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  • Increase Parenting Support for Families with Young Children

  • Promote Youth Academic Success

  • Identify Young Children with Mental, Emotional or Behavioral Problems and Provide Support

  • Reduce Violent and Aggressive Behavior by and to Youth

  • Increase Parenting Support for Families with Young Children

Public Service Announcement for Brain Workshops by Ann Renker PhD

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Two different workshops on Brain Development --  CHILD BRAIN (August 7) and TEENAGE BRAIN  (August 8) –will come to Port Angeles sponsored by Prevention Works!  

Ann Renker, PhD (Anthropology, American University, 1987)  is a transplanted New Yorker, who for 35 years in Neah Bay, WA dedicated herself to the transformation of the Cape Flattery School District.  In 10 short years Ann’s diligent leadership and knowledge moved Neah Bay Schools from among the lowest 5% in the state to a top tier award-winning school district with dramatic rates of high school graduation and successful outcomes.  Because of her amazing effect on student learning, Ann now works at the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction where the State hopes she can have that same transformative influence on other small struggling schools across Washington. 

On August 7, Dr. Renker will explain how modern science answers critical questions about how babies and small children learn about the world and interactions with others.  She will include how trauma-informed strategies help young children achieve success despite contemporary challenges.

On August 8, Dr. Renker will explain what is happening in the brain during the adolescent years that often makes interacting with teenagers puzzling for many adults.  Dr. Renker will reveal how the brain develops during adolescence as well as how it is impacted by trauma.  She will emphasize how trauma- and cognitive-science informed strategies can be used to help very young children and teenagers and families navigate important contemporary social challenges.

Both workshops will be 9 AM – 2 PM at the PA Library, with lunch provided.  Save yourself travel costs and time by attending this outstanding professional development opportunity!   Register for both days for $85 or either one for $50.  Clock hours (Teachers), Stars Credits (Childcare providers) and Continuing Ed Units are being arranged.   More information and registration at  www.pw4kids.org or call 360 461 0893.   Prevention Works! is a community coalition that works towards positive childhoods for all children in Clallam County. 


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Training! Child Brain 101 and Teenage Brain 101

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Save the Date!

Trainer Ann M. Renker, PhD

August 7, 2019

Child Brain 101

Modern science now provides answers to many critical questions about how babies and small children learn about their world, and even more importantly, how babies learn to interact with other humans. This presentation discusses that learning can be positive in one set of circumstances, and problematic in the face of trauma. We will also discuss how trauma-informed strategies can be used to help children achieve success despite challenges.

August 8, 2019

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Teenage Brain 101

What is happening in the brain during the adolescent years that makes interacting with teenage humans puzzling to many adults? This presentation discusses how the brain develops during adolescence, as well as how this trajectory is impacted when trauma is also present. We will also discuss how trauma-informed and cognitive-science informed strategies can be used to help teenagers achieve success despite the social challenges in the 21st Century.

 CEU's available, Location is Port Angeles Library

Registration materials available https://1drv.ms/w/s!ApQEWUTVPgq0rHsHY6E9oZq_PtdT  For information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




United Way Mini-Grant 2019

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United Way of Clallam County envisions living in a place where everyone is supported socially, economically and in their physical and mental health.   Our Mission is to strengthen our community by helping people live safe, healthy, and productive lives.  One of the ways we reach our mission is to lead collaborative, community-wide efforts to obtain and provide resources to enhance community well-being.  Therefore, the United Way of Clallam County is pleased to announce a collaboration with Prevention Works! regarding the following funding opportunity.

NEAR Sciences Training: Helping All People Flourish

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Bonnie Schmidt, Early Childhood Educator and trained NEAR Science presenter, will present on NEAR Sciences (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences, and Resliency) on Wednesday, March 27 at the PA Library.  Learn the science behind human behavior, and explore the impacts of trauma and toxic stress on our brains, bodies, behaviors, and choices. 

What is epigenetics?

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Resource: What is epigenetics?


How does epigenetics relate to child development? New resource from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child explains.

Science tells us that the interactions between genes and environment shape human development. “Epigenetics” is an emerging area of scientific research that shows how environmental influences—including the experiences we provide for children—actually affect the expression of their genes. This means that the old idea that genes are "set in stone" has been disproven. Nature vs. Nurture is no longer a debate. It's nearly always both!

To understand more about epigenetics and how it affects child development and long-term health outcomes, check out this new infographic from the Harvard Center on the Developing Child: https://developingchild.harvar...o-child-development/

Parents Night Out - Winter Calendar

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Parent to Parent offers emotional support, laughter, needed resources, and a safe space to talk for parents of children with special needs.  “Come join the conversation with other parents who get it.”  Friday nights, beginning at 5:00 pm.  January 18 (PA), February 22 (Sequim), and March 22 (PA). 

CASA Training June -July

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Another CASA Training!!!!!! 
The Clallam County Court Appointed Special Advocacy Program (CASA) will be holding their CORE Training in the month of June with dates as follows- June 21st, 24th,28th, and July 1st. Classes run from 8:30 am to 4:15 pm at The Juvenile Family Services Building at 1912 W. 18th Street, in Port Angeles. Food will be provided. CASA provides advocacy for the most vulnerable children in our community. Clallam County currently has around 215 children in foster care and they are all in need of a voice in court. Speak up for a child, become a CASA volunteer. 
For more information and an application please call 360-565-2621.

The Intersection of Health, Nutrition, & NEAR Science

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Olympic Peninsula Healthy Community Coalition, First Step Family Support Center, and Clallam Resilience Project have partnered for this commuity event on Thursday, March 28, 10:00 am -noon, that will begin with an overview of NEAR Science.  Lunch will be followed by a discussion of how NEAR Science and Trauma Supportive practices impact and can inform our collective work on food security, healthy food access, and physical activity. 

Community Cafe

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Community members are invited to join this community conversation around ACEs and Resiliency. 

Tuesday, March 19, 10:00 am - Noon, Lower Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, Port Angeles.  Event Flyer.

High in Plain Sight

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Love and Logic - Winter 2019

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Parenting Matters Foundation and First Teacher present:

Parenting the Love & Logic Way
Tuesdays, starting February 5, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jefferson Library, Port Angeles

Parents who sign up for this six-session parenting program will learn practical skills they can begin using immediately with their children, 2-8 years old.  Topics include how to: avoid unwinnable power struggles and arguments, stay calm, set enforceable limits, help your kids learn from mistakes, and more!  Family dinner and child care are provided. The program is FREE, but parents are asked to register.