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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Save the Date!
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.
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 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 – 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
Please join us on Tuesday, January 23 for our 20th Anniversary Celebration and screening of the film Resilience, "The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope." This documentary describes how toxic stress can be linked to destructive behavior and medical diseases. It also describes the start of a movement determined to fight back.
Together we can promote resilience in our families and our community! Please join us to view the film and guided discussion. We will also have a community resource table; bring flyers or other information that you would like to share. Snacks will be provided.
Prevention Works! 20th Anniversary and Resilience Screening
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Olympic Medical Center, Linkletter Hall
See you there! Please see our event flyer for more information: 2018JanMeeting.png
Prevention Works! is pleased to issue the 2018 Great Beginnings Early Learning Initiative Request for Proposals in partnership with the United Way of Clallam County to support early learning programs. Programs funded will help meet the goals of ensuring that children are ready to achieve in school and/or supporting stable and healthy families. Program activities should provide services in one of the following categories:
- Parenting Education and Outreach
- Educating the Community
- Intervention for At-Risk Children
- Systematic Approach to School Readiness