PW! Update 2-4-2020

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Prevention Works!
Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County
PW! Update 4-4-2020


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!


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 8:15 a.m. to  5:00 p.m.
Olympic Peninsula Chapter of WAEYC's 26th Annual Early Childhood Conference "Building the Future" Featuring … Music with Mar

Maryann Harman Maryann “Mar.” Harman is a music educator with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master’s in Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood and is certified in Level I Orff. These degrees contribute to her ability to write songs that are musically and educationally sound for children as well as fun and easy to use for teachers and parents. She is the founder of the internationally enjoyed Music with Mar. Brain Research Based program, Music with Mar. International (Beijing, China) and hosted BAM! Radio Music and Learning Channel. “My passion is tying together the effectiveness of music in overall development with the current research and creating music / music activities to help parents / teachers put it in action.”


Self-regulation Through Music In order to develop into a well-functioning adult, children must learn how to self-regulate. How are you supposed to learn if you cannot self-regulate? When too much focus is put on getting cognitive skills in too early, our little ones cannot learn and much of the knowledge we are putting out is not absorbed properly. It is through the ability to control our bodies that we learn to sit and listen as well as when to move and how to do so appropriately with awareness of those around us. Using a combination of music, movement, yoga and breathing techniques, this workshop shows ways to help children learn to control their bodies whether it be to energize, focus or calm.

Music, Movement & Manipulatives Engage the children and the brain with music and manipulatives that are fun for learning. Enjoy songs with Mar. that will get you moving while preparing the children for school. This presenter's goal is to have those attending become more comfortable with using manipulatives and knowledgeable as to why they are important. As we draw more senses to the learning experience, children retain more. Participants will be shown how to enhance learning by combining music and movement with puppets for visual, aural and tactile stimulation. The importance of using props with music and movement will be discussed and validated. How to physically involve children in playful storytelling will be a focal point and demonstrated. How the brain works during these activities will also be examined and demonstrated.



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. 


SAVE The Date May 9, 2020 Forks!!! 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Bonnie Schmidt will present 2 hours on ACEs and NEAR Sciences and 2 hours on Conscious Discipline - the focus will be on Early Childhood and STARS hours and lunch will be available! Stay tuned for registration information



Save the Date – May 18, 2020, Clark County (location TBD)

ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice Event

Registration information and draft agenda coming soon

Mark your calendar for the fifth Washington statewide ACEs and Resilience Community of Practice Convening, hosted by Essentials for Childhood.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone working to build resilient communities, address and prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Adverse Community Environments, and other forms of trauma, or to create communities where ALL children thrive in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments.
  • Whether this is your first Community of Practice event or you have joined us in the past, we’d love to see you there.

Travel Assistance – we have a limited budget to cover travel costs for people who don’t have an organization that can support their travel and who are traveling over 100 miles. You will be able to request travel assistance when you register.

Spread the word: Please forward this announcement to other leaders and organizers in your community, including parent leaders

If this notice was forwarded to you and you want to get future information about the Community of Practice, email and ask to join the distribution list.


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 grant 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.



How to Stop Your Child’s Bed-Wetting at Night

Just when you thought potty training was over…Most children need time, not special interventions, to eventually stay dry overnight. If you have a toddler who made it through daytime potty training only to throw in the diaper at bedtime, don’t miss our new guide to dealing with bed-wetting at night. — Jessica Grose, lead editor, NYT Parenting

get the guide


Parent with ACEs: Is it Time to Change Your Parenting Playbook []

If you experienced severe hardship as a child, are you more likely to have children with behavior or mental health problems?
The short answer is yes.

The NARM Training Institute
is thrilled to announce our new podcast: Transforming Trauma. New TRANSFORMING TRAUMA Podcast!

The Transforming Trauma podcast is designed to highlight individuals and communities thriving after Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Complex Trauma (C-PTSD).  Interviews with NARM Therapists, and other prominent trauma specialists, will highlight how the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) fills a missing gap in the current trauma-informed efforts to address the legacy of developmental, relational, cultural and intergenerational trauma. Podcast guests will guide listeners through the diverse ways NARM is applied to support individuals, couples, families and communities. 

The podcast is designed for mental health professionals, as well as educators, parents, public policy makers, trauma survivors, or anyone interested in personal healing and social justice.  The Transforming Trauma podcast will provide listeners with a map for increased resiliency, greater health outcomes, healthier relationships, personal growth and social change. Read more

Helping children and families

Children's Alliance

Gov. Jay Inslee spoke in front of 300 advocates from the Children's Alliance for their annual "Have A Heart For Kids" event in Olympia Tuesday. They discussed early learning, health care, ending hunger, access to improved oral health care and protecting immigrant families.




Lead Teacher OlyCAP Early Childhood Services seeks a F/T Lead Teacher (with benefits) in Sequim. Must have AA in ECE. Job Description and application is available here.


Quileute Tribe 

Has 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.


First Step Family Support Center

To apply, please email resume and letter of interest to:

Maternity Support Services RN (pdf)

Maternity Support Services Behavioral Health Specialist

Full-Time Parent Educator

Program Manager

Advocate/Case Manager



Support for Programs Aiding Traumatized Youth
Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation Children's Initiative

The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation's Children's Initiative provides support to direct service programs throughout the United States that promote resilience, stability, and pyscho-social health for youth ages 12 and above who have been traumatized by Adverse Childhood Experiences. Eligible programs must directly serve youth who have been significantly traumatized by Adverse Childhood Experiences, offer age-appropriate therapeutic interventions, provide services that go beyond crisis intervention, include a plan for evaluating program effectiveness, enhance the relationship between the child and at least one significant adult, be a new program or a new therapeutic component to an existing program, and use trauma informed practices. The average grant size is $30,000 or less. The deadline for Stage One Applications is March 1, 2020; invited Stage Two Applications will be due by August 1, 2020. Visit the Foundation's website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.


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