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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

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Training

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Suicide Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) is a 2-hour presentation based on the nationally recognized QPR “Gatekeeper” training. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. The QPR processes emphasizes that both professionals and non-professionals can effectively intervene to prevent suicides.  Registration is required and space is limited. See the flyer and registration form for more details.  Training dates and locations are:

  • Monday, May 14, 1-3pm: Bremerton, WA
  • Monday, May 14, 6-8pm: Chimacum, WA
  • Tuesday, May 15, 10-Noon: Forks, WA
  • Tuesday, May 15, 6-8pm: Port Angeles
  • Wednesday, May 16, 10-Noon: Sequim, WA

Community Cafe Host Training

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First Step Family Support Center, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and the OESD are hosting a Community Café Host Training on Friday, May 18 in Sequim.  A Community Café is a community conversation hosted by parents with the support of community partners. Café conversations spark leadership and develop relationships to help strengthen families. Child care will be provided, and registration is free. STAR credit and Clock hours are available. See the flyer for registration information, and these two handouts for more information: One_Pager_on_the_Community_Cafe_Approach.pdf and One_Pager_Early_Childhood.pdf

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn: Spring 2018

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First Step is hosting free Play and Learn classes in locations across Clallam County. Click on each location below for a copy of the flyer.
Brinnon: Classes are scheduled April 12th – June 14th. Contact Alicia at 360-207-4830 for more information.
Neah Bay: Classes are scheduled for April 12th, May 10th and June 14th. Contact Rachel at 360-797-5414 for more information.
Port Hadlock: Starting April 13th. Sessions are held Fridays 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. at Jefferson County Library. Contact Alicia at 360-207-4830 for more information.
Sequim: Classes are scheduled for April 3rd, April 24th – June 19th. Contact Brittany at 360-457-8355 for more information.

NEAR Science Training Registration

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Registration for our NEAR Science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, & Resilience) training is open!  Topics to be covered include: going beyond Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), understanding the impact of neuroscience and epigenetics on children’s development, and how to use the NEAR at Home Toolkit to talk with parents about trauma and resilience.  Our presenter is Marian Birch, DMH, a retired clinical psychologist, Senior Fellow of Zero to Three, and the former Clinical Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Infant Mental Health at the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Who Should Attend: Children’s Service Professionals, Family Lawyers & Judges, Juvenile Justice Workers, Teachers, Health Care Providers, County Health Officials, Clergy, Parents & Foster Parents, YOU!

When: Tuesday, March 27, 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Where: Linkletter Hall, Olympic Medical Center
939 Caroline Street, Port Angeles, WA  98362

Registration is FREE thanks to a partnership with the Port Angeles School District.  Seating is limited, so sign-up early.  Please see the registration form for more information.  Forms are due by March 20.

For a copy of the registration form in Word, click here.

Support Group for New & Expecting Mothers

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Circle of Hope, sponsored by First Step, is a support group for new or expecting mothers who are facing emotional challenges.  Sessions are FREE and held Mondays 11:30 - 1:00 p.m at First Step beginning February 26. View the flyer or Contact Becca at 360-775-5213 for more information.

Keeping Our Kids Safe - A Community Conversation

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Keeping our Kids Safe is a community conversation about to keep our kids safe from sexual abuse and assault.  It will be held February 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, in Sequim.  Presenters include Mark Ozias - Clallam County Commissioner, Mark Nichols - Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney, Becca Korby - Healthy Families Executive Director, Darrell Nelson - City of Sequim Police Department, Devin McBride - City of Sequim Police Department, and Shenna Younger - The Beginning Co-Founder.  This will be a community conversation, with 30 minutes for questions and idea sharing from the audience.  Partnering organizations include Clallam County, the City of Sequim, Olympic Medical Center, Sequim School District, and the Sequim Gazette.  For more informatoin, see the event flyer. 

24th Annual Early Childhood Conference Brochure

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24th Annual Early Childhood Conference – Saturday, March 17, Port Angeles
Registration materials are now available for the 24th Annual Early Childhood Conference, preseneted by the Olympic Chapter of WAYEC and co-sponsored by the Peninsula College Early Childhood Education Program.  This conference is for anyone with an interest in the education and development of young children.  Lisa Murphy, the Ooey Gooey Lady, will present.  Clock or S.T.A.R.S. hours are available.  Space is limited, so sign-up soon!  2018_OPAEYC_BROCHURE.pdf

Section 8 Waiting List

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Section 8 Waiting List Opportunity Applications Available April 6

The Peninsula Housing Authority (PHA) will be opening its Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list for Clallam and Jefferson counties for one week beginning Monday, April 9, 2018 - Friday, April 13, 2018.  Applications may be picked up at the Housing Authority office located at 2603 S. Francis, Port Angeles WA 98362 between the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (9:00 am to 12:00 pm Friday) and at Olympic Community Action (OlyCAP) located at 823 Commerce Loop, Port Townsend WA 98368 beginning April 6, 2018 or you may call (360) 452-7631 Ext *810 to request an application be mailed to you.  You may also download an application from the web at www.peninsulapha.org

 Complete applications will be accepted BY MAIL ONLY and must be mailed to 2603 South Francis Street, Port Angeles WA 98362 – ONLY THOSE POSTMARKED BETWEEN MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 AND FRIDAY, APRIL 13 2018 WILL BE ACCEPTED. The PHA will conduct a random lottery of all COMPLETE applications received within the required time frame to fill 175 positions on the Clallam County Section 8 waiting list and 100 positions on the Jefferson County Section 8 waiting list – individuals may apply for one or both waiting lists.  Income limits apply.

Hope, Help, and Strength Town Hall

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The Stevens Middle School Prevention Club is hosting this town hall meeting at Lincoln Center on Thursday, March 29, 6:00 -8:0 pm, to create solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their own communities.  The focus of this event will be to provide an opportunity for community partners to have a conversation about the overlapping issues of Mental Health, Substance Use (including alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use), and Suicide Prevention. The recent suicide death of a former classmate sparked the SMS Prevention Club to create a strategic plan regarding negative stress. It is their hope that this town hall will provide our residents with the beginning of a roadmap to building a healthier community.  All are welcome!  For more information or a copy of the event flyer, click here.

NEAR Science Training

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We are pleased to sponsor a training on NEAR Science - Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, & Resilience: The Dance of Nature & Nurture, and How the Body Keeps Score

Presenter: Dr. Marian Birch, DMH
When: Tuesday, March 27, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Linkletter Room at OMC.

Event flyer and registration details will be available soon.

Clallam County Homeless Connect: March 2, 2018

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Clallam County Homeless Connect will be held Friday, March 2, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Vern Burton Center in Port Angeles.  This event provides free information and assistance on housing, ID vouchers, clothing, food, urgent dental care, and MORE!  Free bus rides are provided from anywhere in Clallam County – just say “Vern Burton Center.”  For more information check out the event flyer or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fun Family Event

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A fun musical program benefiting the PA Boys and Girls Club, featuring nationally known artist Carol Swarbrick Dries and Linda Dowdell is being held Saturday, February 3 at 2:00 pm in Port Angeles.  Admission is by donation.  Check out the flyer for more information.  Linda_Concert_full_page_Flyer.pdf

Spring Classes for Parents at First Step

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First Step Family Support Center starts Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, Tools of the Mind and Make Parenting a Pleasure classes in January!  Please click on the name of each class for more information:

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn in Port Angeles: January 3rd – March 14th, Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 a.m. (Infants and Toddlers) 11-12:30 p.m. (Pre-Schoolers). Located at First Step Family Support Center, contact Krista for more information 360-640-4003.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn in Sequim: January 9th – March 27th, Tuesdays 10-11:30 a.m. Located at North Olympic Library Sequim Branch, contact Alicia for more information 360-207-4830.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn in Brinnon: January 10th – March 28th, Wednesdays 10:15-11:45 a.m. Located at Brinnon School, contact Alicia for more information 360-207-4830.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn in Neah Bay: starts March 15th, Thursdays 10-11:30 a.m. Located at the Makah Community Gym, contact Rachel for more information 360-797-5414.

Tools of the Mind: January 2nd – May 24th, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. Located at First Step Family Support Center, contact Krista for more information 360-640-4003.

Make Parenting a Pleasure: January 11th – March 22nd, Thursdays 5:30-7:00 p.m. Located at First Step Family Support Center, contact Melissa for more information 360-461-1072.