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CASY Family Newsletter

CASY’s Family Newsletter is full of great information and family fun activities. Our newsletter is available monthly right here on our website, or you can have it delivered right to your email. Click below to view our archived newsletters. To receive our newsletter directly to your inbox, click on one of the below newsletters. Then, click follow Chances And Services for Youth to subscribe.

CASY Family Webinars

CASY’s monthly webinars offer parents the opportunity to learn new ways to engage children in meaningful activities, learn about resources available, and more. You can view recorded webinars by clicking below, or subscribe to our newsletter to learn about upcoming webinars.

  • Breastfeeding Basics
    • CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists welcome Shelbey Rea from ICAP – Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) as she discusses breastfeeding during this Guest Presenter Family Webinar.


  • What to Look for in a Quality Summer Program
    • Join us as we welcome back Keith Monfreda from Indiana Afterschool Network to discuss quality summer programs for your child. During this session, Keith will share what to look for to make sure you pick the right program for your children.


  • Preventing Child Abuse: Knowing the Signs 
    • Every parent should know how to identify possible signs of child abuse and what to do if he or she suspects abuse has occurred. Join Elisa Worland, licensed social worker and health & human sciences educator with Purdue Extension to learn how to protect and support your child.


  • Reasons for Resilience
    • In life, we often go through many ups and downs. We have experiences that don’t always go the way we would want them to. As adults, we need to understand our influence in helping children handle stress and learn how to bounce back from difficult situations. Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we talk about ways to help children learn to be resilient and how it will benefit their overall well-being.


  • What to Look for in a Quality Afterschool Program
    • Quality afterschool programs understand that children and youth in different age groups have different academic, psychological, and physical activity needs. Learn what to look for to make sure you pick the right program for your kids. Presented by: Keith Monfreda, Training and Development Manager with IAN.
    • View presentation slides here.


  • Car Seat Safety
    • CASY’s Certified Car Seat Technicians, Charla Cline and Sara Schultz, share car seat safety tips during this special family webinar. Increase your knowledge on how to keep your children safe in car seats and learn how a properly installed car seat can reduce the risk of death by up to 71%.


  • Engaging in Storytelling
    • CASY Family Engagement Specialists discuss storytelling techniques you can use when reading to your child. By engaging your child while reading, you strengthen their literacy skills and open eyes to the world around them.


  • Coping with Covid
    • CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists welcome Kasi Oxendine with Valley Professionals Community Health Center.  Kasi will share mental health effects with COVID-19 and coping skills that can help children and adults cope with the added stress the pandemic has caused.


  • Family Resources from Indiana Afterschool Network
    • During this time, it is essential to support both the physical and mental wellness of children and families. Join Keith Monfreda- Training and Development Manager for the Indiana Afterschool Network- as he shares resources for family and parent wellbeing, keeping kids physically active and eating well while at home, best practices for self-care, and more.


  • Learning Through Everyday Activities
    • CASY Family Engagement Specialists discuss a variety of activities and interactions you can utilize to make the most of the experience and help your child learn during this type of daily routine.


  • New Year’s Resolutions
    • The new year is almost here! Have you started thinking of your new year’s resolutions? Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialist for a discussion on helping your children set healthy, attainable goals for 2021.


  • Medicaid 101 with Anthem
    • Amanda Deardorff with Anthem shared an overview of Medicaid, as well as the added benefits of being an Anthem Member. Amanda also highlighted Anthem’s website with community resource information. Don’t miss this great information!


  • On My Way Pre-K Information Session for Families
    • On My Way Pre-K Project Managers in our service delivery area shared their expertise with us. Learn more about the program, including the impact it has on a child’s learning now and in their future. The qualifications and application process were also discussed and questions were answered. You can also request your Project Manager’s contact information if needed.


  • Infant/Toddler Safety
    • Calling all families, both new and experienced: Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we provide tips and resources on infant/toddler safety practices during sleep, play, and household routines.


  • Strengthening Families Protective Factors
    • Strengthening Families Protective Factors are the evidence-based conditions within a family that protect against child abuse and neglect and support an environment where children can develop and thrive. If you think of a time when your family faced a challenge, and how you came through that, one if not more Protective Factors were likely at play. If we can be intentional about building our Protective Factors, we can keep our children safe and our families strong.  Interested in learning more? Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we welcome Ashley Beeler from Ireland Home Based Services for a special one hour recorded webinar on Protective Factors.


  • Understanding Children’s Behavior as Communication
    • Behavior is an important form of communication, from infants to adults. Sometimes, we need to step back and look at children’s behavior in a different way to understand what they are trying to tell us. Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists for this month’s family webinar, as we discuss appropriate ways children communicate through behavior.



  • Self-care Tips and Resources for Parents & Caregivers
    • It is important to take care of yourself during times of crisis. Self-care is essential and often put on the back burner. When parents & caregivers take time to care for themselves, they are better equipped to handle everyday life. Join us to learn self-care tips and resources to incorporate in the home.


  • Guided Play for Families
    • It is important to help children learn skills and build knowledge during play. Guided play engages children in meaningful learning opportunities. Join us for some tips on supporting play at home.


  • Importance of Routines
    • Routines are vital in helping both children and adults feel safe. During this time of social distancing and school closures, children are relying on whatever normalcy they can get. Join us to talk about helping your family by keeping to your normal at-home schedules or setting up routines, if you don’t already have them in place.


  • Teaching Responsibility 
    • Do you want your child to be more responsible? This webinar discussed age-appropriate ways for children to help others, how you can help them build independence and learn to trust them to make appropriate decisions.


  • Child’s First Teacher
    • We share the “why” behind being your child’s first and most important teacher. We will explore brain development and ways you can provide optimal experiences for your young child.


  • Challenging Behavior 
    • Children are still learning how to regulate their emotions and how to respond appropriately, which can create challenges if the child is not properly supported. We will take a look at what messages your child may be trying to send, potential causes, and prevention techniques.


  • Effective Positive Guidance
    • This webinar will focus on defining positive guidance, replacing misbehavior and helping children be more cooperative.  We will look at understanding the difference between discipline and punishment to assist with changing the negative patterns in children’s behavior.  By focusing on the positive, you will find more joy as a parent.


  • Developmental Milestones Birth-12 months
    • Join the CASY Family Engagement Specialists during our 3 part webinar series, where we will discuss developmental milestones, the behaviors or skills infants and children encounter and accomplish as they grow and develop. This session will focus on milestones for infants, birth to 12 months.


  • Developmental Milestones: 13 months – 35 months
    • Join the CASY Family Engagement Specialists during our 3 part webinar series, where we will discuss developmental milestones, the behaviors or skills infants and children encounter and accomplish as they grow and develop. This session will focus on milestones of children 13 months – 35 months.


  • Developmental Milestones: 3 years – 5 years
    • Join the CASY Family Engagement Specialists during our 3 part webinar series, where we will discuss developmental milestones, the behaviors or skills infants and children encounter and accomplish as they grow and develop. This session will focus on milestones of children 3 – 5 years olds


  • High Expectations and High Quality
    • This webinar discusses the various types of child care in Indiana, qualities to look for and questions to consider when choosing high quality, and changes that may be in place since the coronavirus pandemic.


Need a certificate of attendance?

After viewing a live or recorded family webinar, click here to complete a webinar evaluation and request a certificate of attendance or additional resources.

CASY Family Supports During COVID-19 Outbreak

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CASY understands staying at home can be a big adjustment for you and your family. That’s why CASY is committed to bringing you a variety of resources for educational activities and remote learning, family fun virtual field trips, and overall well being. Visit the links below for some extra help while you are at home with your children. And remember, we are all in this together!




Brighter Futures Indiana

Brighter Futures Indiana is a resource to support you in understanding and enhancing your child’s learning at home and while in care. Brighter Futures Indiana is brought to you through a partnership with the FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning and Early Learning Indiana. For more information and resources to help enhance your child’s learning at home please visit Brighter Futures Indiana.

NBC Parent Toolkit

From early education to life after high-school, the NBC News Education Nation provides information about your child’s development. “Parent Toolkit is a one-stop resource developed with parents in mind. It’s produced by NBC News Education Nation and supported by Pearson and includes information about almost every aspect of your child’s development, because they’re all connected. Healthy, successful children can excel in many areas – in the classroom, on the court, and in their relationships with peers and adults. Our advice also covers important topics for navigating life after high school” (NBC News Education Nation). Visit the Parent Toolkit for more information.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three provides resources for parents to ensure your children gets the best start in life. The connections make in the early years of life last a lifetime. Zero to Three knows that parenting is an ongoing learning process where you are learning who your individual child is and what they need to thrive. They provide parent resources to help you learn how to best support growth and learning for your children in the earliest years of life. For more information and resources visit Zero to Three’s Parent Favorites.

National Head Start Association

Families are integral to any effort to support children’s successful learning and development. The National Head Start Association provides resources to families and information about how to find out more about your local Head Start services. For more information, visit the National Head Start Association website.

Center for Disease Control Developmental Milestones

As a parent, you want to give your child the best start in life. “Watch your child’s amazing progress by tracking his or her developmental milestones —how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves – and sharing that progress with your child’s doctor at every check-up” (Center for Disease Control, Information for Families). Visit the CDC Information for Families page to find resources on the CDC Milestones.

Indiana First Steps

The goal of First Steps is to help Hoosier families make sure their infants and toddlers receive services now to help them in the future. Services through First Steps are designed to meet the developmental needs of the child; Except in limited circumstances, First Steps does not provide services to meet medical needs. Visit First Steps website for more information.

Nemours Children Health System

Healthy eating and physical activity are important for all ages. These healthy habits begin at an early age. The habits you teach your children will become the habits they take into adulthood. Nemours Children Health System provides tools and fun ideas to help parents encourage healthy habits at home, from healthy eating activities to ways to build good social skills and nurture positive behavior. To learn more visit Nemours Families website.

Child Care Aware of America

We understand that you might be anxious or overwhelmed by your child care search. Fortunately, we can give you the tools to be confident through the process. Explore the link to understand what to look for in your child care search, the types care available, and more. Visit Child Care Aware of America for more information.

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