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PW! Update June 28, 2022


Nita Lynn retires from First Step Family Support Center

First Step Family Support Center announced the retirement of its long-term Executive Director, Venita “Nita” Lynn, recently and is now inviting the entire community to a party in her honor, a celebration of Lynn’s 39 years at the helm of First Step.

Lynn began her work with what would become First Step Family Support Center in 1983, as a home visitor to new moms and dads, teaching parenting classes, and facilitating mutual support groups for young parents. Early successes inspired her to expand First Step to reach an increasingly wider portion of the community.

In a recent note of thanks to First Step and Lynn, a parent who was visited regularly by Lynn in the late 1980’s wrote “[y]our kindness and caring made me see that my children deserve the world, and that I was capable of giving that to them. You were so supportive when I had no one on my side.”

First Step now offers a range of two-generation-focused services from prenatal support, to home visiting for pregnant and parenting moms and dads, from critical support for new parents struggling with substance use disorder, to school readiness day camps for kindergarten-bound kids, and much more.

Everyone in the community will have a chance to thank and celebrate Nita Lynn at a community party in her honor on June 30th, from 4:00 to 6:30, at Vern Burton Center, 308 E 4th Ave, in Port Angeles. All are welcome.

Please go to First Step Family Support Center • Serving Clallam County since 1972 and click on RSVP HERE! You can leave a message for Nita if you cannot attend in person.

Calendar & Events



We're excited to announce that our amazing partners at Clallam Resilience Project are launching a Collaborative Learning Academy, October 2022 - June 2023! They are seeking applications from Clallam County organizations on the journey to becoming more trauma sensitive.

  • No-cost 9-month academy for 10 local organizations & agencies

  • 2-4 persons from each agency to attend 1 monthly 3-hour session

  • Gain tools, stipend, models & enable time for organizational change

  • Collaborate & partner with organizations to strengthen community

Contact Minnie Whalen with questions: 360-457-3011 |

Applications are due Friday, August 5 and can be found here: Application

Peninsula College In-person Summer Camps Coming Soon!

Classes for children 8-14 years of age!!!

They have partnered up with Black Rocket to offer online Summer Camps in coding, design, engineering and more! Classes are led by live teachers and include small break out sessions with coaches.

Here's what you can expect at our STEAM camps:

  • Live classes led by top teachers

  • Participate in our wider Creator Corps TM community

  • Small break out sessions with coaches

  • Epic Customer Support

  • Safe, Fun, that order!

Parents - Look for emails the week before camp with instructions. Jump-start your future in creative tech with Peninsula College and Black Rocket!


Panorama's Free Virtual Summit

Join Panorama Education for Leaping Forward, an all-day free virtual summit that brings new tools, shares expert views, and helps us leap forward into action and with inspiration. In this summit, we apply an SEL framework to:

  • learn from keynotes and workshops by leading experts in the K-12 education field, including Dr. Salome Thomas-El, an award-winning principal, teacher, & author, and Dr. Brian Dinkins, CEO of the Center for Empowering Education

  • explore what it takes to "leap forward" into action through topics such as positive relationships, behavioral support and interventions, SEL & emotionally inclusive classrooms, and much, much more!

  • connect with passionate experts, practitioners, and education leaders from around the world to share and reflect on best practices

Wednesday, July 14, 1:00 - 1:45 PM ET

Live Demo: Tools, Systems, and Insights for Positive Behavior

District's have been expressing a clear need for simple and effective tools to log behavior data, reveal key insights, and pair it together with other key data and interventions in a comprehensive MTSS data solution. Join this live demo to see a powerful platform built to support educators by empowering students to thrive.

Register to Join On-Demand


ALL NEW: "Daniel Visits a New Neighborhood" Special
Get ready for an all new tiger-tastic movie with Daniel Tiger! In "Daniel Visits a New Neighborhood," Daniel takes his first train ride to visit Juan Carlos and his family in another neighborhood. Stream for free on the PBS KIDS Video app,, or wherever you watch PBS KIDS!
Watch NoALL NEW: "Daniel Visits a New Neighborhood" Special

Get ready for an all new tiger-tastic movie with Daniel Tiger! In "Daniel Visits a New Neighborhood," Daniel takes his first train ride to visit Juan Carlos and his family in another neighborhood. Stream for free on the PBS KIDS Video app,, or wherever you watch PBS KIDS!

Watch Now


First Teacher Newsletter

Here is link to June’s First Teacher Newsletter with resources for parents.

First Teacher Newsletter June 2022 (

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5 Ways to Handle a Kid Who Always Says ‘It’s Not My Fault!’

The swim meet ended late in the evening. Dozens of families gathered at the picnic tables beside the pool to eat a buffet and relish the victory. I’d just returned from my car with an armful of chip bags when a young swimmer ran past holding a huge platter of cookies. Barefoot, he hurried along, his eyes on the table ahead. So focused on the task at hand, he didn’t see the tree root, thick and ropy, until it was too late. The cookies went flying. The boy fell to the ground and his teammates whooped. Then he hastily stood, glaring at the tree. “Hey!” he shouted. “It’s not my fault! This tree root’s huge! Who picked this picnic table anyway?”

Read more….

News and Research

Study: 20 minutes of daily vigorous exercise optimal for teens

About 20 minutes of vigorous physical activity (VPA) each day is optimal for teens’ cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), according to a new study.

Authors suggested simplifying existing physical activity recommendations in light of the findings.

“Undertaking 20 minutes of daily VPA to improve CRF may provide the means for adolescents to improve their long-term health outcomes at scale,” they wrote in “Intensity and Duration of Physical Activity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness,” (Burden SJ, et al. Pediatrics. June 13, 2022).

The World Health Organization and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) call for children and adolescents to get 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. The HHS guidelines also spell out how much should be vigorous, muscle- and bone-strengthening. But surveys have found most adolescents don’t meet these guidelines.

Read more here…

Making Space for Conversation: Peninsulas Early Childhood Coalition

Peninsulas Early Childhood Coalition (PECC) is home to distinct communities who strive to connect and learn from each other. Elisia Anderson and Marlaina Simmons share the lead role for the coalition, which includes rural communities in Clallam and Jefferson Counties, as well as the more suburban Kitsap County. The region has deep Indigenous roots and large tribal representation, some of whom operate their own early learning coalitions. There is also a sizable military presence with several Coast Guard and Naval bases in the area. Many of these bases provide resources and services to families with children. The region is geographically unique because of waterways and mountains, which underscores the necessity of relationships between local organizations and families.

Continue reading about PECC on our blog, Pockets of Possibility!

PECC meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Please contact Elisia or Marlaina to learn more.

Employment Opportunities

Peninsula College

  • Early Childhood Specialist 2; full-time, temporary

  • Early Childhood Specialist 1; part-time, hourly

From Kitsap County

Assistant Director: West Sound STEM Network

Assistant Director: West Sound STEM Network--Olympic Peninsula

Early Childhood Policy Fellowship at WCFC

Communities who are most impacted by systemic injustices must be represented in positions of power within policy development processes. This is why Pathwaves WA is looking for mid-career individuals who want to transform the field of Early Childhood Policy in Washington State to join their inaugural Fellowship Program. Each fellow in this program will be employed full-time and placed at a placement site in a policy role. One of those sites will be Washington Communities for Children!

Click here to learn more and apply by June 28th for priority consideration; the final deadline is July 18th. Click here to register for an info session on June 23rd at 5:30 pm to learn more about the program

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