PW! Update: Summer Meals, Back to School Fair Booths, and More
PW! Update 6-8-18
Dear Visitor,Summer Meal Programs
The last day of school for Sequim and Forks students is next Friday, June 15; Port Angeles students’ last day is Tuesday, June 19. Summer meal programs begin soon after.
Back to School Fairs – Information Tables Available in Sequim and Port Angeles
Calendar – Trainings, Events, Parenting Classes
Port Angeles Food Bank Listening Sessions
Saturday, June 9 & Saturday, June 23, 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
The PAFB is hosting two listening sessions to help them plan for the future. They want to hear from local residents about what services are needed and how they can do more to help the community. For more information and to reserve your space, click on the link above or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Webinar: Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Driver of the Opiod Epidemic
Tuesday, June 19, 10:00 am
The webinar will cover the role of Adverse Childhood Experiences (AECs) as a driver of the opioid epidemic. Dr. Brumage will review the landmark study as well as local data showing a strong association and reviewing the science of ACEs and how it affects our bodies over a lifetime. Understanding of ACEs is instrumental to understanding the opioid epidemic and all our society’s addictions. Free.
Webinar: Concrete Practices to Support Students Impacted by ACEs and Complex Trauma
Thursday, June 28, 12:30 pm
Participants of this webinar, hosted by the League of Education Voters, will be introduced to trauma-responsive practices to support a student’s ability to be successful. David Lewis, Director/Program Manager of Behavioral Health Services at Seattle Public Schools, will present and answer questions. Free.
Concerned Citizens – East Clallam County
Concerned Citizens has a part-time position open for someone to screen and support children birth to three and their families, and a part-time subcontract position for a teacher to work with this same population. Visit their website for more information.
Kids Run the Nation Fund - Road Runners Club of America (RRCA)
The Kids Run the Nation Fund supports nonprofit organizations and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Grants of $500 to $1,000 are provided to running clubs and other nonprofit organizations such as parent booster clubs, PTAs, etc. Elementary and middle schools that provide organized after-school running programs are also eligible to apply. Funded programs should offer more than just one-time events. Due: August 1.
News / Research
Farmers Markets Accept/Match Public Assistance Programs
Both the Sequim and Port Angeles Farmers Markets accept and match different public assistance programs, including SNAP, EBT, WIC, and the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. For more information, visit the WA Department of Health Farmers Market Match website or learn by reading this article from the Sequim Gazette: Food Assistance, Market Match increases access to healthy food.
Revisiting the Marshmallow Test
This article, published in Psychological Science, replicated the “marshmallow test” that appeared to show a correlation between a child’s ability to wait for more marshmallows and future success. This study, which tracked 10x more children than the original and included mothers who had not completed college, found that the relationship “between delay time and measures of behavioral outcomes at age 15 were much smaller and rarely statistically significant.” There are a lot of articles summarizing the new findings. One of our favorites discusses other research and points out that a child’s home environment has more to do with their future success than their ability to resist a treat: The famous Stanford 'marshmallow test' suggested that kids with better self-control were more successful. But it's being challenged because of a major flaw.
Even brief maternal deprivation early in life alters adult brain function and cognition: Rat study
Researchers at Indiana University removed baby rats from their mothers for 24 hours during a period of critical brain development. They analyzed the behavior and brains of these rats and found that the separated rats showed signs of trauma. Summary: “When a baby is taken from its mother for even a brief period early in life, this traumatic event significantly alters the future, adult function of the brain, according to a new animal model study. These changes in the brain are similar to disturbances in brain structure and function that are found in people at risk for neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia.”
Build a Better Neighborhood to Boost Kids’ Health
This article discusses research which shows that children are less stressed and have better physical health if they live in higher-quality neighborhoods, defined as those with greater access to services, green space, healthy food, and quality early education programs. For more information how neighborhoods were assessed, visit the Child Opportunity Index report.
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