Category: children

2015 National Survey on Drug Use & Health

On September 9, 2016, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), detailing the state of substance use and mental disorders in the nation.

This national report summarizes key findings for indicators of substance use and mental health among people aged 12 years old or older in the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States. Results are provided for the overall category of individuals aged 12 or older as well as by age subgroups. Trends continue to be presented for estimates that are assumed to have remained comparable with those in earlier years (e.g., marijuana and heroin use trends for 2002 to 2015 and mental health trends typically for 2008 to 2015).

Click here to view the full report from SAMHSA.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, Gateway encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Northeast Florida a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills and resources they need to care for their children, we can help prevent child abuse and neglect by making meaningful connections with children, youth and families in our communities.

Research shows that protective factors are present in healthy families. Promoting these factors is among the most effective ways to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect. They are:

  • Nurturing and attachment
  • Knowledge of parenting and of child and youth development
  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Concrete supports for parents
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Gateway is showing its support for our nation’s children by displaying blue pinwheels – the national symbol for the great childhoods all children deserve because our children are our future.

In support of these efforts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, its Child Welfare Information Gateway, the FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and over 30 National Prevention Partners have created 2016 Prevention Resource Guide: Building Community, Building Hope. The resource guide, designed for service providers who work throughout the community to strengthen families, is available online at https://childwelfare.com/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/resource-guide/
Throughout the month of April, celebrate the lives you touch and those who have touched yours by honoring them with a pinwheel.

 

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Choosing An Early Learning Program

Children learn best when they have proper health and nutrition, a safe and stable family and home life, and activities that stimulate creativity and curiosity. Quality early learning and child development can open the doors of opportunity for every child to do well in school, in the workforce, and in life. When you choose a quality child care/early learning or afterschool program, you can feel confident that your child is safe and secure while you are at school or work. Your child is more likely to be ready for kindergarten, do well in school, graduate high school and go to college.
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Summer Camp—A Learning Experience

When people think of camp, they think—Fun! But the benefits of our children attending summer camp is so much more than just having fun. What’s really important is the value of the experience and what children learn. It teaches you how to be a good citizen and how to be successful in life. Very strong and lasting lessons about how to be a contributing member of a community are made at camp. You can interview people 20 years after they have gone to camp and they will tell you about their experience at camp with great clarity.
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