PW! Update 11-5-2019

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

PW! Update 11-5-2019


Mantra Suggestion from Mary Margaret Doherty: 
“Every child, every child, every child.”


Save the Date!!! "Trickle Up Training" for Community Leaders to join United Way Board of Directors for a luncheon to learn about NEAR Science and the Clallam Resilience Project December 10, 2019, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Lower Elwha Klallam Heritage Center. Please RSVP to 360-457-3011 or  More information will be coming!

November 16th 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church Parenting Matters and United Way of Clallam County are sponsoring a viewing of "Resilience" a documentary illuminating the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and the movement to prevent and treat toxic stress. Professionally supported breakout groups will convene following the showing to address topics and discuss questions (optional). Light breakfast will be served at 10 a.m. Showing at 10:30 with Child Care for 0-4 yr. old and Activities for 5-12 yr. old during the movie.  
Free Child Care + Breakfast: Please RSVP Patty Waite or reach her at Parenting Matters 360-681-2250


Treatment Critical in Helping Address Trauma
Trauma has a uncanny way of negatively impacting people’s lives. Even after you believe you have dealt with or forgotten about a traumatic event, you may find yourself years later suffering from mental, emotional, and physical distress that severely disrupts your life.

A Brief Diet Intervention Can Reduce Symptoms of Depression in Young Adults - A Randomised Controlled Trial
There is strong epidemiological evidence that poor diet is associated with depression. The reverse has also been shown, namely that eating a healthy diet rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and lean meat, is associated with reduced risk of depression.

NPR: How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety 
Childhood anxiety is one of the most important mental health challenges of our time. One in five children will experience some kind of clinical-level anxiety by the time they reach adolescence, according to Danny Pine, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health and one of the world's top anxiety researchers. Pine says that for most kids, these feelings of worry won't last, but for some, they will — especially if those children don't get help.

Medicaid Covers a Million Fewer Children. Baby Elijah Was One of Them. Officials point to rising employment, but the uninsured rate is climbing as families run afoul of new paperwork and as fear rises among immigrants.

3rd Edition of NEAR@Home Toolkit
Released JULY 8,2019 by Molly O'Connor

Thrive Washington is pleased to announce that the 3rd edition of the NEAR@Home toolkit is now available and offers home visitors more guidance on how to safely, respectfully and effectively address Adverse Childhood Experiences with the families they serve.
This new edition reflects what was learned when the toolkit was incorporated into a Facilitated Learning Process with 225 home visitors and 54 supervisors in the four states of federal Region X: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. It’s also informed by the evaluation work of our partners at Organizational Research Services and Portland State University.
Over the past year, the NEAR@Home team sought to learn how the toolkit and process fit with different cultures and communities of families — and the home visiting staff who serve them. They wanted to learn what adaptations were needed for home visitors to be able to find themselves in this trauma-informed, social justice-based process for bringing NEARsciences to families. More information about this Facilitated Learning Process and how to bring NEAR@Home into your local home visiting efforts is available at
The NEAR@Home Toolkit was first released in 2015 and remains a free resource. It has been downloaded more than 5,000 times by people all over the world. It is supported by a Region X MIECHV Innovation Grant.

Advocacy Opportunity for Early Childhood Educators and Students
The College Affordability Act can increase support for early childhood education and educators. Read our recommendations for how we can help early childhood educators access grants, improve student loan forgiveness, and more. NAEYC Information paper.


Ted Talk: The decline of play | Peter Gray | TEDxNavesink​
Children free to play without supervision all day!  Over last 50 years there has been erosion of children's opportunities to play freely. Very worthwhile your YouTube time and very thought provoking! 
"In this talk, Dr. Peter Gray compellingly brings attention to the reality that over the past 60 years in the United States there has been a gradual but, overall dramatic decline in children's freedom to play with other children, without adult direction. Over this same period, there has been a gradual but overall dramatic increase in anxiety, depression, feelings of helplessness, suicide, and narcissism in children and adolescents. Based on his own and others' research, Dr. Gray documents why free play is essential for children's healthy social and emotional development and outlines steps through which we can bring free play back to children's lives."

Why Teachers Are So Excited About the Power Of Sketchnoting (MindShift)
"Once a month, Rayna Freedman’s fifth-graders present their genius hour projects. They get to explore anything that interests them and present what they’ve learned to the class in whatever way they want. Freedman likes genius hour projects because students often get more excited about researching and sharing their knowledge about a topic that interests them. But she was never sure what the other kids were getting out of listening to the presentations.
One day she noticed a student in the back of the class drawing during the presentations. She went over, ready to reprimand him for not paying attention, but instead asked him what he was doing. He explained he doodles what his classmate is talking about to help him remember later. A light bulb went on for Freedman." Click title to read more!


Olympic Community Action:
Classroom Aide

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe: 
Child Care Lead Teacher Toddler
Child Care Teacher's Assistant
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Early Head Start Supervising Lead Teacher
Early Head Start Teacher Aide
Head Start Floating Teacher Aide 
Head Start Part Time Shadow Teacher
Head Start Substitute Janitor
Substitute Teacher 
Teacher/Bus Aide


The United Way of Clallam County Mini Grants are still available. We have an event scheduled in Sequim for November 16th. We are still looking for a group to sponsor an event in Forks, LaPush, Neah Bay, Clallam Bay or Joyce!  If you are interested in sponsoring an event go to

Prevention Works! is beginning their fund raising efforts to assist us in being able to continue our great work!  Together we can work to strengthen our community and help our families thrive! Please consider making a Thanksgiving donation through PayPal:

or mailing your tax-deductible donation to:

      Prevention Works!
      PO Box 1913
      Port Angeles, WA  98362

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