mental and behavioral health and well-being.

[Case Study]: Using Communication Strategies to Build and Retain Support for Student Services (Broome County, New York)

Read about how Broome County, New York, effectively utilized savvy communication, asset mapping and networking strategies to develop a sustainable model for supporting the emotional and physical health of children in its district.

View Additional Tools & Resources


New Resources

National School Mental Health Curriculum: Guidance and Best Practices for States, Districts, Schools

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network has now made its national mental health curriculum accessible online.

U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory: Marijuana Use and the Developing Brain

On August 29, the U.S. Surgeon General released a statement emphasizing the damaging health risks of marijuana use, particularly to youth and pregnant women.

Reports and Tables from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

An annual report by SAMHSA has been released, summarizing details on current data and trends of substance use and mental health within the U.S.


Job Opportunities

DC Action for Children: Program Associate, Early Childhood (Washington, DC)

DC Action for Children is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to improve the well-being of children through public policy. The full-time Program Associate will help to advance organizational goals of the District’s Home Visiting Council, along with other current campaigns.

Catholic Charities East Bay: Mental Health Clinician, Middle School-Based (Oakland, CA)

Catholic Charities East Bay seeks a Mental Health Clinician to support adolescents who have experienced complex trauma. The clinician will provide culturally-responsive and trauma-informed treatment services to individuals and groups, including students, their family members and other caregivers.

Fairfax County Government: Public Health Nurse (Fairfax County, VA)

This position works to support assigned school health programs within Fairfax County, Virginia. Services and interventions may include outreach visits, community assessments, care coordination, health promotion, etc.

San Tan Behavioral Health Services: Community-Based Therapist/Counselor (Gilbert, AZ)

Position provides community-based counseling to children, adolescents and families in homes and schools throughout the Gila River Indian Community.


Upcoming Meetings

September 1-30, 2019
September 10, 2019
September 16, 2019 1:00–2:00 PM ET
September 16, 2019 1:30 – 3:00 PM ET
September 17, 2019 3:00 PM ET
September 19, 2019 1:00 PM ET
September 25, 2019 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET

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