PW! Update 12-17-2019

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

PW! Update 12-17-2019


The PW! Update will be published Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. They will most likely be short due to the holidays, but if you have something to share please have the information to me by noon those Mondays! I will try to get them out early afternoon.

We wish you all Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! and/or Happy Hanukkah!

Free CEBC Webinar: Secondary Traumatic Stress/Compassion Fatigue: This Is Hard, This Work That We Do, AND We Are Making A Difference January 15, 2020   11:00 AM 12:00 PM PST
Note- this is from CA, but it looks like we can register -FREE

NW Children's Foundation
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 11:30 AM – 4 PM (PST)
Washington State Convention Center & Webstream

We’re thrilled to welcome back Dr. Shawn Ginwright, Professor of Education and Africana Studies at San Francisco State University, as our keynote speaker, and Seattle pediatrician Dr. Ben Danielson as our panel moderator. Together, they’ll guide us through thought-provoking discussions, challenge our thinking and share their expert perspectives. 
Historical and intergenerational trauma is real and far reaching. The cumulative emotional wounding from generation to generation can contribute to many negative health outcomes for individuals including PTSD, depression and Type 2 diabetes – as well as impacting the community as a whole.

This year’s Forum will focus on the “how” of our work. How can we best understand and begin to address community trauma? What practical tools are available for those of us who work with children, youth and families to start the healing process?  
•  Delve into topics of racism, inequality and poverty and explore more collective approaches to healing.
•  Hear from a panel of community leaders who focus on healing in their approach to working with individuals, communities and systems.
•  Walk away with concrete strategies that support children and youth (and the adults working with them) in a holistic, strength-based way.
Space is limited! Tickets sell out quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot soon!  We have two opportunities: 
$40 In-Person at the Convention Center (includes lunch) 
$20 Virtual Webstream (live stream & on-demand recording access available) 
Please contact the NWCF Office at 206-682-8447 or email

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Prevention Works! Annual Meeting February 26th from 4-6 p.m.
Topic is Child Care Crisis in Clallam County.  We will meet in the Linkletter Conference room in the basement at Olympic Medical Center More information will be sent out in January. Watch for updates!!!
Save the Date: 
Olympic Peninsula Chapter of WAEYC has scheduled their Annual Early Childhood Conference for March 14th. 
More information will be sent out in January. 
Watch for NAEYC Week of the Young Child April 13-17, 2020


Clallam County is not only WA County with Child Care Crisis
Dept. of Commerce

“Too many working parents in Washington are either paying more than they can afford for quality child care or struggling to find an affordable, safe place to provide care for their children,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown, who is also an economist. “Costs in human potential and economic productivity are mounting with the increasing cost and scarcity of child care. This diverse task force is taking important action to strengthen communities by providing recommendations for designing a child care system that works better for families, providers and employers in every industry.”

“Supporting families by providing high-quality and safe child care is the foundation for maintaining a well-functioning modern-day workforce. The more expensive and unattainable quality child care becomes for working families, the more harm children and families suffer as a result,” said Ross Hunter, secretary of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. “The findings and recommendations put forth by this task force meet its responsibility for solving the affordability and accessibility issue for working families. The goals can and must be met to improve the lives of parents, guardians and children, as well as strengthen the economy in the state of Washington.”

The task force found:
-Washington lacks sufficient affordable, high-quality child care.
-Child care access affects Washington’s workforce, employers and economy.
-A comprehensive strategy is needed to improve child care access and affordability.

The task force report envisions Washington state as the nation’s most equitable, affordable, and accessible child care system that benefits all parents, child care staff and providers, employers and communities through:
-Quality, affordable, accessible licensed child care that gives parents diverse choices to meet their family and employment needs, regardless of their income, race, or where they live.
-An economically healthy and diverse child care industry with a supported, well-compensated workforce that meets the supply and choice requirements of families and employers.
-Increased workforce productivity when employers support the child care needs of their employees through the availability of a scalable set of tools and incentives that increase access and affordability of high-quality child care.
-New strategies and investments from the public and private sectors that engage employers in supporting all working families’ access to high-quality, affordable child care.

The report goes on to detail multiple recommendations organized around four key goals:
-Stabilize, support and sustain the child care workforce, providers and industry. (10 recommendations)
-Increase employer supports for child care. (Six recommendations)
-Streamline permitting and licensing to better support the construction, renovation and -acquisition of child care facilities. (Five recommendations)
-Reduce disparities in child care service delivery and access. (10 recommendations)

The task force will follow the child care industry assessment with a set of policy recommendations for workforce compensation and Washington’s Working Connections Child Care subsidy program, and an implementation plan for subsidy changes, due to the governor and Legislature in December 2020.

Link to Report  What they are working on next

Sharenting: 5 Questions to Ask Before You Post
5 Questions Parents Should Ask Themselves Before Sharing Anything About their Children:
1) Why are you sharing it? This is probably the most important question to ask, as it's not your information, it's your child's. You should have a good reason before you send content out into the world. Get in the habit of asking it of yourself before you post.
2) Would you want someone to share it about you? This isn't always the perfect barometer, as you might be an extrovert who is happy to share and your child might grow up to be an introvert who likes to be private…but if you would be bummed if your parent shared a picture of you naked on a potty, maybe you shouldn't share the same picture of your child. If your child is old enough to ask, ask them.
3) Could your child be embarrassed by it, now or in the future? Granted, it's part of the parental job description to embarrass our children. But it's one thing to tell an embarrassing story or show an embarrassing picture to a girlfriend or grandmother—and it's another thing to send the information out to the world. That's not in our job description. That's just mean.
4) Is there anyone in the universe who shouldn't see this about your child, now or at any point in the future? If the answer is yes, don't share it. I know that sounds extreme, but it's growing more common for employers, college admission staff or possible romantic interests among others to do Internet searches about people. If what you are thinking of posting could come back to bite your child in any way ever, don't do it. And as a corollary…
5) Is this something you want to be part of your child's digital footprint? Even if it's not embarrassing, how does it paint your child? Think about it. You'd probably like your child to come across as smart, well-behaved, industrious, kind and successful, right? Does what you are posting help that—or hinder it?

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140,000 words to say something simple about ACEs​
We took about 140,000 words to say what could have been said in eight: join us in making every child a priority.
When we finished our 560-page book 100% Community: Ensuring trauma-free and thriving children, students and families, we realized it all came down to a few words and two little stories. 

Story One: The story of the river and the bridge 
There was once a woman strolling along the river’s edge. She heard a cry for help and realized a person was struggling to stay afloat in the rough waters. She pulled the person out. Then came another cry and a second person was drowning. The woman pulled this person out to the safety of the shore. A third cry came and the woman look up the river to see a long line of people struggling to get to shore. Suddenly mist cleared and the woman saw where the people were coming from. A footbridge crossing the river upstream was damaged and people attempting to cross the bridge were falling in.... More
Story Two: Of Barges and Jet Skis
We are asking those of you in the public sector to take on innovations and projects, leaving the security of the barge for the unknown waters ahead—at least for a time. As with all explorations, there are risks and rewards. If you are in the private sector, your work days may be one big self-driving jet ski/hovercraft adventure, competing with other jet skiers to make a profit. We ask you to consider slowing down just a bit, circling back to the barges (state capitals, city halls, county and school district offices and universities) you pass so frequently and offering your insights, technology and expertise to the barge captains and crews.... More

Chronicle of Social Change
Mentoring Presents a Real Opportunity in Addressing Childhood Trauma​
In the late 1990s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente published a landmark study showing that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have a long-lasting negative impact on a person’s overall health and well-being as they enter adulthood.

Earlier this month, the CDC released another groundbreaking report looking at the impact of ACEs on the national level. The research showed that a stunning one in six adults has experienced four or more types of ACEs.

The latest report also emphasized the importance of relationships with caring adults and named the practice of mentoring and positive parenting supports as approaches that prevent and mitigate childhood trauma. As a national mentoring organization that has been serving children facing the greatest obstacles for 25 years, Friends of the Children was encouraged — and not surprised — to see the practice of mentoring highlighted.
Read more here
Kindness: How a Simple Act Can Make a Big Difference
We’ve all been that kid at one time or another: the new kid in class, the shy or uneasy child reaching out to make new friends, the new kid in the neighborhood. And as parents, we all hope our child will be the one to offer up a smile and welcoming hello to break the ice. 


Peninsula College 
Early Childhood Education Instructor Tenure Track Faculty Port Angeles Priority consideration date: January 2, 2020 Open

Quileute Tribe
Head Start Lead Teacher
(1) Lead Teacher Childcare

Elwha Klallam Tribe
Child Care Lead Teacher Toddler
Childcare Teacher’s Assistant 
Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
Substitute Teacher Aide

Makah Tribe
Child Care Teacher
Child Care Provider
Early Head Start Teacher/Family Service Coordinator


This is most likely the last posting of the The United Way of Clallam County Mini Grants. These grants are available to help educate communities about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how they affect us for our entire lives. 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
Grant applications are due by or before January 15th. If we have funds available, the last opportunity to apply for these funds will be January - they are due no later than January 15, 2020.
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