PW! Update 11-19-2019

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

PW! Update 11-19-2019


Remember we are having a Thanksgiving fund drive... If you like the trainings we have had and would like more... please consider clicking the Donate button at the end of this letter and making a donation. Thank you! 


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!
Facilitate the Awesome
January 10, 2020 1:30-5 p.m.  at the Sequim Library 630 N Sequim Ave
To register: For info: or 360.337.7157 x #6266


Outdoor School
This preschool is taking kids out of the classroom and into the great outdoors - Washington has become the first state in the country to license outdoor preschools.

Can you imagine a preschool with no walls or technology, where children play and learn in the great outdoors all day long? NBC's Sam Brock visited Tiny Trees preschool in Seattle to find out more about this new movement that's letting kids learn and play outside.

It's an idea that has many parents and educators excited — a preschool classroom where kids are taught different subjects while totally immersed in nature. Washington is now the first state to license outdoor preschools and Tiny Trees is the fifth program to get certified.

We have a Nature School......Port Angeles Nature School!
PA Nature School
The mission of this project is to foster a lifelong joy of learning through deep physical and emotional connections with the rich cultural and natural histories of the Olympic Peninsula. There is currently a huge demand for early-learning providers in Port Angeles so while Port Angeles Nature School will eventually provide affordable nature-based outdoor education programs to all grade-levels, they are starting with a preschool program. This project will also offer free monthly family outdoor play days, a scholarship program, a summer camp, and creative, place-based parties and fundraisers! 
What is Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) []
Most people have heard of post-traumatic stress disorder that afflicts many men and women returning from a war zone. It is characterized by flashbacks, unstable moods, and survivor’s remorse. However, many have never heard of a condition that often develops in childhood and changes the course of the child’s life forever, complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD).
When the stress in your life just doesn’t let up, and it feels like you have no support to get through the day—let alone do everything you need to do to be the best parent you can be—it can seem like there’s nothing that can make it better. But there are resources that can help, and this kind of stress—known as “toxic stress”—doesn’t have to define your life.

In this video, learn more about what toxic stress is, how it can affect you, and what you can do—both by yourself and in connection with your community—to deal with what you’re experiencing. Because even when toxic stress is caused by things you can’t control, like poverty, abuse, or racism, there are still ways both big and small to help you cope.

After you’ve watched this video, you may be wondering: now what? Here are a few suggested resources for parents and policymakers and practitioners.


CenteringParenting® Recognized as Innovative Pediatric Intervention in New Report from The Center for the Study of Social Policy []
Study Cites Pediatric Group Care Model Creates Opportunities for Families to Connect; Nurturing Parents’ Competence and Confidence and Impacting Children’s Healthy Social and Emotional Development.
“CenteringParenting transforms the way pediatric primary care is delivered, by empowering patients with agency, strengthening patient-provider relationships and building communities of support,” says Angie Truesdale, CEO of CHI. “It is encouraging to see the growing evidence base on our pediatric group care model point to the positive impact Centering can have on improving health outcomes in early childhood, supporting healthy parent-child interactions and increasing parental behaviors that lead to positive life outcomes for children.”

Why You Shouldn't Give Up On People Who Relapse []
Addiction is a disease. Like many diseases, there is a chance that some people may relapse during addiction. This is something that should be considered an accepted part of recovery, including long-term sobriety. 

How Healthy Compassionate Touch Transforms []
When Scarlett Lewis, founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, asks children across the United States what love looks like, they almost always turn to one another and give a hug or touch in some way. Touch is one of the strongest tools for building love and connection, and when used appropriately, it shapes bonds, builds self-esteem and encourages a positive outlook.


College Prep Advisor Opening at Port Angeles High School
The Advisor provides high school students with academic and college planning support to equip them with the tools to successfully graduate from high school and successfully transition onto college. The Advisor will support numerous cohorts annually in a collaborative manner with the high school administrators, school counselors and staff, other college access providers and other College Success Foundation (CSF) staff.


Part Time Classroom Aide

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe
Child Care Lead Teacher Toddler
Childcare Teacher’s Assistant 
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant 
Head Start Part Time Shadow Teacher 
Head Start Substitute Janitor 
Substitute Kitchen Assistant 
Substitute Teacher Aide
Teacher/Bus Aide


The United Way of Clallam County Mini Grants are still available. We had an event 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
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