PW! Update 1-28-2020

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Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County
PW! Update 1-28-2020


Prevention Works! Annual Meeting
"Child Care Crisis in Clallam County"

February 26th from 4-6 p.m.

We will meet in the Linkletter Conference Room in the basement at Olympic Medical Center 
All who are interested are encouraged to attend!

Peninsula Housing Authority

Section 8 Housing Assistance is open until Friday Jan 31 - Applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2020!! 

Applications are available here!


Thursday, January 30, 2020 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Youth Marijuana Prevention and Education Program - Olympic Region Networking Meeting

Guest Speakers:

  • Sara Broschart, WA Liquor and Cannabis Board- Advocacy vs. Lobbying: Identifying Local & State Advocacy Opportunities
  • Dave Harrelson, WA State Department of Health- Statewide Updates

Where: Jefferson County Library 620 Cedar Ave. Port Hadlock, WA 98339

Click HERE to RSVP!

Friday February 7, 2020 8 a.m. to 12 p.m
Mobile Community Services Office is Coming to Sequim

144 W. Alder St. Sequim, WA 98382

At this event, you can apply for:

  • Cash Assistance
  • Basic Food Assistance
  • Medical Assistance
  • Medicare Savings Program

You can also drop off paperwork, complete an Eligibility Review, Mid-Certification, or review or make changes to an existing case.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2020 NW Children's Foundation Forum Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: A Deeper Dive into the Future of Healing

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 to participate: 
  • $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  

Saturday, March 7, 2020
31st Annual Kids Fest Hosted by Kiwanis Clubs of Port Angeles and LCSNW Parent Line 

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Olympic Peninsula Chapter of WAEYC Annual Early Childhood Conference. 

More information will be sent out February 1st. This year's conference features: "Music with Mar" Maryann Harmon a music educator with the ability to write songs that are musically and educationally sound for children as well as fun and easy to use for teachers and parents. "my passion is tying together the effectiveness of music in overall development with the current research and creating music/music acitivities to help parent/teachers put it in action." 6 STARS or Clock Hours will be available!

April 13-17, 2020
NAEYC Week of the Young Child

May 6-8, 2020
Infant and Early Childhood Conference in Tacoma

The 2020 IECC conference in the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, WA with a preconference day on May 6. 

Conference Goals:

  • Challenge thinking about diversity and disability;
  • Increase family and provider effectiveness through new skills, strategies and ideas for providing high quality services;
  • Enhance understanding of the unique strengths and needs of each family;
  • Foster partnerships across families, disciplines, agencies and funders to provide coordinated services in local communities;
  • Promote networking and coalition building around early childhood issues;
  • Enhance the lives of families and their children through the use of information and technology; and
  • Promote the mutual understanding of the contributions families and providers bring to the lives of young children.

June 6, 2020 9 a.m. to 5 p.m
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Peninsula Behavioral Health Port Angeles

Free classes made possible through gramt funding from Clallam County Health an Human Services. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a nationally recognized certification course that will teach you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness, substance abuse disorders and challenges that youth face in our community.

Space is limited! Reserve a seat today! Contact Kathy Hansen at 360-457-0431 x139 or, Casual setting, bring a sack lunch.


Wilson Bill would address critical needs of early learners

Early learners would get the assistance and support they need to avoid falling behind their peers in kindergarten and throughout life, under legislation heard today by the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee.“Not everyone is ready to learn when they enter kindergarten, and those who aren’t often fall behind early and stay behind,” said Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), the committee’s vice chair. “This is a pattern that can hinder them through grade school and high school, into their careers and even into retirement. They lag academically, they fare worse in getting jobs and promotions and saving for retirement, and even their health may suffer.”Among other things, Wilson’s Senate Bill 6253 would:
  • Expand eligibility for Workings Connections benefits and the Early Education Assistance and Care Program;
  • Reform the state’s confusing range of services and access by creating a single entry point from which each child can be directed to the programs or assistance they need; and
  • Replace the current system in which students either qualify for a myriad of assistance and support, or qualify for none, with a system that provides students with assistance and support based on individual need.

“Under our current system, many children go overlooked and struggle in the critical early learning years,” Wilson said. “By making sure those who need assistance early on enter kindergarten ready to learn, and by redirecting our services to better match actual student needs, our students will be more successful in school and throughout life.”Studies show that every dollar invested to address these early learning needs saves $7 in long-term educational and social costs by ensuring that early learners are ready to learn when it matters most.“The critical early needs can mean the difference between someone who thrives through school into adulthood and throughout their life, and someone who struggles and requires assistance in multiple areas,” Wilson said. “Of all the money we can spend on education, investing in early learning can make the biggest difference and bring the largest return.”Other components of the bill would increase access to parent education and support programs and phase in subsidy rate increases for licensed childcare providers to 75 percent of the market rate by 2023.

Bill to Increase School Staff is Introduced in the Legislature

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OLYMPIA — January 27, 2020 — Ten years ago, the Legislature implemented a statewide formula to determine how much state funding each school serving students in grades K–12 should receive to pay for staff, materials, programming, and other items.

“The current staffing values in the state’s funding formula are largely based on a study done in 1975,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The Legislature asked us to pull together this workgroup because they know changes to the funding formula are vital for our students, educators, and communities.”

“Educators continue to tell us that students are coming to school with more mental, emotional, and behavioral health needs than ever before,” Reykdal continued. “The Workgroup took that into consideration by asking the Legislature to prioritize their investments there first.”

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Quileute Tribe as openings for Head Start Teacher Assistant and Lead Teacher Childcare with a special request to share this position: Volunteer Coordinator for Quileute Child Advocacy Program (QCAP) The QCAP Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for recruitment, training, and supervision of Court Appointed Child Advocates who will serve as volunteer advocates for children in active dependency through the Quileute Tribal Court.A strong emphasis on the safety, well-being and permanency as each child is the focus for every volunteer. The program requires a person who understands the extent and character of child abuse/neglect, and who is familiar with policies and legislation seeking to address the issues. The QCAP Volunteer Coordinator is a critical partner in advancing these goals. This position is grant funded by OCVA. Some work hours will be conducted outside the normal hours of business operations. Complete job description here.
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