National WIC Association

In Case You Missed It: Opportunities, Information, and Resources

February 22, 2021

Develop Your Leadership Skills in WIC: NWA's Next Leadership Academy Cohort Starts March 21

Are you interested in developing your leadership skills and connecting with your peers across the country? No matter where you work in WIC, honing leadership skills is invaluable for personal and professional growth. NWA offers a customized online learning experience for building tomorrow’s WIC leaders today. Discover your leadership potential. Develop your portfolio with relevant and realistic projects, and use discussion questions to stretch your skills. Dialogue and solve problems with peers nationwide while working in a flexible space. Learn more here.

It's Not Too Late to Renew Your 2021 NWA Membership

Whether you joined us in 2020 or have been a member for decades, we thank you wholeheartedly for your support and engagement with the National WIC Association (NWA) over the years; particularly over the 2020 year; which had us all face many incomprehensible challenges. We hope our partnership was useful to you. If you have not yet continued your membership for 2021, it is not too late. Renew today!

There is a grace period for membership so your benefits will not lapse immediately. We will alert you as soon as that grace period is ending. Questions? Contact membership@nwica.org.

2020 State of WIC Report

NWA’s Inaugural State of WIC report was released on February 10, on the WIC Hub. The report highlights the experiences of WIC providers and stakeholders, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will serve as a resource for WIC administrators, providers, and researchers. View the report here.

Recruiting Families for Virtual Strolling Thunder

ZERO TO THREE will connect a parent/guardian and a baby/toddler (under the age of 3) from every state and the District of Columbia with their Members of Congress for a virtual conversation about the experience of raising young children and what they need to support their baby’s healthy development. This year the focus is on the six Think Babies policy solutions: child care, paid leave, Early Head Start, infant and early childhood mental health, economic security, and family support through social services.

ZERO TO THREE is looking for families with at least one child under the age of 3 who see themselves as advocates – whether that means speaking up for their child’s needs or contacting an elected official about an issue important to their family. The selected families will be trained and supported through their virtual meetings with their Members of Congress, and families must be available to participate in preparation leading up to the event and activities on May 18. In addition, ZERO TO THREE is committed to ensuring the class of 51 selected families represents the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of our nation’s 12 million babies and toddlers. 

Strolling Thunder recruitment is live, and you can promote this opportunity to your networks. Click here for a social toolkit, including graphics and social posts, to help you spread the word. Interested families should submit an interest form no later than Friday, March 5. If you or families have any questions, please see our FAQ or contact Amanda Perez at aperez@zerotothree.org.

Early Childhood & WIC Student Research Opportunity

HER NOPREN’s Early Childhood (EC) WorkGroup and WIC Learning Collaborative would like to showcase student research this spring, April 19. The top six abstracts — three on EC research, and three for WIC research — will be selected for an oral presentation. The oral presentation will be 5 minutes in length with 10 minutes for questions and feedback from researchers and practitioners in the field. Students and postdocs are encouraged to submit their work! Presenters can only submit one abstract. Abstracts submitted to upcoming national conferences will be eligible. Abstracts must be an original research project and 350 words maximum. Submit abstracts here.