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PW! Update May 27, 2022


Surprise! We are publishing a few days early to beat the holiday next Monday!

Calendar & Events

Tuesday May 31, 2022 6:30 pm or Thursday June 2, 2022 Noon

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2022 AT 6 PM

Join us for our first ever foster care information night. This virtual event will give families and individuals an opportunity to learn about the variety of ways to support foster children. You will hear from different foster care agencies and about the many different programs that are offered in Washington State.

Register here…

NOLS Storytimes begin Friday June 3

Children of all ages are invited to Rainbow Storytime. Listen to affirming stories and songs that celebrate inclusion, diversity, and all types of families! ! This program takes place outside — rain or shine. Bring a blanket to sit on and a way to keep dry if it’s rainy.

All NOLS locations will offer this program:

  • Friday, 6/3, at 10:30am in Port Angeles

  • Thursday, 6/9, at 10:30am in Clallam Bay

  • Saturday, 6/11, at 10:30am in Forks (Tillicum Park)

  • Saturday, 6/11, at 10:30am in Sequim

More info…

Saturday June 4th!!!!

Thursday June 30, 2022

Nita Lynn's Retirement Celebration!

June 30th, 2022 from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for a special celebration

to honor Nita Lynn and celebrate her impact at First Step

and in our community.

4:00—5:00 p.m. social hour and refreshments

5:00—6:30 p.m. presentations

Located at Vern Burton Community Center

308 E 4th Street, Port Angeles, WA

Please RSVP through the link on this email or at

Or call (360) 457-8355

Psst! If you can not attend but you would like to leave a message for Nita, you can do so in the RSVP link below.


RSVP here…


Talking to your child when something scary happens from PBS Kids

“We cannot fully ‘news proof’ our home when unsettling events happen in the world, but we can help kids navigate what they hear through simple, responsive, reassuring conversations,” says parenting expert Eric Rasmussen. As we all struggle to respond to the tragic events in Uvalde, Texas, we have gathered resources to help you and your family manage these difficult moments. As Fred Rogers famously said, “I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” We hope that these resources bring your family some comfort today.

Helping Kids Navigate Scary News Stories

Find tips on how to talk to kids about scary events in the news.

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"Meet the Helpers" Collection"Meet the Helpers" Collection

Many children have questions and can feel uneasy when emergencies occur in their communities. "Meet the Helpers" introduces “helpers” and explains the role they play in emergency situations.

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Why brain building with your child matters so much…

Your child’s brain grows the fastest from birth through age 5! Helping them learn now gets them ready for school, friends, and life.

Babies are born ready to learn. And you have what it takes to help them!

Every time we connect with young children, it's not just their eyes that light up—it's their brains, too. Vroom helps all parents discover that they already have what it takes to boost their child's learning.

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Celebrating Milestones FREE CHILD CHECK

Child Check is a Universal and Free Program to verify that children are meeting their fine/gross motor, language and social/emotional/behavioral developmental milestones. These skills are important for Readiness to Learn and Kindergarten Readiness.

Available to EVERY child in Clallam County between the ages of 18 months and entrance into kindergarten.

Child Check is parent centered and focused on helping parents come to a better understanding of their child’s development, develop better parenting practices and learn more about community resources that can aid them in parenting.

Client Services: Amanda Sanders

Program Manager: Lisa Lyon

More information here…


Peninsula Pre-3 Co-op has Summer Classes

Registration is open for summer 2022 10-week sessions classes for children 12 mos. to 5 years and their parents/caregivers.

Tuesdays 9:30-11 a.m. or Thursdays 5:30-7 p.m.

Information can be found at Peninsula Pre-Three Cooperative - Welcome (

Mind in the Making Skill-Building Opportunities

Turn challenging moments into skill-building opportunities.

Picky Eating, Bedtime Fears, Meltdowns, Constant Crying, Sibling Rivalry: what's a parent to do?

Mind in the Making is here to help you discover the skills that every child needs. We've researched the questions parents most frequently ask each other, their families and the professionals in their lives. And we’ve taken those questions and created 1-page guides for parents and professionals to help them turn common behavioral issues into opportunities to promote life skills in children.

Check out more information here


Lego Games!!!!

Lego is a staple in a lot of families’ toy cupboards. It’s horrible to step on, but what other toy can be built into an infinite number of designs, taken apart, and constructed into a whole new structure?

I know I could sit and play with it for hours (who says it’s just for kids?). But what if Lego wasn’t just a toy that kids sat at the table to play with? What if Lego could be used in games and activities that get kids moving?

Get your kids up and active with our list of Lego games. They’re sure to “build” excitement (see what I did there?) into your young inventor’s life.

10 Lego games to get kids moving - Active For Life

News and Research

Additional information here…

PACEs Connection's popular "Historical Trauma in America" series is renewed!

Due to its popularity, PACEs Connection's Race & Equity Workgroup is continuing the "Historical Trauma in America Series". This event examines historical trauma in the United States of America and its impact on American society in a series of virtual discussions.

Link to article…

Holding Hope IECMHC Program Supports Social-Emotional Development in Youth

The Fair Start for Kids Act funded the expansion of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) services offered to Early Achievers participants through Child Care Aware of Washington. The Holding Hope IECMHC program is designed to promote the social-emotional development and well-being of young children in licensed child care settings throughout Washington State. Learn more here…

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