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positive childhoods in Clallam County

PW! Update October 11, 2022

Calendar & Events

Internet Safety

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FREE WEBINAR SERIES from The White Hatter presented by Prevention Works!

Wednesday Oct 12, Nov 9, & Dec 14 from 7pm-9pm – For Parents, Caregivers, and all who work with Youth

These special, FREE events, are presented by Victoria, B.C.-based company and experts in internet safety and digital literacy, The White Hatter. The live broadcasts can be viewed from the Port Angeles Library or online.

Co-Sponsored by the Port Angeles School District and United Way of Clallam County, and Sequim School District, with support from the North Olympic Library System

JOB Fair October 19th Sponsored by Chamber of Commerce on Wed. Oct. 19, 10am-1pm

Prevention Works! will have a table where Joy Sheedy and Yvette Cline will answer - questions about Child Care Positions!!! If you would like to have your information included, please send that information to Joy Sheedy.... “Attention for Job Fair” or questions 360-457-6549.

See the schedule for the month ahead & Register Here

2nd Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Poetry Reading

Monday, October 10, 5:30-6:30pm
ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕txʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day through poetry by Native poets of the Olympic Peninsula! An open mic for Native poets will be followed by featured reader, Sara Marie Ortiz.

Día de Culturas – Celebrando la Diversidad Latinoamericana

Saturday, October 15, 3-7pm at Peninsula College, Forks Campus

Únase con nosotros para celebrar el Mes de la Herencia Hispana con un evento comunitario.

Come join a community event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

Day of the Dead – Tin Box Diorama/Día de los Muertos – Diorama de Lata

Take & Make kit available Monday, October 17, at all NOLS locations

El Día de los Muertos es una tradición de México y parte de los Estados Unidos en la que se honra y se recuerda a amigos y familiares que ya han fallecido.

Day of the Dead, or el Día de los Muertos, is a traditional holiday observed throughout Mexico and parts of the United States, which honors and remembers friends and family members who have passed on.

Generational Clarity (Trauma Informed Strategies): An Indigenous Perspective

Friday, October 21, 8am-5pm at Red Cedar Hall on the Jamestown S’Klallam Campus in Blyn
Presented by JanMarie Ward Olmstead (Chumash), MPA

This interactive workshop will provide participants an opportunity to develop an understanding of how the historical experience of American Indians and Alaska Natives connects to Intergenerational Trauma, ongoing discrimination, racism, lateral violence, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). Registration Required.

Exploring Climate Anxiety and Building Community Resilience Together

Thursday October 27, 12:30-1:30pm at Studium Generale, Peninsula College, and on Zoom
Presented by Melanie Greer

Many people are experiencing a wide range of responses to how climate change is affecting our communities and our lives. This presentation will introduce a common language and knowledge about the range of reactions people are reporting and strategies to take towards personal and community resilience.

Resilience Month at a Glance:

  • Cross-Sector offerings and participation

  • Learning from lived experience as well as national experts

  • Can be applied across the lifespan

  • Celebrating and learning from culture

  • Shared leadership - a county wide innovative, collaborative month of events and activities focused on building knowledge, skills, connection, and resilience.

Check out Tiny Videos are back!!!

Please tune in for some tiny video fun! The Tiny Videos will air in 15 min blocks on Channel 120 at:

  • Mondays at 2pm and repeat at 7pm

  • Fridays at 11am and 9pm

The tiny videos will also stream on See the full Take Care & Be Well Tiny Video Playlist


New federal safety standard aims to protect children from high-powered magnets

The AAP-backed rule going into effect Oct. 21 says loose magnets in certain products must be too large to swallow or too weak to cause serious injuries if they can be swallowed.

Read Article here….

How to Help Your Child Build Social Skills (

There's nothing more painful for a parent than the rejection of their child. Perhaps you notice your child sitting by themselves as you go to pick them up from school, or they are being left out of playground games.

It is heart-breaking as a parent when you feel like you do not know how to help a child who is not fitting in socially with kids their age. That's why it is never too early to work on building those social skills with your child.

We've laid out 7 ideas you can use to help build social skills in your child, helping them make friends easier in the present, and helping guide them to a happy, fulfilling life in the future. See them here…

Red Book Webinar on Head Lice

Dawn Nolt, MD, MPH, FAAP, lead author of the clinical report "Head Lice,” which is published in the October 2022 issue of Pediatrics, provides a brief overview of the updated clinical report in a newly recorded webinar and a slide presentation. Topics include a review of available medications and the use of a new algorithm to aid with decision-making in the treatment of head lice.

Other resources:


First Step Play & Learn Group at Port Angeles Drop-In Center

Babies and toddlers learn through playtime, storytime, games, and music activities. Age-appropriate learning activities for pre-schoolers are provided through art, music, song and dance, circle and story time, literacy, science, and other activities.

When: Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sept 14th – Dec 7th
Where: First Step Family Support Center, 325 E 6th Street
Contact: Melissa Gigstead (360) 912-1305
View/download brochure

Play & Learn Group at Sequim YMCA

Parents and children come together to hear stories, do crafts, and participate in circle time and supportive discussions! This is a great place to have FUN with your children, to interact with other families in playtime, and enhance the bond with your family and the community. Sessions are free and open to everyone!

When: Thursdays 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sept 15th – Dec 8th
Where: YMCA Sequim – 610 N. 5th Avenue
Contact: Melissa Gigstead (360) 912-1305
View/download brochure

Babies and toddlers learn through playtime, storytime, games, and music activities. Age-appropriate learning activities for pre-schoolers are provided through art, music, song and dance, circle and story time, literacy, science, and other activities.

Thursday afternoons 12:30 p.m. to 2 YMCA Sequim


10 fun autumn activities for kids

Here are some of the best ways to enjoy this new season!


5 Ways Kids Can Learn to Get Comfortable With Discomfort

"Nothing's going right for me," my son said, moping about. "I just want to be happy." He'd had a string of difficulties recently. His friend changed schools. His relentless math teacher gave homework every night. And he had to squeeze in two more service hours before the weekend. I think it's our default as moms to make problems go away for our kids, or at least to want to make things better. And with all the books and talk about finding happiness abounding in recent years, some kids may think if they're not happy all the time, something's wrong with them. If that's the case, our kids are getting the wrong message.

Being happy all the time isn't realistic, nor is it healthy. I want my son to know that there'll be bumps along the way. And that's just life! Accepting that discomfort and being able to handle it are skills that will ultimately lead him to a richer, more meaningful life. Here are 5 ways to teach kids to handle discomfort and why it's a necessary step toward real happiness.

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News and Research

If you're a parent, teacher, childcare provider or even casually keeping up with politics, you have probably heard of "universal pre-school" (UPK). What is UPK?

UPK lets all families enroll their children in a pre-kindergarten program with public financial support, and when offered in mixed delivery settings it can make childcare more affordable. The UPK breakdown below is what CareForAllChildren believes is the ideal policy.

A handful of states and cities around the US have implemented Universal Pre-K. Here's what they found:

  • UPK increased academic achievement, social/emotional skills and school readiness.

  • UPK increased family's earnings by reducing childcare costs.

  • UPK Increased parental labor force participation.

    In addition to the impact on a child's brain development, the childcare industry has an economic impact of
    $99.3 billion. Although, many policy makers understand that childcare makes it easier for parents with young children to return to work, what is often under appreciated is once at work, high-quality childcare helps parents improve their productivity.

Cities and states across the nation are making progress in prioritizing childcare affordability, but we need continued public investment in programs like UPK to support families.

Researchers and economists discuss whether publicly funded preschool is really worth the investment and how policy around UPK should look in a Brookings' article, Is universal preschool worth it? Read Brookings' Article Here

The Cato Institute examines the importance of choice when it comes to UPK in Universal Preschool: Lawmakers should approach with caution, and argues that having a "diversity of UPK options" is essential.
Read Cato's Article Here

Employment Opportunities

Grant and Funding Opportunities

Homeless service providers in Washington are eligible for up to $4,000 in economic relief

Applications opened Thursday, Sept. 29

Commerce is administering a limited program for eligible homeless service workers in Washington to receive a stipend of up to $4,000.

Homeless service workers with an immediate economic need and income at or below 80% of the county area median income where they live may be eligible for a stipend up to $2,000.

A second stipend payment of up to $2,000 is also available for individuals who received an initial stipend payment and are still working for the same eligible organization six months after approval of the first stipend payment.

Eligible homeless service providers work directly on-site with persons experiencing homelessness or residents of transitional or permanent supportive housing.

Check out more information, sign up for updates and learn how to apply on the Homeless Worker Stipend website.

Individuals are eligible for the stipend if they meet all the following requirements:

  • You are a homeless service worker

  • You work for an eligible organization

  • You work in Washington state

  • You have an immediate economic need

  • Your income at or below 80 percent of the county area median income they live in

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