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Monday, December 01, 2014

National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Toys are supposed to be fun and are an important part of any child's development. But each year, children are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. During the holiday season, parents and gift givers are urged to keep these simple tips in mind when buying toys or other items for children:

  • Labels are the best way to decide whether a toy or other item is right for a child. Most new toys have appropriate age labels and these should be adhered to.
  • Fabric items should be non-flammable and/or flame resistant.
  • Stuffed toys should be machine washable.
  • Crayons and paints should say ASTM D-4236 on the package, which means that they”ve been evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
  • Outdoor recreational items (bicycles,skateboards or sporting equipment) should be accompanied by the appropriate safety gear (such as helmets and gloves).
  • Painted toys should be covered with lead-free paint.
  • Art materials should say nontoxic.
  • Choking is a particular risk for children ages 3 or younger, because they tend to put objects in their mouths, so toys with small parts should be avoided.
Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website for the latest information about toy recalls or call their hotline at (800) 638-CPSC to report a toy you think is unsafe. If you have any doubt about a toy's safety, error on the side of caution and do not allow your child to play with it.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

National Mentoring Month

National Mentoring Month focuses attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure brighter futures for our young people. For information on mentoring opportunities in New York State, visit

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Human Trafficking Awareness Month recognizes the people, organizations and government entities that are working to combat human trafficking; and  helps educate the public about all forms of modern slavery and the signs and consequences of human trafficking.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

New Year's Day

Monday, January 19, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NYPWA 146th Annual Winter Conference

The theme of this year's conference is "We're All In This Together!"

Click here for a preview of the agenda.

Albany Marriott, Wolf Road, Albany

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Film Screening & Panel Discussion: 'What I’ve Been Through Is Not Who I Am'

The International Organization for Adolescents (IOFA) invites you to join us for a film screening (What I’ve Been Through Is Not Who I Am, a film by ECPAT-USA) and panel discussion on child trafficking in the Capital District.

This short 20-minute film brings together a diverse set of experts from juvenile justice, law enforcement, advocates, and services providers to speak about the traumatic effects of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). We hear a survivor’s compelling and emotional story, which takes us from Atlanta to New York City, from desperation to recovery and success. Her inspiring story reminds us that with understanding, opportunity and support victims can become survivors. The panel will feature local experts who respond to child trafficking in the Capital District every day.

Albany Public Library – Main Branch 161 Washington Avenue Albany, New York 12210 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Each year, nearly one in ten high school students has been hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend. And young people ages 18 and 19 experience the highest rates of stalking, which most often is committed by a current or former intimate partner for both male and female victims. The prevalence of violence in the dating relationships of teens is simply unacceptable.

Focusing awareness on this problem will help break the cycle of violence by providing support and services to the victims, their families and their communities.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Wear Orange 4 Respect Day

One in three teens experience dating abuse.  "Wear Orange 4 Respect" Day was created to help promote health relationships.

Monday, February 16, 2015

President's Day

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Women's History Month

The theme for 2015 is "Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives." For more information, visit the website


Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Independence Day

Monday, September 07, 2015

Labor Day

Monday, October 12, 2015

Columbus Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans' Day

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Day



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