Infόrmate August 2012 Edition

Greetings from ACF!

Please enjoy our August edition of Infórmate. Four dozen Hispanic community advocates have been added to our list serv since our inaugural edition in July — Bienvenidos!

It’s back to school season at ACF! We would like to recognize and thank our Head Start educators and staff, as well as our Child Care providers, for beginning another year of quality child development.

Did you know that 33 percent of all Head Start students (around 903,000) are Hispanic? And 26 percent of those students speak Spanish as their primary language? Over the years, the Head Start has undertaken many activities to promote culturally and linguistically responsive programs for children birth to five and their families. 

Another area we concentrate on at Head Start and Child Care is safety. This year, ACF has partnered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and SafeKids USA to prevent heatstroke injury and death by targeting its national campaign on prevention to our vast network of child care providers and educators. On Aug. 17, Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius held a press conference to call attention to the issue. Even though fall is upon us, extreme heat is still being felt across the United States. We have shared key messages with our Head Start and Child Care staff about ways to avoid leaving children in vehicles and how we can share this message with parents. Take a minute to view the Look Before You Lock campaign and share materials with your community.

Thank you,

George H. Sheldon
Acting Assistant Secretary
  for Children and Families


Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon and Puerto Rican Secretary Yenitisia.Focusing on Poverty in the Caribbean
Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon visited with local partners in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to discuss flexibility within existing programs to provide necessary assistance for American families most in need. Where allowable by law and regulation, ACF is ready to work with local partners to combat poverty experienced by U.S. citizens in the Caribbean. (Photo of Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon touring the Nuevo Amanecer Runaway & Homeless facility in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with Honorable Yanitsia Irizarry Méndez, Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of the Family).


Children’s Bureau: More Children Find Permanent HomesA mother tucks in an adopted child into bed.
Did you know that 51,969 Latino children entered the foster care system in 2011? ACF released its most recent Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, or AFCARS report, which includes some encouraging statistics about child welfare in the United States. More children in the United States are finding permanent homes (foster care numbers are down by nearly 25 percent from a decade ago). In 2011, 50,061 Latino children left the foster care system. Currently, around 22,929 Latino children are waiting to be adopted. Administration for Children, Youth and Families Commissioner Bryan Samuels recognizes successes and recommits to do more to promote safe, permanent families for children faced with abuse and neglect.


ACF programs have a variety of funding opportunities available to support social service programming at the state, local and tribal levels. Our grantees include both non-profit and for-profit organizations as well as government, educational and public housing groups. ACF's wide breadth of programming funds an array of activities that support the economic and social well-being of people throughout the country. Find out which grants are available today. To learn how to apply for a grant, view this document.


Interested in working with ACF?
ACF is working hard to enhance the cultural competence of the agency, its employees and its contractors. One sure way to reach that goal is to hire more people from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to increasing diversity in the ACF workforce. We encourage you to apply or to share these jobs vacancies with qualified individuals ready to for a federal career in social services, program management and/or supervisory administration. Here is a list of current vacancies:

Supervisory Social Science Analyst (Washington, D.C. - $105,211 to $155,500) Position is located in the Office of Head Start and provides expert technical leadership, policy, and program guidance to OHS and 12 regional offices on the development, implementation and evaluation of a Training and Technical Assistance Network serving Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and American Indian/Alaska Native Head Start programs. Visit job link:
Supervisory Family Assistance Program Specialist (Denver, CO - $103,771 to $134,899) Position provides guidance and direction on technical assistance initiatives, and oversight of fiscal and administrative matters with respect to TANF and related programs in the geographic area under his/her supervision. Visit job link:
Field Program Specialist (Several positions: Miami, FL - $72,805 to $94,645 and Seattle, WA - $73,420 to $95,444); Position entails working with unaccompanied immigrant children, caseworkers and child care staff. Spanish skills are a requirement.  Visit job link:
Field Program Specialist (Several positions: Houston Metro Area, TX $77,579 to $100,851; San Antonio, TX $68,809 to $89,450; Harlingen, TX $68,809 to $89,450; Brownsville, TX $68,809 to $89,450 El Paso, TX $68,809 to $89,450; Chicago Metro Area, IL $75,403 to $98,022; Phoenix, AZ $70,376 to $91,487; Washington DC Metro Area, DC $74,872 to $97,333; Philadelphia Metro Area, PA $77,585 to $100,859; Newark, NJ $77,585 to $100,859; New York, NY $77,585 to $100,859); Position entails working with unaccompanied immigrant children, caseworkers and child care staff. Spanish skills are a requirement.  Visit job link:


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