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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

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. 

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.

Early Childhood Conference

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24th Annual Early Childhood Conference, March 17, 8:15am - 4:30pm,
SAVE THE DATE!  The Olympic Peninsula Chapter of WAEYC (former OPAEYC) is excited to announce, after years of trying, that this year’s conference will be presented by the Ooey Gooey Lady®, Lisa Murphy, M.Ed.

This conference is for people with an interest in the education and development of young children and their families, including people who work in child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start, ECEAP, preschools, primary grades and school age child care programs. STARS/MERIT and Clock Hours will be available.  More information to come!

Attachment Theorey Training: The Cognitive-Affective Divide

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The Cognitive-Affective divide: How adult attachment theory informs client counseling and conflict psychology by teasing out two primary patterns of self-protective strategies

This 3-hour workshop is intended for mental health and parenting professionals, who are interested in understanding how childhood attachment experience impacts patterns of adult thinking and behaving. Attachment theory identifies how many or most people develop a cognitive or affective orientation (or bias) to how they think and behave in the context of subjectively perceived dangerous situations. In terms of activating the attachment system, danger is broadly defined and can include family disputes and problems, and the issues that commonly present during holiday times.  We will look at what attachment theory is, and compare the two primary models of attachment, the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment and Adaptation (DMM) and the ABC+D model. From an attachment perspective, we will look at how ACES and trauma history can impact reflective function and intensity of attachment patterns. We will briefly review the disorganized category, and its limitations and the problems with its use identified by the developers of the disorganized theory.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017.
Time: 9:00-12:20 (3 hours with two 10 minute breaks)
Location: Mark Baumann’s office, 1337 W. 5th Street, Port Angeles (corner of 5th and G) (Location may be changed.
Complexity level: advanced
CE: (not applied for, but it may be possible to do so if you ask)
Cost: Free for Clallam and Jefferson practitioners, otherwise $75
RSVP: Please, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please contact Mark if you would like to set up this training for your agency or in your local community.

Breakfast With Santa

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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

20th Anniversary and Annual Meeting

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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

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

See you there!  Please see our event flyer for more information: 2018JanMeeting.png

2018 Great Beginnings RFP

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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

More detailed information is available in the application instructions and application form.  Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a copy of the application form in Word.  .  Completed applications must be submitted by January 31. 

GB_RFP_2018_Instructions.pdf

GB_RFP_2018_Application.pdf

January 23 - Annual Meeting and Resilience Discussion

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Save the Date! Prevention Works! is hosting it's annual meeting on Tuesday, January 23! 

We will be screening the 2016 film Resilience, which explores how toxic stress can impact the brains and bodies of children, and discussing next steps. Toxic stress can put children at a greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time, and early death. Resilience also highlights how some professionals are fighting back to protect children from the effects of toxic stress.

We will be meeting in the late afternoon/early evening at Linkletter Hall at Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.  Please plan to join the conversation!

LIFT in PA

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Is it ever hard to connect with your teen?

LiFT is a 5 hour program that brings High Schoolers and their parents* together to share family values, strengthen family bonds, and talk about the tough stuff—like relationships and sexual health.

•       Support your teen to achieve their goals
•       Help your teen to make healthy choices
•       Encourage your teen to open up to you
•       Enjoy food and prizes
•       Teens earn $110 for participating, adults earn $80
•       December 9th, 2017 10am-4 pm
•       At the Lincoln Center in Port Angeles


If you have any questions or to enroll please call or text Bree Galbreath or 517-256-8895 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or sign-up today online www.bit.do/LiFTsignup

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn in Sequim

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First Step Family Support Center is hosting a free Kaleidoscope Play and Learn on Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am at the Sequim Library, November 21 - December 19. For more information contact Alicia at 360-207-4830 or see the attached flyer.  PlayLearn_Sequim.jpg