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Free Immunizations Through May 2016 At Children’s Museum of Houston

Children’s Museum of Houston to offer free vaccinations through May 2016

Free immunizations at the Children’s Museum of Houston every second Thursday of the month during Free Family Night from 5pm to 7pm beginning now through May 2016 for children ages 6 weeks to 18 years. Committed to creating a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will administer free immunizations through the Vaccines for Children Program to the first 40 children to arrive. To qualify, parents and guardians must bring their child’s immunization records. No need to pre-register. Children must qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program. For questions about eligibility, please call (832) 824-6780.


SPECIAL NOTE: Flu shots will be offered exclusively in November to the first 200 children to arrive. After this month, flu shots offered along with the standard vaccinations to the first 40 children to arrive.

• Oct. 8 (standard vaccinations – limit of 40)
• Nov. 12 (Flu shots – limit of 200)
• Dec. 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Jan. 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Feb. 11 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• March 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• April 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• May 12 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)

Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004
***Activities, events and times subject to change.

• Free Family Night every Thursday 5 – 8 p.m.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

[Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Houston]

Help ‘No Kid Hungry’ Save Summer

By Sam Read

For kids, summertime should mean food, friends and fun. But for many, summer can be a time of uncertainty about where and when they’ll get their next meal.

The summer meals program was created in 1968 to help kids in need get healthy food when school is out. Yet the current program operates under a set of one-size-fits-all regulations that don’t work in many communities.

Transportation challenges, inclement weather and bureaucratic hurdles means five out of six kids who may need these meals aren’t getting them.

As Congress considers the reauthorization of Child Nutrition programs this year, we have the opportunity to improve the summer meals program so it helps low-income kids no matter where they live. Send a letter to Congress here, or you can sign up for our Summer Action Day on June 22nd!

More at NoKidHungry.org

[Photo Credit:  NoKidHungry.org]

Children’s Museum of Houston Invites Children With Autism to a Sensory Evening Event

The Children’s Museum of Houston invites families to a cultural Sensory Friendly Eveningon Monday, Nov. 17.

Sensory Friendly Evening is an opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore the Museum.

This exclusive event will provide a comfortable, protected and accepting environment, allow parents to make connections with other families, and offer new tools and resources.

Doors will be closed to the public.  There will be no music and sound reducing headphones will be available.

Outside food and drinks will be allowed (Fresh Café will be closed).

The Museum will celebrate the opening of its new cultural exhibit, Heart and Seoul:  Growing Up in Korea, Nov. 15 – May 10.

Partners coming on this day include a speech pathologist, behavior clinic, and a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance, support, and education to families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

WHEN:    Sensory Friendly Evening, Nov. 17, 2014

(Activities, events, and times subject to change.)            

WHERE:  Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004

Special Sensory Friendly Day Admission:  $5 per person. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.SENSORY FRIENDLY DAY SPECIAL HOURS: 4 – 7 p.m.

Pre-registration required.Please contact Lydia Dungus at ldungus@cmhouston.org or call (713) 535-7238 to make a reservation.

For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

Bring the Kiddos to Meet a Real Life ‘Superhero’



Come dressed as your favorite superhero and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with music, games, prizes, food, and entertainment.

Meet real life superheroes such as firefighters, emergency medical personnel, police officers, military service members, and the Memorial Hermann Life Flight® team at Pearland’s Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center’s free ‘Superhero’ Day on Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Kids of all ages are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite superheroes and hang out with Children’s Memorial Hermann giraffe mascot Topper, H-E-Buddy, and many other characters. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with music, games, prizes, food, entertainment, and special performances by Precision Dance Academy.


Cohosted by H-E-B Plus and the YMCA, admission is free and the event is open to the entire community.


WHEN:         Saturday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.


WHERE:      Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Pearland

                        10905 Memorial Hermann Dr., Pearland, TX 77584

 [Photo Courtesy of GalleryHip.com]

Unmet Need for Afterschool Programs in Hispanic Community Is ‘Large and Growing’

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Participation in afterschool programs among Hispanic children and youth has increased significantly, from 15 percent in 2004 to 29 percent (or 3.8 million children) in 2014, according to a new household survey commissioned by the Afterschool Alliance. The 2014 edition of America After 3PM also finds that the unmet demand for afterschool is even higher: 57 percent of Hispanic students – 5.5 million children and youth – who are not already in programs would be enrolled if a program were available, their parents say. Hispanic parents strongly support afterschool programs and recognize tremendous benefits from participation.

The new survey spans 30,000 U.S. households and includes in-depth responses from 13,709 families, including 1,094 Hispanic families. It finds that 10.2 million U.S. children now participate in afterschool programs, up from 6.5 million in 2004. But the unmet demand for afterschool nationwide has increased to 19.4 million children. Demand is especially high among Hispanic, African American and low-income families.

“The country is nowhere close to meeting the demand for afterschool. In fact, the unmet demand for afterschool programs among Hispanic children is large and growing,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “It’s clear that Hispanic families value afterschool programs, because they keep children safe, inspire them to learn, help working families, and promote healthy habits. But our public policies are shortchanging millions of children of all races and ethnicities, leaving them without the programs they want and need. Federal funding for afterschool programs has been stalled for years. We need to increase federal support for quality afterschool programs.”

“Due to the fact that most students come from homes where both parents are working, we have a duty to provide safe havens for our children during the crucial hours from 3 to 6 pm,” said former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, founder of After-School All-Stars. “Afterschool programs do remarkable things for our children, families and communities. Reams of data show it, and I’ve seen it in my own work. These programs help kids with homework,  teach them teamwork, engage them in community service, pair them with mentors, help them to  be physically fit, involve them in activities like rocketry and robotics, and much more. Afterschool is a wise investment but, unfortunately, we’re not investing nearly enough. America After 3PMshows that we are meeting only about one-third of the demand for afterschool programs. We need federal, state and local governments, philanthropies and businesses to step up and provide the resources that will put us on the path to making afterschool available to all.”

Other key findings from the 2014 survey include:

  • Demand for afterschool is greatest among Hispanic, African American, and low-income families.Participation in afterschool and unmet demand for afterschool are much higher among children from low-income households than those from higher-income households, and higher among Hispanic and African American children than white children. The parents of 57 percent of the nation’s Hispanic children not currently participating in afterschool programs would enroll their child, if a program were available, as would the parents of 60 percent of African American children not currently enrolled. The same is true of 35 percent of white children.
  • Hispanic parents say that afterschool programs are an essential source of support for working parents—giving them peace of mind when at work and helping them to keep their jobs.
  •          More than 3 in 4 Hispanic parents (76 percent) agree that afterschool programs help provide working parents peace of mind about their children while at work. Agreement jumps even higher—to 87 percent—among Hispanic parents with a child in an afterschool program.
  •          Seventy-three percent of Hispanic parents agree that afterschool programs help working parents keep their jobs. Among Hispanic parents with a child in an afterschool program, 85 percent agree.
  •          Nearly 9 in 10 Hispanic parents (89 percent) say that they are satisfied with their afterschool program overall. In addition, Hispanic parents are satisfied with the safety of the afterschool environment (87 percent), and their afterschool program’s quality of care (90 percent).
  •          More than 3 in 4 Hispanic parents (78 percent) agree that afterschool programs provide children with opportunities to be physically active.
  •          Seventy-three percent of Hispanic parents agree that afterschool programs can help excite children about learning, and agree that programs help children gain workforce skills, such as teamwork, leadership and critical thinking (also 73 percent).
  •          Seven in 10 Hispanic parents agree that participating in an afterschool program can help improve children’s behavior in school, and 67 percent agree that programs can help improve children’s school day attendance.
  • Hispanic parents face specific barriers in finding an afterschool program for their children.Hispanic parents were more likely than white parents to agree that a lack of available afterschool programs was a barrier to enrolling their child. In addition, the lack of a safe way to get to, and get home from, afterschool programs, and the cost of programs were also top responses by parents identifying barriers.
  • Hispanic parents with a child in an afterschool program are highly satisfied with their program, both overall and with specific program features.
  • Hispanic parents—including parents with children in afterschool and children not in an afterschool program—recognize the multitude of benefits children gain from participating in an afterschool program.
  • Hispanic parents strongly support public funding of afterschool programs. Overall, 84 percent of parents report that they favor public funding for afterschool programs, but among Hispanic parents, 87 percent support public funding for afterschool programs.

America After 3PM details afterschool program participation rates by race, ethnicity, gender and income, describes the types of activities afterschool programs offer, examines barriers to participation, reports on parental views of program quality, and more. It provides in-depth information on children who are unsupervised after school, as well as those who would be enrolled if an afterschool program were available to them. In addition to the national data, America After 3PM offers state-level data as well as a snapshot of national participation and demand for summer learning programs.  Summer and state-by-state results are available at www.afterschoolalliance.org.

Findings from America After 3PM are based on in-depth interviews with 13,709 households with children, completed by way of an online survey using a blend of national consumer panels. Shugoll Research collected and analyzed the data for America After 3PM.  In order to participate, respondents had to live in the United States and be the guardians of a school-age child living in their household.  The online interview took approximately 15 minutes to complete. All interviews were completed between February 28 and April 17, 2014.

America After 3 PM is funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Noyce Foundation, with additional support from the Heinz Endowments, The Robert Bowne Foundation and the Samueli Foundation.

Supporting First Generation College Students [#TTGPChat]

Join TTG+PARTNERS  for a Twitter conversation about:

“Supporting First-Generation Students in the College Classroom”

A #ttgpchat about the experiences of students who are the first in their family to go to college with:
Chelsea M. Jones, @IamFirstGen
Associate Director, Student Programs
Center for Student Opportunity + I’m First!
Dr Matthew Lynch, @lynch39083
Dean of School of Education, Psychology, & Interdeisciplinary Studies +
Associate Professor of Eduacation Virginia Union University.
And First Generation Student, Brenda Angulo, @Slemo5
Trinity Washington University (Washington, D.C.)

This conversation will examine the experiences and challenges facing first-generation students in college that go beyond academics.

We will explore:

  • How do first-generation students support one another at college?

  • Do first-generation students of color require different supports?

  • Do these students receive enough guidance from faculty, administration, and family to be academically successful?

  • How does the college ratings debate impact first-generation students’ experiences?

  • How will the new Parent PLUS Loan requirements impact first-generation students of color?

Follow the conversation on Twitter. Send in questions and comments using the hashtag #ttgpchat.

Library Helps Latinos and Others Digitize History

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[Nicky Trasvina goes through old family photos. Photo by Andra Cernavskis]

On Saturday afternoon, Susan Goldstein, the City of San Francisco’s archivist, could be found in the San Francisco Public Library’s fifth floor DIGI Center, a room for digital archiving, pouring over old, print photos with Alejandra Palos, a woman ready to donate some of her father’s photos.

Manuel Palos,  an architectural sculptor,  worked on projects throughout the city including the restoration of the Legion of Honor’s eight mythological creature sculptures and the ornamentation on the Neiman Marcus building downtown.  Palos,  a Mexican immigrant, came to San Francisco in 1966 to work as a mold maker for the Palace of Fine Arts. Despite his lack of professional experience,  the lead sculptor recognized his talent and took him under his wing. Palos continued to worker as a mold maker while sculpting on the side. He eventually made enough money to take a three-week trip to Italy every year for 20 years to study sculpting and in 1984, he opened his own sculpting business, Manuel Palos Sculpture.

Now that her father is 78, Palos wants to document his life, which is why she seized on the opportunity to bring the collection of photos and documents to the DIGI Center, which ran a free-of-charge, drop-in event as part the San Francisco Latino Heritage Fair.

It was the first time the DIGI Center, which officially opened at the main branch in January, has hosted an event like this for the public at their new central location. The goal on Saturday was to help Latinos publicly document and digitize their family’s history in San Francisco.

“We are trying to do a lot more outreach about digitizing and making it a core library service,” Goldstein said as she held a black and white image of Palos with a classical human sculpture.

Those who work at the DIGI Center decided to open their services to the public during the afternoon portion of the fair, which also featured seminars on how to preserve old photographs and how to organize digital documents and photos.

Palos, who grew up in Bernal Heights, heard about the fair through the San Francisco Latino Historical Society, one of the groups that organized the day’s events. She became emotional while explaining the content of the photographs to Goldstein.

“I almost want to cry…I thought I just really needed to jump on this,” she said to Goldstein.

More at MissionLocal.org

Houston Latino Elected Officials & Community Leaders to Formally Endorse Davis, Van de Putte

Houston Latino elected officials and community leaders held a press conference at to formally endorse Senators Wendy Davis and Leticia Van dePutte and highlight the contrasts in this race. Houston Latino leaders will work to make sure that their communities know the clear difference between Davis and Van de Putte’s commitment to all Texas families by investing more in our schools to ensure that children are better prepared for the future, and Abbott and Patrick who will allow standardized tests on four year-olds and jeopardize the Texas Dream Act.

Houston Children’s Charity Gives Wheelchair Vans to Nine Disabled Houstonians


Houston’s Children’s Charity and AMS Vans, Inc. have partnered together in support of the nonprofit’s “Chariots for Children” program to give nine lucky Houston individuals and agencies a free wheelchair conversion van. Each of these individuals suffer from multiple handicaps that make their everyday life a challenge for them and their families.

These deserving recipients will receive a wheelchair van that provides families with special needs mobility freedom, unlocking opportunities of transportation and travel. With dealerships expanding across the nation, AMS Vans accommodates wheelchair users and their families with a side or rear wheelchair ramp.

WHO: Laura Ward, Houston Children’s Charity Executive Director
Dallas Crum, AMS Vans, Inc. General Manager/Community Relations Manager
Rachael Gordon, Texas Mattress Makers Official Spokesperson
Tilman Fertitta, Houston Children’s Charity Board Member and CEO of Landry’s, Inc.

Images and interviews will be available with each of these admirable Houstonians and agencies who receive a wheelchair van and have their lives dramatically enhanced.

WHY: With the substantial deduction in cost from AMS Vans, this event will be the most vans Houston Children’s Charity has ever awarded in one year. With so many applicants, the nonprofit’s focus has become to award these vans to individuals and agencies with the greatest need and impact in their lives moving forward.

Through “Chariots for Children”, Houston Children’s Charity has awarded 89 passenger vans, 21 handicapped accessible vehicles, three box trucks, one car and two vehicle modifications to 93 agencies and 21 individual families, at a cost of $2,850,698 over the past 17 years.

Additional event sponsors include: Texas Mattress Makers and Silver Eagle Distributors. During the event, Texas Mattress Makers will also make a surprise announcement with donating 200 beds as well as reveal they are the new Bed Partner of Houston Children’s Charity. For over 35 years, Texas Mattress Makers has been producing high quality mattresses with materials purchased exclusively from US based companies with no outsourced labor. They are the experts in the art of making mattresses, knowing which mattress best fits each customer and guarantees sleep satisfaction.

WHEN: Friday, October 10 from 2 PM – 4 PM
3 PM – signature photo opportunity for van giveaway

WHERE: Willie G’s – Post Oak Room
1605 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056

MORE INFO: Houston Children’s Charity is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Greater Houston’s underprivileged, abused, and handicapped children who have been otherwise left behind. The scope of our support is limited only by the availability of resources. Their goal is to let no legitimate request for assistance go unanswered.