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Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County

PW! Update May 17, 2022

Announcements

Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 am-2:00 pm Vern Burton Community Center 308 East 4th Street, Port Angeles

You’re invited to a FREE event celebrating expecting and new families and caregivers, supporting your emotional well-being, and providing resources and education to help you and your baby grow and thrive.

Visit our Baby Shower Website

Door prizes, refreshments, swag,

free diapers, wipes & more!

Event Schedule

Main Room

New Family Wellness Resource Fair • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Local organizations provide activities, information, support, educational opportunities, resources & free gifts

Mother’s Tea • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Moms and moms-to-be are invited to enjoy refreshments while local therapist Autumn Piontek-Walsh, MA, shares valuable tips for family communication strategies, hosted by Olympic Medical Center’s New Family Services.

Q&A with OB Providers • 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Come chat about anything from pregnancy to pediatric care with providers from North Olympic Healthcare Network.

Side Room 1

Incredible Years Workshop • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Come learn some simple and effective parenting tips from NOHN psychologist Dr. Kristine Johnson.

Conscious Fathering Teaser • 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Changing fatherhood one Dad at a time with Jessup Coffin.

Breath Work • 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Hosted by Mariposa House.

Side Room 2

Your Postpartum Pelvic Floor • 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Learn helpful techniques to strengthen pelvic support muscles postpartum, presented by OMP Physical Therapists Lisu Hu and Nora Heaton, and OMP Obstetrician Dr. Sheena Plamoottil.

Wellness and Self-Care • 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Presented by NOHN Mental Health Counselor Caitlin Sundin.

Play for the Health of It • 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Fostering healthy movement in a fun game-style workshop, hosted by OMP Children’s Clinic Nurse Coordinator Katie Lee and OMP Physician Assistant Amy Miller.

Parking Lot

Car Seat Check

Meet with Certified Car Seat Technicians for a FREE car seat check in your vehicle!

Klallam Language: kʷən̕ áʔŋəɬ ʔaʔ cə sxʷsʔúk̕ ʷɬɬ

“Supporting Our Caretakers”

This event is hosted by the Perinatal Mental Health Task Force

With a special thank you to our partners:

  • North Olympic Healthcare Network

  • Olympic Medical Center

  • Mariposa House

  • Molina Healthcare

  • United Healthcare

  • Community Health Plan of Washington

For more information, to host a booth, or sponsor a raffle item at this event please contact Kelsi at kelsi_fstep@olypen.com

HIKE UNITED WITH UNITED WAY OF CLALLAM COUNTY!
"HAPPINESS IS HIKING WITH FRIENDS!"
JUNE 20TH - JULY 31ST

WELCOME to 2022 United We Hike! Does this gorgeous PNW weather have you daydreaming about hiking outdoors this summer with your friends and family??

We are so excited to announce that registration is now open for our 2nd annual Hike-A-Thon that will take place from June 20th to July 31st! We've got new shirts coming your way and have added KIDS to the fun this year! Also, in order to reach a wider audience, we've also added an offline component for those who are not on Facebook.

Head to our website to get registered and encourage your friends and family to do the same!

Once signed up, hikers will receive a link to join an exclusive Facebook group where they can post pictures and stories about their hikes during the hike-a-thon. HIKE AS MUCH AS YOU WANT! Each weekly hike you post in the group enters you into our weekly drawing for prizes! Prizes include gift certificates and swag from local businesses like Granny's, Angeles Brewing, Peninsula Taproom, Swains, Country Aire, and more!

REGISTRATION FEES

  • Adult with a shirt - $35

  • Adult with no shirt - $20

  • Kids with adult entry (no t-shirt): Free

  • Kids entry (no adult) - $5

  • Kids with T-shirt and entry: $15

Calendar & Events

May 17 - 24th, 2022 THE 6th ANNUAL POSITIVE PARENTING CONFERENCE

Watch 14 FREE Parenting Masterclasses by World-Leading Experts to Help You Overcome Your BIGGEST Everyday Parenting Struggles!

A 100% FREE, 100% Online, 100% Awesome Annual Tuneup for Your Parenting Skills!
Click HERE to Join Us!

The AFineParent Academy is a Positive Parenting community designed specifically to provide THREE key elements of support for dedicated, growth-minded parents like you: We've collected the most effective parenting tools and insights from 82 popular parenting and personal development books into quick hour-long masterclasses for you to watch while you do your chores! Learning and growing as a parent couldn't be easier than this!

#You get to be part of a private Facebook group of like-minded committed parents just like you. No matter where you are in your parenting journey and what you are going through, we get you and we've got your back! This is a place you will fit right in.

#3You get ongoing support from knowledgeable experts through our weekly live Q&A calls. With decades of experience working with parents and kids, our wide array of experts are uniquely positioned to help you become "unstuck" no matter your situation or your kids ages!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Information Session:

Child Care Stabilization Grant and New Complex Needs Grant

Child care providers in Washington state still have time to apply for the DCYF Child Care Stabilization Grant program, which provides funds in the form of a Licensed Child Care Stabilization Grant and a Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Stabilization Grant. Grants range from $15,000 – $75,000 for the Licensed Child Care grant, and $750+ for the FFN grant. The deadline to apply for this grant is June 30, 2022 by 11:59 pm.

This webinar will also review the new Child Care Complex Needs Grant, which is intended to promote inclusive, least restrictive environments and support providers serving children with developmental delays, disabilities, behavioral needs, or other unique needs. Providers may request funds between $5,000 and $100,000. The application window for this grant will open in May 2022 and close in June 2022.

On this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Eligibility requirements for both grant opportunities

  • What grant funds may be used for

  • How to prepare a competitive application

  • How the Imagine Institute support child care providers in Washington state, such as through its Shared Services Hub and Imagine U, a paid mentorship program for individuals interested in opening their own child care businesses and becoming licensed child care providers

Thursday May 19, 2022 10 a.m. PT - Historical Trauma in the State of Hawaii & the U.S. Territories

Discussions will include the treatment of Indigeneous peoples and Asian/Pacific Islanders, colonization, slavery and labor exploitation among other relevant topics.

Zoom link here…

Find Your Adventure. Find Your Camp. Find Your Y.

Olympic Peninsula YMCA Summer Day Camps

Summer is a time for kids to explore new things and expand the limits of their imagination. At Olympic Peninsula YMCA day camps, kids will make new friends and have tons of fun as they explore new adventures each day!

Sequim: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

At the YMCA, we know kids need a safe, quiet, and inclusive place where they can go after school. That’s why we’re inviting Sequim middle school students to become a part of our YMCA After School Club for free! Students can come to the YMCA after school to do homework, read a good book, listen to music, and get a snack. The Wellness Center and pool will also be available to students if they’d like to engage in physical activity. Our goal is to keep young minds and bodies engaged even after school is out.

Port Angeles: Monday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting May 9, 2022

After School Hangout for Middle Schoolers is now available at the YMCA of Port Angeles! Students can come to the YMCA after school to do homework, read a good book, listen to music, and get a snack. The Wellness Center will also be available to students if they’d like to engage in physical activity. Our goal is to keep young minds and bodies engaged even after school is out.

Child Care Resources

Parenting

Where Have All the Fathers Gone in Child Language Research? Dearth of Dads Must Change

In reviewing the extensive body of research on children’s language development, you might find yourself looking around for some fathers. In study after study of infant directed speech (IDS), “parents” are assumed to be mothers, and fathers are rarely included. In fact, a widely cited meta-analysis found that only seven out of 114 IDS studies included fathers’ speech. Yet, parents—in all their variations—shape the linguistic and cognitive development of every child in their household.

This dearth of dads in language learning needs to change, says Dr. Naja Ferjan Ramírez, director of the University of Washington’s Language Development and Processing Laboratory. But just knowing that things need to change doesn’t mean it will be easy.

Read more…

Running low on infant formula? It is important to talk to your baby's health care provider when switching to a new formula. Most babies adjust quickly, but it could take a week or two to get used to a new formula. Reach out to your local WIC for support! http://Parenthelp123.org

From our friends at Vroom.org

Here's a secret: you don't need expensive toys to encourage #BrainBuilding—especially in the bath! Next bath time, give your child a clean plastic bottle and see how many different ways they can play with it. Let your child lead the way, but if they need ideas, try pushing it under the water or floating it like a boat. As they try something new ask them, "What do you think will happen?" Your child likes to make things happen. And it's even more fun when you watch and share their pleasure by having them guess what will happen. When they play this way, they're thinking like a scientist! And scientists are known for #BrainBuilding!

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Primary caregiver fathers and mothers are equally competent

The high quality of parenting demonstrated by primary caregiver fathers suggests that more fathers should be encouraged to be very involved in caregiving.

A new study from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom compared primary caregiver fathers, primary caregiver mothers, and dual earner mother/father couples. The researchers found no statistically significant differences in parenting quality, depression, anxiety, stress, feeling of social support, marital quality, conflict with the child, or the child’s own behavior (i.e., adjustment).

The researchers conclude: “The present study challenges the assumption that women are more suited to primary caregiving than men … fathers and mothers are equally competent at parenting in the primary caregiving role.”

Based on this finding, they recommend: “The high quality of parenting demonstrated by the primary caregiver fathers suggests that more fathers should be encouraged to be highly involved parents. To do so, policies facilitating this, such as shared parental leave and flexible work, including more part-time employment options, need to be widely promoted both by governments and by individual organizations.”

Previous research on primary caregiver fathers has often focused on gay fathers who became parents through adoption and surrogacy. These studies also found that children’s adjustment was positive. This study extends the research to heterosexual parent couples.

Read entire article here…

Preschool

New Season of the Pinkalicious Podcast!

The Pinkalicious & Peterrific Podcast is back for season two! Listen as Pinkalicious and Peter celebrate the first day of spring at the park with their fairy friends. Available on pbskids.org or wherever your family likes to listen to podcasts!

Listen Now

School-Age

Messy kids??? 4 Ways to Cut Your Kids Some Slack

I have a child whose mess has literally brought me to tears. True story. One time, I sent her to clean her room, and hours later, when I went to check on her progress, she had put maybe a single sock away. I was furious! I felt my anger and blood pressure rise like lava in a volcano and I told her—well, I yelled—"I'm coming in here with trash bags, and I (emphasis on the "I") will clean your room, so say goodbye to half your things!" She started crying and pleading with me. Eventually, I started crying too. Why did I let something like a messy room steal my peace and hers? My kids are normally good at keeping the house clean, so I realized I probably could cut them some slack on their rooms and try parenting with grace.

Check out 4 Ways from iMom.com …

News and Research

Training Opportunities from Panorama Education

Tuesday, May 17th 2pm EST Praise for Improvement

Supporting Student Behavior through Positive Feedback and Interventions will explore how to equip your PBIS teams and classroom educators to respond to student behavior with meaningful, evidence-based practices to help students achieve success in all areas of their education. (60 min)

Register to Join

Wednesday, May 25th 1pm ET Live Demo: Panorama for Social-Emotional Learning

Learn how surveys and check-ins, rich analytics, and strategic interventions enable educators to grow their students as individuals while enhancing attendance and core academic skills. (45 min)

Register to Join

Tuesday, June 14th 3pm ET Building District Teams to Support Whole-Child Development: It Takes a Village

Join district leadership for a discussion around trials, lessons learned, best practices, and how to identify and grab the low-hanging fruit to ensure you have the structure to support the successful development of student and staff social-emotional learning. (60 min)

Register to Join

On-Demand: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Accelerate Learning

This session looks at how one district is prioritizing teacher-student relationships, school climate, and sense of belonging and helping students understand the power they have to control their emotions in order to cultivate a learning-focused mindset. (60 min)

Watch now

On-Demand: Live Demo Student & Adult Surveys

In this live demonstration, we share purpose and best practices for using Panorama's Student and Adult SEL Surveys to: Build each student's SEL competencies; Create a thriving environment; and

Develop teacher and staff social-emotional learning to support every student. (45 min)

Watch now

On-Demand: Beyond Behavior

How SEL is Key to Behavioral Interventions & Support will show how district leaders at Boone County Schools (KY) and Tangipahoa Parish School District (LA) are navigating behavior in unprecedented times. (60 min)

Watch now

Pre-K Is Powerful if Done Right. Here’s How.

The Build Back Better plan, President Biden’s ambitious social spending bill, is dead in the water. However, a cornerstone of the bill — a historic commitment to early education and child care, offering universal access to prekindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds — still might have a chance of passage.

The $110 billion plan is popular. Seventy percent of voters want their representative to work with the president to enact it. More than 60 percent of registered voters see child care and preschool as a sound investment of taxpayer money. “Research shows, when a young child goes to school — not day care — they’re far more likely to graduate from high school and go to college or something after high school,” said the president, in a 2021 speech before a joint session of Congress.

However, a recent evaluation of Tennessee’s pre-K program threatens to throw a wrench in the works. Its conclusion — that students who enrolled in the program actually did worse, academically and behaviorally, in the third through sixth grades, than their classmates — has emboldened critics to question the wisdom of investing in early education.

But the critics have missed the real message of the research — whether pre-K makes a difference in students’ lives depends entirely on school quality.

Prekindergarten will only realize its promise when it’s first class. That’s the conclusion of “Pre-K Effectiveness at a Large Scale,” a nationwide analysis of preschool’s effect on fourth graders’ reading and math achievement scores, conducted by Timothy J. Bartik and Brad Hershbein at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. In states with high-quality programs, attending pre-K boosts a student’s fourth-grade math scores by 2.8 percentiles and African-American students gain even more. However, the caliber of pre-K for the typical student in the average district isn’t good enough to generate substantial benefits. The bottom line: “For large-scale expansion of pre-K to make sense, policymakers must keep the quality up.”

The Tennessee program was a model of what not to do. “The state didn’t have a coherent vision,” Dale C. Farran, a Vanderbilt University professor and the co-author of the Tennessee study, told me. “Left to their own devices, each teacher was inventing pre-K on her own.”

Link to entire article…

Investing in the strengths of Latinx families and children- How a child-centric approach based on the strengths of the diversity of Latinx ren can have positive ripple effects.

Start with acknowledging and celebrating the diversity of Latinx families and communities

The past 20 years have seen dramatic shifts in the location of Latinx communities, stretching beyond traditional jurisdictions in California, Texas, and New York into areas that are much less familiar with their needs and cultures. Indeed, the label “Latinx” does not capture the diversity of Latinx-identifying families and individuals born and raised in the United States versus recent and earlier arrivals who hail from different countries of origin and heritages, and who are fluent in different Spanish dialects and indigenous languages. (Latinx is a gender-neutral term used in the United States to refer to Latino/Hispanic individuals of Latin American or Caribbean heritage.)

This diversity can sometimes overwhelm rigid and unfamiliar systems, which can contribute to frustration, confusion, and tensions in receiving communities. Correspondingly, fear and distrust among Latinx populations and between Latinx populations and other groups can escalate. What may actually be misinformation or confusion among Latinx parents can be internalized as failure. In reality, Latinx parents bring with them hope, optimism, a sense of family cohesion, and a strong work ethic, which are key strengths that support children’s success.

Read entire article here

What the Science on Gender-Affirming Care for Transgender Kids Really Shows: Laws that ban gender-affirming treatment ignore the wealth of research demonstrating its benefits for trans people’s health

For the first 40 years of their life, Texas resident Kelly Fleming spent a portion of most years in a deep depression. As an adult, Fleming—who uses they/them pronouns and who asked to use a pseudonym to protect their safety—would shave their face in the shower with the lights off so neither they nor their wife would have to confront the reality of their body.

What Fleming was experiencing, although they did not know it at the time, was gender dysphoria: the acute and chronic distress of living in a body that does not reflect one’s gender and the desire to have bodily characteristics of that gender. While in therapy, Fleming discovered research linking access to gender-affirming hormone therapy with reduced depression in transgender people. They started a very low dose of estradiol, and the depression episodes became shorter, less frequent and less intense. Now they look at their body with joy.

Read this thought-provoking article here…

Caution Urged on Study of SIDS

Australian researchers say they've identified one potential biomarker for sudden infant death syndrome, known as SIDS, but experts caution that it's just one piece of the puzzle, CNN reports. Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Task Force on SIDS, noted the study's small sample size and said the findings are not definitive. "While the differences in blood levels of this enzyme were statistically different, even if this is confirmed by larger, additional studies, there is enough overlap in the blood levels between cases and controls that it could not be used as a blood test at this point with any reasonable predictive value," she said. Read the story here.

The State of Washington’s Babies

Where children are born can affect their chances for a strong start in life. Babies need good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences to foster their healthy brain development and help them realize their full potential.

This state profile provides a snapshot of how infants, toddlers, and their families are faring in each of these three policy domains. Within each domain, view data for selected child, family, and policy indicators compared to national averages. The profile begins with a demographic description of the state’s babies and families to offer the broadest context for exploring what may be very different experiences of the state’s youngest children.

See Washington’s Report here…

Employment Opportunities

United Way’s AMERICORPS VISTA POSITION NOW OPEN!

United Way Clallam County is thrilled to announce an open AmeriCorps VISTA position: 2022 - 2023 Resiliency Outreach and Design Coordinator! Complete job duties, benefits and info on applying can be found by Clicking Here!

Grants & Funding Opportunities

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Information Session:

Child Care Stabilization Grant and New Complex Needs Grant

Child care providers in Washington state still have time to apply for the DCYF Child Care Stabilization Grant program, which provides funds in the form of a Licensed Child Care Stabilization Grant and a Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Stabilization Grant. Grants range from $15,000 – $75,000 for the Licensed Child Care grant, and $750+ for the FFN grant. The deadline to apply for this grant is June 30, 2022 by 11:59 pm.

This webinar will also review the new Child Care Complex Needs Grant, which is intended to promote inclusive, least restrictive environments and support providers serving children with developmental delays, disabilities, behavioral needs, or other unique needs. Providers may request funds between $5,000 and $100,000. The application window for this grant will open in May 2022 and close in June 2022.

On this webinar, you will learn about:

  • Eligibility requirements for both grant opportunities

  • What grant funds may be used for

  • How to prepare a competitive application

  • How the Imagine Institute support child care providers in Washington state, such as through its Shared Services Hub and Imagine U, a paid mentorship program for individuals interested in opening their own child care businesses and becoming licensed child care providers


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