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Social media: the new form of contraception

Many young black or Latina women who use natural family planning methods of birth control are not doing so correctly, according to a recent Child Trends study. While most of these women abstained from sexual intercourse when they thought they were at the point in their cycles when they could get pregnant, more than half incorrectly identified when that point was. Child Trends researchers Elizabeth Cook, Amanda Berger, and Lina Guzman discuss this finding, what it means, and how social media and technology can help women seeking to use natural family planning methods, in a new blog post.

Virtual Resources

Website and social media to improve conditions for learning

No matter how good the curriculum is, it's hard for children to learn in environments where they're faced with bullying, violence, substance abuse, or other harmful distractions. Enter the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE). Funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, NCSSLE provides training and support to stakeholders involved in learning environments, and measurement of associated program outcomes. NCSSLE launched a revamped website last week, with the support of Child Trends and the American Institutes for Research.

Child Trends co-authored site content and jointly administers the Technical Assistance Center-offering resources, training, and customized technical assistance to stakeholders striving to improve learning conditions (a.k.a. "school climate"). The Center helps with the assessment of conditions for learning and the implementation of evidence-based interventions to address unhealthy and disruptive behaviors, promote positive relationships between schools, students, and families, and create safe places to learn. Follow NCSSLE on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Twitter Chat
Risks and resources for young military children

Child Trends' recent brief, Home Front Alert: The Risks Facing Young Children in Military Families, highlighted the risks facing the 500,000 children under the age of six who have at least one parent in the military. Many young children have had one or both parents deployed in active war zones during the past decade, and research shows that separation from caregivers can lead to heightened levels of stress and trauma for young children. To enable military families and those who work with and care about them to connect with each other, to share best practices and resources for young military children, and to answer related questions, Child Trends is co-hosting a Twitter chat with Blue Star Families, the National Military Families Association, ZERO TO THREE, and Military Families Learning Network. We'd love for you to join us!

Wednesday, August 21, 3:00 - 4:00pm EDT
Hashtag: #militarykids

Free Webinars

Promising Practices in Professional Development Related to Family-Provider Relationships

This webinar will focus on the alignment of national professional and performance standards, state professional development competencies, and quality rating and improvement system standards related to family-provider relationships. Brought to you by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (an office of the Administration for Children & Families, HHS), Child Trends, and BLH Technologies.
Wednesday, August 14th, 1:00 - 2:30pm EDT
Becoming Evidence-based: Lessons from the Teen Outreach Program and BUILD Chicago

What does it take to become an evidence-based program? Explore the performance-management issues associated with becoming evidence-based in this webinar from PerformWell, a partnership of The Urban Institute, Child Trends, and Social Solutions. And, hear tales from practitioners who've gone through the process.
Thursday, August 22nd, 3:00 - 4:30pm EDT

On the Road

Next week, Child Trends researchers Selma Caal and Amanda Berger will speak to Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) grantees about recruiting and retaining participants for programs for expectant and parenting teens. PAF is administered by the Office of Adolescent Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The PAF Conference will be held August 21st through 23rd in Washington, D.C.
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