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The Power of Two Party, featuring NYT best-selling author Heather McGhee

Watch NYT Best Selling author Heather McGhee, author of The Sum of Us, and co-founder Erasma Beras-Monticciolo discuss racial and social equity for all children and families during Power of Two’s first-ever annual Party+Fundraiser.

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Research Results For Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC)

Responsive parenting in early childhood has lasting positive effects for children over many years. Rigorous studies of ABC show that, for families experiencing serious ongoing stress, the program effectively: increases parents’ sensitivity and responsiveness toward their children and creates powerful emotional, cognitive, and physical results for children in the key areas of development through age…

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A Message to the Power of Two Community

Power of Two is grateful to the men and women of the jury in the Derek Chauvin trial who found officer Chauvin guilty on all charges in the murder of George Floyd. As your partner in community, we know the long standing legacy of police brutality and lethal use of force that is experienced by…

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“After The Kids Move In” – Interview with Erasma Beras-Monticciolo

Listen to Erasma’s interview on After The Kids Move In where she talks with Pat O’Brien about our partnership with families and the power of relationships in promoting good health for parents, children and communities.

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How the virus devastated workers in a Brooklyn neighborhood

Originally published by Jasmine Garsd on NPR’s Marketplace on July 13, 2020. Father Edward Mason remembers when he realized COVID-19 was going to be devastating to his community in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York City. It was back in mid-April. In the local public housing complex, a lot of seniors weren’t answering their phones. “And when…

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Mama, Am I Going to Die Young Because I’m Black in America?

Originally published by Erasma Beras-Monticicolo on the BK Reader on July 1, 2020. “Am I going to die young because I’m Black in America?” That was the question my 7-year-old son asked during our recent family meeting initiated by the Black Lives Matter protests happening across the nation. My husband and I had decided it was time…

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Brownsville is Waging its Own Fight Against COVID-19 and Racism

Taylor Gordon bagging food for BMS and East Brooklyn Food Safety Initiative at BCCC on Belmont Avenue. Photo: Hannah Whise Originally published by Erasma Beras-Monticciolo on City Limits on June 19, 2020. In Brownsville, Brooklyn we have struggled to find the words to express how we felt as we watched the video of George Floyd’s brutal murder…

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Healing and Protecting Children from Racial Trauma and COVID-19 Pandemic

Originally published by Erasma Beras-Monticciolo on Medium.com on June 12, 2020. Our community doesn’t get a break. In the midst of this pandemic, we’re seeing a combustible mix of isolation, job loss, sickness, and feelings of being trapped and terrorized by an epidemic of police brutality. These experiences create exposure to toxic stress and leads to a decrease…

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We’re Reopening, Yet Communities of Color Are Still Suffering and Social Service Organizations Are Hemorrhaging

Originally published by Erasma Beras-Monticciolo on Medium.com on June 12, 2020. New York emerges from lockdown yet black and brown communities still have high infection rates and those of us supporting them, are stretched. I’m increasingly heartened by media images of people protesting en masse throughout the nation in an anguished cry for justice in the wake…

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Statement on Violence Against Black Communities

Dear Friends and Family, The events of the past week have been horrifying. For decades, we have watched countless videos of law enforcement brutally exerting their power, both physically and psychologically, against black bodies. I wish that I could say that this behavior is an anomaly, but it’s not. This behavior goes back to chattel…

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