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In the Arena with NOW lifts up the voices of community leaders who are “in the arena” -- in classrooms, playgrounds, Congressional halls, hospitals, and neighborhood streets -- working to make sure that all children and families can live healthy, thriving lives. Each episode will delve into the experiences of local coalitions, residents, and experts who are working to create equitable systems of care and education. We’ll learn about what they are doing and why, challenges and successes faced, and advice for others seeking to build, grow, and sustain momentum for the long haul. Learn more at: https://www.networksofopportunity.org

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In the Arena with NOW lifts up the voices of community leaders who are “in the arena” -- in classrooms, playgrounds, Congressional halls, hospitals, and neighborhood streets -- working to make sure that all children and families can live healthy, thriving lives. Each episode will delve into the experiences of local coalitions, residents, and experts who are working to create equitable systems of care and education. We’ll learn about what they are doing and why, challenges and successes faced, and advice for others seeking to build, grow, and sustain momentum for the long haul. Learn more at: https://www.networksofopportunity.org

    The LIFE Project: Building on The Strengths Of Immigrant Families To Promote Quality Early Care And Education Access

    The LIFE Project: Building on The Strengths Of Immigrant Families To Promote Quality Early Care And Education Access

    Based in New York City, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), in partnership with Fifth Avenue Committee, LSA Family Health Service,  BACDYS (Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services), and Masa, launched the Linking Immigrant Families to Quality Early Care and Education (LIFE) Project to connect quality early education to immigrant families including the city's Pre-K and 3K programs. Their work builds on the passion that immigrant families have for educational opportunities and existing relationships with community programs, identifies unique barriers and challenges faced by immigrant families, and aims to build trusting relationships with the communities served. In our final episode of Season 1, we learn from Rosario, Liza, and Kim, members and leaders of the LIFE Project. Guests reflect on what brought them to this work, the strength of the communities they work with, and the lessons learned as they champion for a more equitable early education system in New York City for immigrant communities. 
    To learn more about the New York Immigration Coalition and their projects please visit, https://www.nyic.org/.

    Guests include:
    Rosario Jimenez, Community Health Worker & Early Care Education Advocate, LSA Family Health Service IncLiza Schwartzwald, Senior Manager of Education Policy, New York Immigration Coalition Kim Sykes, Director of Education Policy, New York Immigration CoalitionHost: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, NOW at Vital Village Network

    Produced by: Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing
    Music By: Morgan Breland

    Edited by: Resonate Recordings

    • 28 min
    Austin Neighborhood Network: The Value of Collaboration & Community Driven Vision

    Austin Neighborhood Network: The Value of Collaboration & Community Driven Vision

    What does it look like to engage with community stakeholders to co-design a community plan for revitalization that authentically centers the needs of the local neighborhood? In our 14th episode we feature Austin Neighborhood Network, located in the largest geographic neighborhood of Chicago, to learn more about their participatory efforts to collectively transform their community. Listen in to learn more from Jose Abonce, Ruth Kimble, and Sandra Diaz, as they share the successes, challenges, and insight about how their coalition works to build up community infrastructure by following four of the highest priorities set by community members as part of their Quality of Life Plan, including 1) access to quality early learning opportunities, 2) living wage careers, 3) safe neighborhoods and, and 4) healthy and affordable housing.  
    To learn more about the Network and their backbone organization, Austin Coming Together visit their website https://austincomingtogether.org/.
    Jose Abonce, Lead Organizer, Austin Coming TogetherRuth Kimbel, Community Partner & Owner/ Operator of Austin Childcare Provider’s NetworkSandra Diaz, HUB Coordinator, Austin Coming Together Host: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Networks
    Produced by: Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing
    Music By: Morgan Breland
    Edited by: Resonate Recordings

    • 26 min
    Essex County Council for Young Children: Centering Parent Leadership to Foster a Trauma Informed Newark

    Essex County Council for Young Children: Centering Parent Leadership to Foster a Trauma Informed Newark

    What does it look like to create a trauma-informed early care and education community? Why is centering parent leaders critical to achieving this vision? In our 13th episode, we learn about the innovative work that the Essex County Council for Young Children (ECCYC) is leading to foster meaningful cross-sector partnerships between agencies and parents to create healthy, thriving, and resilient communities. Based in Newark, New Jersey, ECCYC is made up of a coalition of parents and families, along with providers and other community members as active partners, who identify and discuss the issues that affect the health, education and safety of children from pregnancy to eight in Essex County, including the important role of childhood trauma and adverse early experience. A leading statewide model for authentic parent engagement and leadership, ECCYC is made up of majority parent involvement in key leadership roles and is actively working with peer communities to share their trauma-informed and parent leadership approach across the state of New Jersey. Through our conversation, we learn about why parent leadership matters, their cross-sector collaborative approach, and the importance of meeting people where they are at and honoring each of our gifts in this work. Learn more and stay connected with ECCYC at https://www.facebook.com/Essex.Council. 

    Guests include:
    Dr. Beverly Lynn, CEO, Programs for Parents, IncJudy Bennett, Consultant to Essex County Council for Young Children Altorice Frazier, Parent, Essex County Council for Young Children Co-Chair; Executive Director, Parents Engaging Parents Host: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Network
    Produced by: Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing
    Music By: Morgan Breland
    Edited by: Diana Rivera

    • 25 min
    Brazelton Touchpoints Center: Honoring the Strengths and Expertise of Children and Caregivers

    Brazelton Touchpoints Center: Honoring the Strengths and Expertise of Children and Caregivers

    How can providers honor the children and caregivers they work with as the experts of their own lives? In our 12th episode we feature Brazelton Touchpoints Center, located in Boston, Massachusetts, to learn about shifting to mental models that honor the dignity of children and their caregivers, a key strategy for creating a sustainable world where children grow up to be thriving adults in their local community. Listen along as we hear from Josh Sparrow and Mindy May share the story of Brazelton Touchpoints Center, their experiences with shifting mental models in their efforts to make the Brazelton vision become reality, and the lessons learned as mentors in the NOW Learning Community. 

    To learn more about the dignity framework developed by Ubuntu Research and Evaluation, visit https://www.ubunturesearch.com.

    To find out more about Brazelton Touchpoints Center and its professional development offerings on changing mindsets, visit https://www.brazeltontouchpoints.org/. 
    Guests include:
    Josh Sparrow, Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children’s HospitalMindy May, Director of Partnership and Professional Development, Brazelton Touchpoints Center Host: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village Networks

    Produced by: Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing
    Music By: Morgan Breland
    Edited By: Tiffany Rodriguez

    • 30 min
    Family Engagement Network: Supporting Families is the Key to Successful Workforce Development

    Family Engagement Network: Supporting Families is the Key to Successful Workforce Development

    What are the critical components of a successful workforce development program? The Family Engagement Network (FEN), located in Pima County Arizona, is leading the way in a holistic and family-centered approach to supporting caregivers and their families to empower themselves through the opportunity to build critical workforce skills. In our 11th episode, we hear from Lorena, a parent champion in the workforce program, who shares her experience in the program. We then learn from FEN members, Heather, Tamara, and Pam, who discuss the importance of centering families and how they navigate the needs and desires of families as a unit to improve how the network serves its community. 

    Guests include:
    Lorena Robles, Parent Champion, Family Engagement Network  Heather Friedman, Pima North Regional Director, First Things First Tamara Nicolosi, Director of Business Development and Engagement, Pima Community College Pam Valencia,  Workforce Enrollment Specialist, Pima County Arizona at Work Host: Ronda Alexander, Director of Operations, Vital Village NetworkProduced by: Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing
    Music By: Morgan Breland
    Edited by: Camila Beiner

    • 22 min
    Adelante, Adelante: El movimiento hacia la justicia del idioma y la equidad/Adelante, Adelante: The Movement Towards Language Justice and Equity

    Adelante, Adelante: El movimiento hacia la justicia del idioma y la equidad/Adelante, Adelante: The Movement Towards Language Justice and Equity

    Episodio 10: Adelante, Adelante: El movimiento hacia la justicia del idioma y la equidad


    Con sede en el condado de Jefferson, Colorado, la coalición Adelante es una red de familias, agencias y organizaciones que toma en cuenta la voz de la comunidad LatinX y hace decisiones con respecto a la salud y la educación. En nuestro décimo episodio, presentamos nuestro primer podcast bilingüe en el que practicamos la justicia del idioma hablando con tres líderes en el centro de Adelante: Cynthia Zapata, Lorena García y Paulina Erices. Estas líderes reflexionan sobre la importancia de reunirse con las familias y comunidades hispanas donde se encuentran a través de lugares culturalmente inclusivos donde pueden sentirse apoyados y respetados con dignidad, para liderar el cambio que desean ver en su propia comunidad querida. La transcripción en inglés se puede encontrar aquí:
    Los invitados incluyen:
    Cynthia Zapata, Campeona de la comunidad y Coordinadora de redes, AdelanteLorena García, Coordinadora de red, AdelantePaulina Erices, Coordinadora de red, AdelanteCamila Beiner, campeona de justicia de idiomas y entrevistadora, Vital Village Network

    English transcript can be found here: https://bit.ly/Adelante-podcast-transcript-english
    Based in Jefferson County, Colorado, the Adelante coalition is a network of families, agencies, and organizations that brings the voice of the LatinX community to decision making regarding health and education. In our tenth episode, we present our very first bilingual podcast episode in which we practice language justice by speaking with three leaders at the heart of Adelante: Cynthia Zapata, Lorena Garcia, and Paulina Erices. These leaders reflect on the importance of meeting Spanish speaking families and communities where they are at through culturally inclusive places where they can feel supported and respected with dignity, in order to lead the change that they want to see in their own beloved comunidad. 


    Guests include:
    Cynthia Zapata, Community Champion & Network Coordinator, AdelanteLorena Garcia, Network Coordinator, AdelantePaulina Erices, Network Coordinator, AdelanteCamila Beiner, Language Justice Champion & Interviewer, Vital Village Networks


    Produced by: Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing
    Music By: Morgan Breland
    Edited by: Camila Beiner

    • 30 min

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Social Justice Mediation

I really enjoyed this podcast and love the approach of Vital Village on social justice mediation. I think this would be a terrific program for teachers and administrators in our K-12 system as well. Outstanding podcast. Make this training available to all!

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Stories and lessons to transform child wellbeing!

This podcast is perfect if you’re in the fields of early childhood, community engagement & development, and organizing!
Real stories from grassroots leaders who are aligning systems for child, family, and community wellbeing.

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