Dear Colleagues:

Here are some new resources to explore…


Research Reports/Other Learning Content


Race, Gender, and Equity in Community Development

This paper discusses shifts in community development by summarizing how leaders of community development finance organizations are increasing focus on race, gender, and equity. It revisits roots of the community development framework and argues that by embedding race, gender, and social justice lenses into work, we reach goals developed when community development first emerged from the civil rights movement. The paper also suggests policies and tools to guide practitioners, and readers are encouraged to use creativity to imagine how we can improve, renew, and infuse justice and equity into our work.

Click here to read the report.


Notes on a Cultural Strategy for Belonging

The Haas Institute developed this report to outline a strategy that places leadership, voices, and practices, and knowledge of communities who are marginalized in our society at the center of the discussion. It offers resources, evidence, case studies, and a workshop module for cultural strategies rooted in the Haas Institute’s Othering & Belonging framework and other successful models of activism and organizing.

Click here to read the report.


Supporting Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

This interactive learning series is intended for professionals in Head Start, Early Head Start, child care, and other key stakeholders to learn how to identify families experiencing homelessness and conduct community outreach. This resource includes knowledge checks, practice scenarios, and interactive learning modules to help deepen understanding of family homelessness. Each module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete, depending on levels of experience and when you finish all sections, you can download a certificate of completion.

Check out the series of modules here.


Webinars/Event Opportunities 


Conversations with Families about Living Experiences and Housing Goals, Thursday November 14 2019, 3:00 PM ET

This webinar will include an exploration of strategies to support staff wellness and resources programs can use to support professional development and discuss language and approaches for navigating sensitive conversations with families experiencing homelessness. Families experiencing homelessness may have stressors that require special attention, understanding, and sensitivity and Head Start staff often talk with families about their living situation.

Click here for registration.


Funding/Collaboration Opportunities


National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) – Category II, Treatment and Service Adaptation (TSA) Centers grants. The purpose of TSA Centers is to provide expertise for types of traumatic events, populations, and service systems, and support the adaptation of evidence-based treatment and service approaches for communities. Domestic public and private non-profit entities are eligible under certain conditions.

Applications are due December 23, 2019.

More information can be found here.


Early Childhood Health Equity Landscape: Learning from Existing and Emerging Initiatives

Child Trends and the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ), with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), are interested in learning from initiatives that address health equity from birth to 8 years old and involve collaboration across sectors. This project would include an analysis of programs across states and communities, as well as interviews with staff from select initiatives to better understand approaches to promoting health equity. Convenings will also be hosted with key stakeholders and insights from our analysis, interviews, and convenings will be used to develop products and activities to be shared across sectors and inform programming and policy making in the field of early childhood. Those who would like to be considered will be included on an initiative map or in an in-depth interview.

Form for consideration is due by November 22, 2019.

Click here for more information.