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February 2020






Three Questions with Kelli Owens, Executive Director, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)


Family/ interpersonal violence is a complex area of child maltreatment. PCANY recently was awarded funding to delve deeper into this issue. In the coming year, we will partner with NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence and various state agencies, including the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, to bring greater focus to this important issue. 

How does domestic violence impact children?

The harm caused to children who witness domestic violence varies depending on a variety of factors. Exposure to domestic violence certainly increases the risks to children of physical, emotional, and psychological harm, and research has shown that some children exposed to domestic violence demonstrate aggression and anti-social behaviors as well as more fearful and inhibited behaviors at significantly higher rates than children not so exposed. Exposure to domestic violence can also result in children having lower social competence and poorer academic performance, and can have an effect on children’s emotional health similar to the effect of direct child abuse.

Research shows that in 30-60% of families where child abuse or maltreatment is present, adult domestic violence is also present. Conversely, in 30-60% of families where adult domestic violence is present, child abuse or maltreatment is also present (1). Even in cases where children may not be the direct target of child abuse, their awareness that one parent or caretaker is abusing the other can cause severe and pervasive physical and mental health consequences, even if they are not physically present when the violence is occurring. Often, simply knowing that such violence is occurring within their home or family leads to significant fear, confusion, and impaired social skills and connections, all of which may lead to higher rates of isolation and the development of unhealthy relationships throughout their lifespan.

Why is a Protective Factor Approach Important in Response to Domestic Violence and Children?

We know that changing the balance between risk and protective factors so that protective factors outweigh risk factors is an effective prevention and intervention strategy. Helping children and families build resilience and develop skills, characteristics, knowledge, and relationships that offset risk exposure can contribute to both short- and long-term positive outcomes.

Using a protective factors approach can be a positive way to engage families because it focuses on families’ strengths and what they are doing right. Also, a protective factors approach can provide a strong platform for building collaborative partnerships with other service providers—like child care—that are not as familiar or comfortable with a risk paradigm as a basis for engaging families.

Studies documenting the types of problems associated with children who are exposed to domestic violence reveal a wide variation in their responses to the violence. Children’s risk levels and reactions to domestic violence exist on a continuum where some children demonstrate enormous resiliency while others show signs of significant maladaptive adjustment. Protective factors such as social competence, intelligence, high self-esteem, outgoing temperament, strong sibling and peer relationships, and a supportive relationship with an adult, are thought to be important variables that help protect children from the adverse effects of exposure to domestic. In addition, research shows that the impact of domestic violence on children can be moderated by certain factors. While witnessing or being exposed to domestic violence can negatively affect them, the frequency with which they witness positive interactions between their caregivers can have a positive impact. Additionally, children who utilize problem-solving strategies and coping skills demonstrate fewer maladaptive symptoms, though the age of the child can be a significant factor, as younger children appear to exhibit higher levels of emotional and psychological distress than older children whose more fully developed cognitive abilities help them better understand the violence and select various coping strategies to alleviate upsetting emotions.

In terms of gender, in general, boys exhibit more “externalized” behaviors (e.g., aggression or acting out) while girls exhibit more “internalized” behaviors (e.g.,withdrawal or depression). We’ve also seen that boys tend to identify more with the male abuser and girls identify more with the female victim and that both may continue these roles throughout life if the issues are not addressed.

What efforts is New York State making to address domestic violence and its impacts on children?

As the country’s only Executive-level agency solely dedicated to the issue of domestic violence, OPDV represents New York State’s commitment to addressing all forms of intimate partner violence and its many impacts on children, families, and communities. The State recognizes that this is a complex issue that impacts all ages, genders, races, religions, abilities, and economic groups, rather than a “private family matter between two people,” and has advanced countless laws and initiatives to support its position that domestic violence is a public health crisis and human rights violation.

In 2019, Governor Cuomo convened the New York State Domestic Violence Task Force to provide information and recommendations about the prevalence of domestic violence in the state, to identify resources, needs and barriers to resources and safety, and to propose recommendations to respond to the risks, challenges, and gaps in service provision. The Task Force identified the need for prevention and intervention efforts to begin with children as young as toddlers, and that these efforts should extend through adulthood. As such, they are recommending the implementation of culturally responsive, community-based primary prevention strategies and programs aimed at young children and youth, to reduce the likelihood that these individuals will experience domestic violence, and to provide services and supports for those who have, in an effort to prevent further victimization.

In addition to the implementation of the Task Force, Governor Cuomo has also directed the State Education Department to convene a task force, in consultation with the Department of Health, the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, the Office of Children and Family Services, medical experts, teachers, students and families, to update the State's health standards with current, medically accurate, comprehensive information on healthy relationships for grades 6 through 12 in all public school classrooms. Under this initiative, which was part of the Governor’s 2019 Women’s Agenda, these students will receive, with parental consent, consistent, medically accurate, comprehensive sex education that includes the same definition of consent used in the “Enough is Enough” Law, as well as information about dating violence and health. The new standards would also apply to all residential treatment centers operated or licensed by the Office of Children and Family Services.


(1) Paraphrased from Jeffrey L. Edleson, “The Overlap Between Child Maltreatment and Women Abuse,” Violence Against Women Online resources available from; Internet; accessed 30 January 2004.


Protective Factors Focus: Social Connections


Over the next few months we will be featuring a focus on the Protective Factors, highlighting a different one each month with some examples of ways to implement them in your life. This month's focus is on Social Connections:


Everyone needs someone to talk to, someone to depend on and someone to have fun with.


Ask for help. When we ask for help, we give someone a chance to feel valued and useful, as well as keep ourselves engaged.  Research shows that belonging to social groups and networks is just as important a predictor of health as diet and exercise. People with strong and healthy relationships are less likely to feel stressed by challenging situations.


Here are ways to build up your social connections and increase protective factors in your life and in your community:


1. Get familiar with parent groups gathering in your community.

2. Remind parents that friends are an important support.

3. Encourage play dates.

4. Emphasize the importance of family meals--families need to stay connected too.

5. Remind parents that time spent with friends can serve as a respite, help re-energize them and make them better parents.


What's Great in Our State: Nominations Now Open


As part of the 2020 New York State What's Great in Our State (WGiOS) celebration on May 5, 2020, the planning committee for the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event is seeking nominations to honor individuals, communities, schools, and organizations across New York State that are making a difference in the field of children and youth mental health.  This year’s theme is “20/20: Children’s Mental Health Coming into Focus”.

Here’s your opportunity to recognize those who are doing outstanding work! Our annual recognition focuses on the following six categories:

 Youth/Young Adult
 Family/Caregiver
 Lifetime
 Systems of Care Community
 Organization or Community Group
 School

The attached nomination form includes more detail about each category. The deadline for nominations is February 24, 2020. Please submit nominations to
Kate Provencher. All nominations will be reviewed by the interagency planning committee and notifications will be made by March 24, 2020.

Awardees will be recognized at the WGiOS celebration event on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, from 8:30 am to 3:30 p.m., at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, New York. The day will include workshops as well as recognition of the 2020 Honorees. Contact Kate Provencher with any questions.         
About the Planning Committee
The Planning Committee is comprised of 15 state agencies and not-for-profit organizations which are committed to advancing children’s mental health. Through this event, the committee works collaboratively to promote the importance of children’s mental health as a necessary component of children’s overall health. Prevent Child Abuse New York is proud to be a part of the Planning Committee.


December 2019








Recently New York State lawmakers passed a bill that will provide direct care workers in domestic violence shelters, safe dwellings and domestic violence programs axross New York state training to recognize Adverse Childhood Experiences, thanks to a bill proposed by Queens Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi. In this edition of Three Questions, Kim Siciliano, Executive Director of YWCA NENY; along with Lauren Trunko, Director of Women and Family Services; and Demeka Santana, Shelter Coordinator, share their experiences in working with children who have been affected by domestic violence. 



How have you noticed the trauma of domestic violence affect the children at the shelter? What correlation do you see between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse?


We see young children at the shelter latch on to staff quickly and become attached.  Some young children will spend time in the staff office, it seems to make them feel safe.  Children exposed to domestic violence show a deep concern for what is going on with their parent who is the victim.  They tend to be over protective and display anxiety, fearing that something is going to happen to their parent.  Children who are exposed to adult conversations and situations are the ones who worry the most.   We notice children seek attention from anyone who shows an interest, often emotionally neglected from growing up in an unhealthy environment, they long to be given attention-positive or negative.  This makes them susceptible to becoming victims as they progress through childhood into adulthood. We have seen children in our shelter with eating disorders, children behind developmental milestones, children who act more grown up than they should as they had to take on the role of an adult in their household at times.   


Children witnessing violence and not addressing the feelings and emotions involved in that are at a greater risk to be either the abuser or the victim. Many clients (female) stated they watched their mother go through the patterns of abuse and now its happening to them.  We see generational and cultural violence often because of the number of years we have been providing services in Schenectady.  Many of our staff who have been with us for over 15 years have seen 3 generations of women in families come through our shelter and/or advocacy services.


What program and services do you provide for the children and teens in your Domestic Violence program?  


We have a full time children’s case manager at our shelter and depend on many outside resources for afterschool assistance, housing opportunities for displaced families, and grassroots organizations working with underprivileged youth.  YWCA offers counseling to children and plans outings and social activities for families and children in a safe environment. 


What preventative services and  community services are available to them (children) after they leave? 


We refer families to Parsons (Northern Rivers) for mental health support, Schenectady Healthy Families for infants, SEAT Center, Boys and Girls Club.




Pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period are critical and fragile times for mothers and infants. Proper prenatal care, early maternal support, and planning to care for a new baby are essential to healthy births and positive maternal and infant outcomes. Unfortunately, for a growing number of women, particularly women of color and Native women, persistent barriers during the prenatal and postpartum periods lead to significant negative health outcomes and, in the most extreme cases, death.


The Home Visiting to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Act recognizes that a meaningful increase to MIECHV could make a significant impact on the maternal mortality and morbidity crisis. Home visiting empowers, educates, and builds resiliency in mothers facing a variety of adverse circumstances that affect their health in the perinatal period and into their child’s early years, thus creating opportunities to impact positive changes for families.


Prevent Child Abuse New York fully supports The Home Visiting to Reduce Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Act, along with numerous other organizations and individuals.


To read the full letter of support, follow this link.




Tamae Memole, Program Development Director, recently presented at the Early Childhood Conference through the Southern Adirondack Child Care Network. With assistance from Melody Tien and Mia Stufflebeam, she lead the Friday Conference Opening, screening Resilience and leading a conversation with viewers about what they learned. She also lead a workshop introducing the Protective Factors Framework for attendees who wanted to learn about relevant actions to take to strengthen the protective factors and build resilience for children and families. If you would like additional information about the trainings that we offer, follow this link




October 2019









The Home Visiting Coordination Initiative (HVCI) is hitting the road with summits across New York State. So far successful summits have been completed in Syracuse, Rochester, Sanborn, Dunkirk, and Herkimer. Upcoming summits include Troy, Poughkeepsie, and Bronx! Twenty summits have been scheduled in total. Regional data collection is being updated and worked on. Directors and alike from Home Visitor sectors have been brought together to collaborate and brainstorm areas of need and strength for home visiting in their counties and regions. Themes have begun emerging and the direction of advocacy efforts are becoming apparent. One overarching theme we have learned is that a home visiting campaign is needed to de-stigmatize the use of home visitors and normalize the services that parents need and deserve. We look forward to learning more from each region as the Home Visiting Development Coordinator travels across the state.




PCANY is pleased to announce that the Governor signed S3420A (SAVINO) into law on October 4th. The bill provides that parents and caretakers who are otherwise eligible for child care assistance are able to utilize such assistance when care is necessary to enable them to sleep. This is a big step forward for child care and for strengthening families! Follow this link to see our full Memorandum in Support of Night Shift.




Both the Home Visiting Coordination Initiative and the NYS Parenting Education Partnership have announced their webinar series for the rest of the year. Follow the links below to register for these professional development opportunities.


October 21, 2019 10:00 AM EST (Brought to you by HVCI and PCANY)



October 23, 2019 10:00 AM EST (Brought to you by NYSPEP and PCANY)

What Divides Us: The Foundations of Implicit Bias and its Impact on Parenting


November 14, 2019 11:00 AM EST (Brought to you by HVCI and PCANY)

Diversity and Inclusion


December 10, 2019 10:00 AM EST (Brought to you by HVCI and PCANY)

Perinatal Networks




September 2019, Part II







Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) Quality Assurance (QA) Specialists visit HFNY program sites regularly to observe practice and offer support for staff and program
development. These visits focus on home visitor and supervisor competencies, and the relationships between staff and families. Sites’ QA visits involve two days at the
program site, with one day of practice observations and one day of Site Support training. In addition, Individualized Technical Assistance is provided by members of the
HFNY Central Administration as needed.
Every two years the HFNY training team develops new Site Support materials that enhance staff's foundational skills, and delivers the content to individual programs
across the state. Family Support Specialist (FSS) Site Support for the 2019-2021 cycle will focus on Reflective Capacity, Resilience and Retention (The 3 Rs). The training will
support participant and staff retention by revealing the essential role that reflective capacity and resilience play in building overall retention, while weaving in new Reflective Strategies, advanced Motivational Interviewing skills, current brain science, and the trauma informed approach to enhance staff competencies.


Return on Investment is the focus of the upcoming Family Resource Specialist (FRS) Site Support. Training will include an analysis and discussions regarding the
effectiveness of each program’s current outreach and engagement practices. The team approach to outreach, engagement and assessment will be explored as programs
continue to build and maintain capacity. The training will offer strategies for overcoming obstacles to family engagement and explore how programs may conduct an analyses of engagement practices with a goal of increasing family acceptance rates.
The Training and Staff Development team at PCANY looks forward to this next cycle of supporting best practice in HFNY programs located all throughout New York.
For more information and to locate a HFNY home visiting program near you please visit



Sites have been working hard to market the Enough Abuse Campaign in their communities. Several sites have been tabling at conferences and community events in order to spread the word about child sexual abuse prevention. This summer 12 trainings took place across the State. Trainings are free. If you would like to join the thousands of
people trained each year on child sexual abuse prevention through the Enough Abuse Campaign, please contact or visit




PCANY Board President Bill Hayes has found a way to make donations to the organization go even further--with a matching challenge. Hayes will match any gift from a new donor or any increase in a gift from an existing donor, in honor of the organization's 40th anniversary.


This matching gift will help us reach our goal of preventing child abuse in all its forms by supporting the healthy development and prosperity of New York's children, families, and communities through public awareness, training and technical assistance, and policy work and advocacy.


Thank you Bill for your support of PCANY!






September 2019








PCANY Board President Bill Hayes has found a way to make donations to the organization go even further--with a matching challenge. Hayes will match any gift from a new donor or any increase in a gift from an existing donor, in honor of the organization's 40th anniversary.


This matching gift will help us reach our goal of preventing child abuse in all its forms by supporting the healthy development and prosperity of New York's children, families, and communities through public awareness, training and technical assistance, and policy work and advocacy.


Thank you Bill for your support of PCANY!






Missed our Summer Institute day back in June? No worries, NYSPEP is excited to announce that our 2019-2020 webinar series will continue the conversation held during
our Summer Institute. Join us on September 25th, 2019 with fathering specialist Don Campbell for Part One of the webinar series. Don will be presenting, “What Divides Us:
The Foundations of Implicit Bias and Its Impact on Parenting. 


Through this webinar, participants will gain a foundational understanding of implicit bias and the ways in which we have come to understand its impact on communities and,
more specifically, on raising children.
· Explicit versus implicit bias
· The toxicity of micro aggressions
· Implicit bias in the instructional environment
· Limiting the damage
· Bias and fathering

Don Campbell’s background includes a diversified and extensive base of prior experiences in learning and development and social services, including roles with The
New York Public Library, the Literacy Assistance Center of New York City, the City University of New York, State University of New York, the New York City Department of
Health & Mental Hygiene, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow and WESTMED Practice Partners. Don is a fathering specialist at Forestdale’s Strong Fathers, a program based
in Forest Hills, NY that supports fathers aspiring to engage more deeply and provide more meaningfully for their children by helping them grow their parenting skills,
emotional intelligence and behavior management skills.

Follow this link to register.






The HVCI Development Coordinator has completed informal meetings with all 10 of the Backbone Organizations across NYS. At this time we are planning our first Home
Visiting Coordination Summit for early September in Region 4. Each summit will seek to facilitate connections between existing home visiting programs as well as inform best
practices and work toward a more comprehensive, coordinated system. The Backbone Organizations have been working hard to ensure first summit dates, summit facilitators,
and summit locations are secured and SWOT exercises completed.




August 2019







Where in the World is PCANY????

Because we are a statewide organization, our staff is out and about across New York State. We provide a number of trainings and are active in several community- and regionally-based initiatives. We also like to visit partners and see what’s happening on the ground. Here’s where we are working currently, and where we’ve been recently.


Healthy Families New York (HFNY)

HFNY is an evidence-based voluntary home visiting model designed to provide services to families that begin prenatally, or at birth, through age five. HFNY uses an infant mental health/relational development approach that promotes parent-child attachment to achieve its mission of preventing child abuse, neglect, and other adverse childhood outcomes.


The nine members of the Training and Staff Development Team, housed at PCANY and located around New York State, prepare HFNY Family Support Specialists (FSS), Family Resource Specialists (FRS), Supervisors, and Program Managers for their roles in the HFNY home visiting program that includes: 


   1. Basic and advanced training.

  1. Curriculum development.
  2. On-site quality assurance, site support, and technical assistance.
  3. The Link, the newsletter for Healthy Families New York.
  4. Specialized materials to enhance staff development.
  5. Phone and email consultation to sites as needed.
  6. Materials on parenting and child development for home visitors and parents.  Available in English and Spanish.


HFNY matches parents with knowledgeable and caring home visiting staff who provide information and support during pregnancy and early childhood. Services include helping families access community resources and services, educating families on parenting and child development, connecting families with medical providers, and assessing children for developmental delays.  The HFNY network has expanded to 44 programs throughout NYS ( since its establishment in 1995. HFNY is a collaboration of state, local, private, and publicly-funded home visiting programs affiliated with each other and with Healthy Families America (HFA). 


The partners in the NYS multi-site system are:

·       New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

·       Accredited Healthy Families New York Programs

·       Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) 

·       Center for Human Services Research (CHSR), University at Albany, SUNY



New York State Parenting Education Partnership (NYSPEP)

NYSPEP is a professional organization for individuals engaged in or interested in parenting education. NYSPEP is convened by state and local partners including, Prevent Child Abuse New York, New York State Office of Mental Health, New York State Office of Children and Family Services, New York State Education Department and New York State Council on Children and Families. Membership includes parenting educators, related professionals, students and lay leaders who provide services to parents and families with children, and those who fund, support and advocate for parenting education, at local and state levels in New York. Members work at local and state levels, to enhance parenting skills, knowledge and behavior that ensures children grow in nurturing environments. NYSPEP serves as a source of information, resources, and support for parenting education and support programs in New York State.

NYSPEP currently funds and supports community coalition work throughout New York State in parenting education and engagement. This year, NYSPEP is partnering with Tioga, Clinton and Niagara counties to explore opportunities through hosting community cafe conversations and strengthening relationships through the PARTNER networking analysis tool. Last year, NYSPEP worked with coalitions in Orange, Steuben, Tompkins and Richmond counties to strengthen the parenting education happening in their communities through various avenues including screening of the film, Resilience.


The Enough Abuse Campaign

Enough Abuse New York is a grassroots child sexual abuse prevention program initially developed in Massachusetts. The Enough Abuse Campaign offers educational information to parents, youth, professionals, and other concerned adults to prevent people from victimizing children and youth today and to prevent children from developing abusive behaviors in the future. The program model is based on individual counties in NYS committing to implement this program by training dedicated adults to present the Enough Abuse Campaign Curriculum to others in their communities. The Enough Abuse Campaign is currently active in the following counties: Broome, Cayuga, Clinton, Erie, Jefferson, Lewis, Nassau, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Suffolk, Tompkins and Yates. The Enough Abuse Campaign on average trains about 2,000 community members each year on how to recognize, respond to and prevent child sexual abuse.




June 2019, Part II: Advocacy E-News










"Three Questions" with Heather Briccetti, President & CEO of the Business Council of New York State:


High-quality child care supports and strengthens families by allowing parents to work while providing educational opportunities in safe spaces for children. Yet 2/3 of New Yorkers live in child care deserts, where the need for care far outweighs the number of programs/providers. Even when programs exist, the cost of care in our State is amongst the highest in the nation, making it unaffordable for many, especially the working poor.

PCANY supports increasing funding for childcare subsidies while exploring creative ways to expand access to high-quality early childhood education. We are proud to serve on the Governor’s Child Care Availability Task Force with Heather Briccetti.

What is the BCNYS’s general position on child care?

Access to affordable, high-quality child care is a critical requirement for parents to participate in the workforce and to support their families. The lack of affordable child care keeps many women out of the workforce entirely and often affects the ability for both parents to be fully employed. The economic impact of the lack of access to

child care is estimated to be a loss in the billions of dollars, both by employers and in tax revenue to the State.


The Business Council supports programs and policies that will improve access to high-quality child care across the State. While subsidies are a part of the equation, there is still a tremendous shortage of access across the board, even for families who do have some ability to pay for it. This challenge will require creative solutions beyond subsidies, and we believe there is an opportunity to approach the challenge with bold new ideas that may even shake up the system. The current funding mechanisms in the system are overly complex and are not adequately serving the needs of families.

What role can the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs) play in expanding access to high-quality programs? What can independent businesses do?


I’m not sure the REDCs are equipped to address the issue on their own, but there may be an opportunity for them to assess local child care needs and see if there could be a consortium of local employers willing to provide resources to support a child care center for the regional workforce. Across the State, there are exponentially more small businesses than large, and any small business on their own isn’t equipped to address their employees’ child care needs. Employers could begin to have conversations with other regional businesses and child care providers to see what types of existing resources could be leveraged, and what new resources would be needed to adequately address local needs.


How can NYS better support the child care workforce, who are often undercompensated?


There needs to be a cost estimate to determine the true cost of high-quality child care programs with well- educated staff who are adequately compensated. Currently, we know what it costs to subsidize programs at rates that lead to undercompensated staff in which child care business owners can still barely remain open. If you’re a child care business owner receiving subsidies that barely allow you to keep the doors open, you

certainly can’t afford to increase wages of even the best employees.

We have to start with knowing what the cost of a high-quality child care program is and then examine some of the current public funding mechanisms to support them. The complex web of public funding for child care doesn’t make this a simple task, but if enough people are committed to truly coming up with solutions, there could be the political will to make changes in the system that will benefit more New York families, and in turn the State’s economy.




During the tail end of May and throughout June, PCANY has worked diligently on an initiative to instill a “trauma-informed” legislature. Jenn O’Connor, Director of Policy and

Advocacy, and Margaret Dickson, Marist intern, have arranged and participated in 28 meetings with various legislative offices thus far, with approximately 25 more meetings planned before the end of June. The number of meetings secured is staggering, as the end of session has proven to be a busy time at the NYS Capitol! Arrangements for meetings will continue throughout the rest of the year, ambitiously resulting in meetings with 214 legislative offices!


The meetings are intended to educate legislators (Assembly Members and Senators) and legislative staff about the influence of childhood trauma, particularly Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) upon the overall success of a child, physiologically and psychologically. Educational packets detail ACEs in tandem with protective factors, and include a list of definitions, a resource PCANY urges legislators to utilize when drafting bills or memos in an effort to ensure usage of correct language. Responses have been positive, often transitioning to a conversation about personal experiences, anecdotes about divorce or observations about friends who matured in an unstable home. Numerous staffers have inquired about how to implement ACEs knowledge within legislation, or have identified possible education reform, recognizing the role ACEs play in the disruption of the school day. These conversations have been supplemented by the underlying biological research about the nervous system, and the influence prolonged arousal of the sympathetic nervous system (“Fight or Flight” mechanism) has upon hyperactivity and aggression. This point of conversation has been utilized to discern the difference between ACEs and toxic stress, simultaneously illustrating the interconnectedness of the phenomenons.


Ultimately, the initiative has sparked a broader conversation about childhood trauma, introducing new ideas about how to intercept a child acting out earlier in life and educating those unfamiliar with the topics. PCANY looks forward to upcoming legislation that addresses the impact of ACEs upon a child, mitigating these effects and ensuring an overall more successful, healthy individual.




The PCANY Training and Staff Development Team held their annual Advanced Day trainings for Program Managers and Supervisors throughout NYS this spring. Developed by the team, the training focused on the HFA Service Plan, a road map for Healthy Families New York services, and included many interactive elements. More than 75 program staff took part in the training that will assist them to:


  • Work with staff to reduce family risk factors, promote protective factors and support healthy parent-child relationships.
  • Connect the Parent Survey to Service Planning.
  • Utilize the Service Plan tool as a blueprint for on-going HFNY services.
  • Plan and develop strategies for implementing the Service Plan through supervision.
  • Train their teams on the purpose and use of the Service Plan.


Overall, the training was a huge success. Feedback included that staff appreciated the time to connect with others in their roles in different parts of the state, learn from each other some new and creative “tips and tricks” to service planning, and collect more intervention strategies.

The HFNY network now has a better understanding of the recently released HFA Service Plan and is looking forward to integrating it into their work with families to achieve success.


To locate a HFNY home visiting program near you please visit http:/




Prevent Child Abuse NY Staff attended the Cost of Inequity Conference hosted by the Early Care & Learning Council (ECLC) on June 13, 2019 in Latham, New York. Our staff enjoyed hearing from the keynote speaker, Dr. Walter Gilliam and his research on early childhood and preschool educator experiences. PCANY would like to thank ECLC for having us attend the event and be a part of the discussion.


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PCANY Staffers Brittany Enekes and Melody Tien at the Cost of Inequity Conference




June 2019









“Three Questions” with Misha Marvel, Child Nutrition Program Specialist, Hunger Solutions:

Most of us have heard of WIC, but can you share how the WIC program supports families?


Good nutrition during pregnancy and in the first years of a child’s life is very important. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides healthy food, breastfeeding support, nutrition counseling, and referrals to other services that can help women and young children in need. WIC is for pregnant women, postpartum moms, breastfeeding moms and children up to their 5th birthday. Dads, grandparents, and caregivers, including foster parents, can also apply for children in their care. Research has found women who use WIC while pregnant have healthier births, reduced infant mortality and better infant feeding practices. It has also shown that children on WIC have diets that are more nutritious, which helps them do better in school. WIC can improve lifetime health for women, their infants, and young children, and many moms don’t even know they are eligible!


We hear there’s a new way to shop with WIC now. Can you help us understand?


It’s true; shopping just got easier with eWIC! WIC benefits are now given electronically on an eWIC card account instead of paper checks. Parents and caregivers can use their eWIC card just like a debit card at the WIC-approved store’s register to buy their WIC-approved foods. These foods can also be purchased in more than one shopping trip, and when it works best for them. Participants just need to be sure to use all of their benefits before they expire on the last day of their 30 day benefit cycle. WIC participants can also download and use the free WIC2Go app on their smartphone. WIC2Go helps participants find WIC-approved stores, and WIC Clinics, scan foods at the market to see if they are WIC-approved, check their WIC benefit balance, and view their next



What would be the next step for someone who thinks they would benefit from WIC services?


In 20 counties across the state, the WIC Help New York program can help. WIC Help Specialists provide one-on-one services to connect potential applicants to the WIC program. Specialists can tell someone if they may be eligible, and help them set up and prepare for their first appointment at a WIC clinic near them. It is free and confidential. Outside of the 20 counties where WIC Help Specialists are located, anyone can call the Growing Up Healthy Hotline at 1-800-522-5006 and ask for help with WIC.



The HVCI continued its webinar series in May with presentations on the Pyramid Model, Aspire (NYS’s early childhood workforce registry) and maternal depression. You can view the archived recordings at


Join us:


June 12 at 10:00:

Understanding Infant Mental Health (two parts)

Part I: This one-hour webinar will provide an overview of infant mental health—what it is, what to expect, and how to teach parents about social-emotional development. Presenter: Laura Krug (Zero to Three/HealthySteps)

Registration URL:

Webinar ID: 679-135-579


June 19 at 10:00:

Understanding Infant Mental Health (two parts)

Part II: This one-hour webinar will focus on HealthySteps, a program that co-locates mental health specialists in pediatric practices. Presenter: Laura Krug (Zero to Three/HealthySteps)

Registration URL:

Webinar ID: 811-763-179

We are also pleased to announce that, with funding from the federal Preschool Development Grant through the NYS Office of Children and Families, we were able to hire a full-time HVCI Coordinator. Amanda O’Brien joined us this month!


We have also contracted with several nonprofit organizations around NYS to help organize regional summits. Stay tuned for information on this exciting project, which officially launches this month.


Enough Abuse Campaign (EAC) Update

The Tompkins County Enough Abuse Campaign (EAC), led by the Advocacy Center, has once again ramped up efforts in their local middle schools to make sure students are trained on recognizing and responding to child sexual abuse. Since March, 237 middle school students have taken part in the “It’s Not Just Jenna” module during their health classes.


This module is an 18-minute video accompanied by a post-viewing discussion about the lessons Jenna’s story teaches us about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it.  When asked what they like best about the lesson, one student stated that “It helps me to understand better how to handle a situation like this even if it isn’t you and it’s one of your friends”. Another student added, “I liked how it helped us better understand abuse and to know what to do if that happens. Now if I see that happening I know what to do. I know to call the Advocacy Center.”


If you are interested in bringing the EAC campaign to your school or community, please contact Brittany at