The updated FOCUS on the Go! and FOCUS on Foster Families mobile apps are available now! Download the apps for fun with new friends that will also help your family communicate, problem solve, and grow even closer! Join Feeling Fox and Buddy Bear as they explore the skills that keep your family strong with engaging games, resources, and videos. Available FREE for mobile phones and tablets on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store!
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SEEDS Center for Family School Readiness presented “Connected Play,” a hands-on training on the benefits of relationship-based play. Participants engaged in music play and a small group STEM activity to explore the idea that young children learn how to self-regulate through relationships, and that self-regulation is essential to a successful start in school and throughout life. SEEDS presented this workshop to UCLA / VA Veteran Family Wellness Center and UCLA TIES for Families teams. Connected Play is one of several workshops SEEDS offers to support early childhood professionals in... Read more
In the midst of devastating fires in Los Angeles County and across Southern California, the NFRC has put together some resources to help parents address this complicated issue. These articles provide guidance for speaking to children about fires before, during, and after they occur. Read these articles to find out how to help your kids feel as safe as possible when disaster strikes.
Guard Your Health, a resource for Army National Guard Soldiers and their family members, published an online article about the NFRC and its programs. The article highlights how NFRC resources relate to the needs of military families. The article also includes NFRC tips for building strong family bonds. To read the article, visit... Read more
The UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center celebrated their opening day on Monday, November 27, 2017 at their West Los Angeles VA Campus Rose Garden. Leaders from UCLA and the VA highlighted the center’s innovative, family-centered programs and discussed their resources with opening day attendees. Congressman Ted W. Lieu, a colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves, attended the event to express his support for the new center and veteran Jose Pérez shared his experiences with the Families Over Coming Under Stress (FOCUS) program. The event also celebrated the launch of the UCLA... Read more
The NFRC’s Lauren Marlotte, PsyD attended the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting and exposition November 4-8 in Atlanta, Georgia. This year, the theme of the meeting was "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health." Contributing to this year’s message and mission, Dr. Marlotte facilitated a workshop entitled “Evidence-based Youth Programs to Improve Health Outcomes” and gave a presentation to meeting attendees. Lauren’s talk, “Resilience 101: Creating an evidence-based college program to promote resilience and mental health,” discussed the development and... Read more
The NFRC’s Family Development Program is featured in a chapter of the Handbook of Attachment-Based Interventions, a book for providers about evidence-based interventions that promote attachment security and a valuable tool for early childhood practitioners. The NFRC’s Director of Training and Development, Dr. Catherine Mogil, and the NFRC’s Clinical Training Coordinator, Victoria Ponce, are listed as co-authors. Check out the attached flier for a 20% coupon code!
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SEEDS’s Dr. Blair Paley, Jolie Delja, and Clare Gorospe gave an interactive presentation at the 2017 Children’s Institute Trauma-Informed Care Conference on Friday, September 29. Their presentation focused on providing psychoeducation on executive function and empowering clinicians with the skills to help children build executive function through play. The SEEDS team facilitated and coached an interactive play activity, nature clay sculptures, to give conference attendees a real-world play example they can use in their own clinical work.
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This weekend, the NFRC’s Strategies for Enhancing Early Developmental Success (SEEDS) team attended the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Resource Fair & Family Day. SEEDS staff had fun helping families create clay sculptures using nature items including flowers, leaves, and sticks! The team also provided psychoeducation and coaching to help parents use playtime to build their child’s executive function skills. Executive function abilities help children succeed in school, follow directions, and navigate everyday life and include skills like planning, organizing, and... Read more
The NFRC’s Director of Training and Development, Dr. Catherine Mogil, assisted Live Happy magazine write an article entitled “Grounded.” The article discusses real-world strategies for staying calm and rooted during stressful and difficult times—or just during daily life. Tips include reaching out to others, carving out your turf, and rationing your news. For more guidance and information on feeling grounded, find the article on newsstands now!