Parent Perusals

March 7, 2018

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Spring Break Edition

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Check out your local library for special events during Spring Break!

Spring Break Camps in San Antonio

Check out Alamo City Mom's Blog for a listing of Spring Break Camps in San Antonio!

50+ Things to Do During Spring Break in San Antonio

Check out San Antonio Mom Blogs list!

Spring Festival with KLRN during Spring Break!

Join KLRN and Super Why at the PARK for a Spring Festival!

Enjoy time with your family as we explore the power of reading and healthy living in the outdoors this March.

These FREE educational KLRN Kids events will feature school readiness activities and family fun. Visit with Super Why and learn about FREE programs for your family.

For more information, visit or call 210.270.9000.

Date: Saturday, March 10 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM CST

Location: Pearsall Park, 4838 Old Pearsall Rd, San Antonio, TX 78242

Date: Monday, March 12 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

Location: Lockwood Park, 801 N Olive St, San Antonio, Texas 78202

Date: Tuesday, March 13 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

Location: Woodlawn Lake Park San Antonio, 1103 Cincinnati, San Antonio, Texas 78201

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Webinar: Family First Prevention Services Act: Implications for Grandfamilies

Register to Learn what this Act is and the implications for Grandfamilies!

Do you work with grandparents and other relatives raising relative children?

If so, your work will be impacted by the recently passed Family First Prevention Services Act.

Join Generations United's March 20th webinar to learn how this legislation will affect the work of your organization and the families you serve and how you can be best prepared for the pending changes to federal funding.

Time: March 20, 1 PM to 2 PM (ET)

Description: In February, the Family First Prevention Services Act became law. The groundbreaking legislation is the result of years of advocacy from child welfare advocates across the country and includes major provisions impacting federal support for services to grandfamilies/kinship families. This webinar will walk you through the key provisions including: kinship navigator programs; services to kinship caregivers, children, and birth parents to prevent children from entering foster care, and provisions to address barriers to licensing relatives as foster parents.

To register, click here:…/9064992174107068674

Free Tax Preparation

VITA is ready to help those earning up to $60,000 with FREE tax preparation at 20 VITA sites across the city open through April 17, 2018. Local tax filers may take advantage of Virtual VITA by dropping off information and returns to be processed within 48-72 hours. Express Service includes expedited tax preparation with only one W-2 to process. VITA is an important tool in helping to ensure that all eligible residents are able to claim the EITC, Child Tax Credit, and other credits for which they might be eligible. For more information on VITA locations and services, please call 2-1-1 or visit

Help your Kids Keep Learning During Spring Break!

How Students Stay Sharp During Spring Break

Read these Five Tips to Keep Kids Learning On School Breaks.

10 Apps to Keep Kids Busy During Spring Break

Check this recommended list out by USA Today.

How to Keep Your Kids Busy During Spring Break

If your kids will be home this week, here are a few activities you can plan to help keep your kids busy.

  • Go hiking (weather permitting)
  • Make Easter or Spring crafts at home
  • Visit a local Farm, museum, or Aquarium.
  • Go to a movie, or rent a movie and have a movie night at home.
  • Turn gardening into a fun activity and involve the kids or even let them plant their own potted plant like these fairy gardens.
  • Make Vision boards together as a family.
  • Find neighbors who need help and serve them: pull weeds, mow their lawn, clean, make treats for them, etc.
  • Go on a scavenger hunt.
  • Go to the park.
  • Plan some play dates with friends.
  • Ride bikes, roller blade, skateboard.
  • Play sports together: basketball, soccer, football, etc.
  • Conduct Science experiments at home.
  • Make bird feeders.

Taken from Learning 2 Bloom.

Upcoming March FREE Parent Trainings!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Creating a Healthy and Safe Home Environment

This training will provide participants with strategies for creating a healthy and safe home environment free from potential hazards. Guidance will be provided on how to prepare for and respond to emergency situations. Participants will have the opportunity during the workshop to practice emergency first aid skills. Tips will also be provided for keeping your child safe while playing inside, outdoors, around water, and when traveling in the car.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19th. **

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

What Parents need to know About Human Trafficking

Note: Children ages 8+ are able to attend this session with their family.

In this training, parents will learn:

● How traffickers select & approach;

● What traffickers look for;

● How to outsmart deception;

● What things make a child vulnerable;

● The two ways traffickers approach;

● The three kinds of lies;

● The four worst choices;

● To separate the myths from the facts about human trafficking in the U.S.;

● How it happens, who it happens to, and who are the victims;

● How traffickers target youth at school and in any home;

● The signs that indicate your child may be in danger;

● Why it’s more important to talk to your kids about love than sex; and

● Why stranger danger is no longer effective.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22nd. **

Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

College Knowledge for Parents

Facilitated by the UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives, "College Knowledge for Parents" provides parents with essential information regarding, college financial aid, scholarships, as well as college admissions requirements. Learn more about your critical role as a parent in helping your child reach their academic dreams.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd. **

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—2:30 p.m.

Parenting the Love & Logic Way

This parent training is based on a philosophy founded by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline, M.D. and based on the experience of a combined total of over 75 years working with and raising children. This is an approach to raising children that provides loving support from parents while at the same time expecting children to be respectful and responsible. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows them to live with the consequences of their choices. Love and Logic is easy to use, raises responsible children, and changes lives. By attending this training, you will learn to use humor, hope, and empathy to build up your adult-child relationship, provide real limits in a loving way, and learn how to teach consequences and healthy decision making.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26th. **

***Rescheduled from ice day on January 16th!***

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

It’s a Whole New World Out There…And Success Starts Here!

This fun, energetic and interactive session is designed to update parents about the 21st Century workplace needs of the employer and the future employability needs of their child(ren). Using data from the Texas Workforce Commission, The United States Census, Department of Labor Statistics, and more, parents will walk away with a better understanding of how they can empower their child(ren) to be the very best they can be and to build the skill sets to “sell” themselves as the best “products” on the market for any and all employers in the world.

**Interpreter provided by request. Call 210-370-5466 by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27th.

To Register for Parent Trainings:

Call or email Marshelle Burks at (210) 370-5430 or

Parent Trainings are also offered via webinar!

To participate in the parent trainings via webinar, email to receive the webinar link and electronic handouts the day before the training.

Please note: Webinars are not offered for evening or Saturday trainings.

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