PW! Update 1-7-19

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A Community Coalition of Clallam County

Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County


PW! Prevention Update 1-7-19

Prevention Works! Annual Meeting: The State of Our Children, Youth, and Families in Clallam County
Please join us next Tuesday, January 15, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Linkletter Hall, Olympic Medical Center, for a presentation by Dr. Allison Berry Unthank, Clallam County Health Officer.  She will discuss Clallam County Health Assessment Data, highlighting areas of concern and positive responses already underway in Clallam County.  The presentation will be followed by questions, discussion, and a community call to action.  A resource table and refreshments will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Port Angeles
Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 11:30 am, through March 13
First Step Family Support Center, Port Angeles
The winter session of Kaleidoscope Play & Learn is happening every Wednesday morning at First Step.  Parents will have fun with their children, interact with other families, and enhance their bond with their family and the community.  Call Krista at 360-640-4003 for more information.  

Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Project - Regional Networking Meeting
Thursday, January 10, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jefferson County Library, Port Hadlock
Join the Olympic Region Youth Marijuana Prevention & Education Program’s quarterly networking meeting.  You will hear updates on the progress of current strategies as well as new strategies that were recently added.  Discussion and activity will follow on how to reframe youth marijuana prevention to increase community readiness.  Please bring your expertise to the conversation of “Reframing Youth Marijuana Prevention: Conveying a Greater Sense of Urgency.”  Light refreshments available.  Please click on the link above to register.

Community Conversation: Kitsap Strong & NEAR Science
Thursday, January 10, 10:00 am – Noon
Lower Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, Port Angeles
Kody Russell from Kitsap Strong will talk about how our neighboring community’s formed a network around, and operates from, the NEAR science principals.  Childcare and travel stipends are available for family participants.  Please email with questions.

2019 National Early Childhood Family Network (NEFCN)
Webinar: January 15, 12:30pm – 2:00 pm
Join NEFCN for its inaugural webinar series for families and partners dedicated to early childhood social and emotional development.  Title: The Intersection of Equity, Disparities and the Multi-Dimensions of Family, Youth and Community Engagement.  The use of effective engagement strategies as a tool for counteracting the disparities that many families and children experience will be demonstrated. The facilitator will provide an overview of the ten dimensions and demonstrate the power of weaving them to create physically, psychologically and emotionally safe and supportive school, home and community environments.

Building Successful Learning Communities
Friday, January 25, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Port Hadlcok
4-H is hosting this training to help educators and youth leaders build learning environment3s were all students can succeed.  Participants will have the opportunity to experience best practices and learn the latest research and theory of group and classroom dynamics.  Free for 4-H Leaders, $10 for others (cash or check). 

Guiding Good Choices – Facilitator Training
March or May, 2019
WSU is hosting a train-the-trainer workshop for the Guiding Good Choices curriculum. Guiding Good Choices is listed as a "Promising Program" on the Scientific Rating Scale for evidence-based universal prevention programs. The curriculum is geared towards families of youth aged 12-14.  The train-the-trainer sessions will be offered once in March and twice in May, in the Norm Dicks Building in downtown Bremerton. To read more about the program and register, click on the link above.


This Deep-Red State Decided to Make a Serious Investment in Preschools.  It’s Paying Off Big-Time.
This is a great read about the success of Alabama’s preschool program.  “In the six years that Alabama has collected data on the program, its graduates have consistently outperformed their fellow students.”  Alabama is one of only three states to meet all 10 national benchmarks for preschool quality; they also hire only credentialed preschool teachers, give them elementary school salaries, and give teachers at least 20 hours a year of professional development.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
January 22-27
National Drug Abuse and Alcohol Facts weeks is a national observance linking teens to science-based facts to shatter the myths about drugs.  Click on the link above to learn more, including how to access free resources for teens.

An Update on Social and Emotional Learning Outcome Research 
A new article adds to the growing evidence that social and emotional learning (SEL) produces short- and long-term academic and behavioral benefits for children and youth. The review summarizes results from four large-scale meta-analyses on student outcomes related to participating in school-based SEL programs. All four of the meta-analyses addressed the following aspects of SEL and found positive impacts in each area:  SEL skills; attitudes about self, others, and school; positive social behaviors; conduct problems; emotional distress; and academic performance.


Prevention Works! – Program Coordinator
We are seeking a new Program Coordinator.  The position is for a part-time, one year contract with option to renew annually.  Responsibilities include grant writing, fund raising, and administrative support to Prevention Works! Board of Directors.  For more information, click on the link above. Applications must be postmarked by January 11.


Great Beginings Early Learning Initiative
The writable, Word version of the Great Beginings RFP is now available.  Applicants can access the RFP by downloading it from our website or emailing us directly.  Applications are due Thursday, January 31.

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