PW! Update 12-8-2020

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Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County
PW! Update 12-8-2020


Masks are here!! Please send your order to so we can get you on our (socially distanced) delivery list!!!

Here is board member Jim Stoffer showing off his PW! Mask! Get yours soon!

Jim in Mask 2

Prevention Works! Mask Order Form



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Masks are $10 each

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Check: Prevention Works! P.O. Box 1913 Port Angeles, WA 98362                                                              (please send an alert email to so we can save them for you!)

Cash on Delivery (send email to or contact one of our board members to set up delivery)

Board Members are: Mary Wegmann, Chair; Ann Simpson, Chair Elect; Jody Jacobsen, Treasurer; Stacie Neff, Secretary; Charlotte Penn, At Large member; or other Board Members: Florence Bucierka, Yvette Cline; Ellen Feitchiet, Susan Hillgren, Tracey Hosselkus, Lisa Lyon, Joy Sheedy, or Jim Stoffer. You may also contact Laura Brogden or Jennifer Charles - our contractors. 

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Please stay safe and healthy!!!


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Today's suggestion: 

Building life skills like focus, self control, problem-solving, and taking on challenges in their early years helps your child today and later in life.

Our tips help you share the joy of learning with your child now while you prepare them for tomorrow. Studies show that school readiness and success, better health, and stable finances in adulthood are tied to having good life skills.

Children's brains grow strong when you help them stretch their learning further. Keep a moment going: ask your child a question that starts with what, when, where, how, or why! For more Vroom Tips:




Wednesday December 9, 2020 noon to 1 p.m.

Prevent Burnout: For Health Care Providers during COVID and Beyond  

Whether you work in a hospital, a safety net clinic, or in another health care setting, no health care provider working during the COVID-19 pandemic needs to read the flurry of news stories that highlight the extreme stress experienced by people in this line of work – you already know it firsthand.  This webinar will introduce health care providers to the Community Resiliency Model (CRM), an evidence-based method of managing traumatic stress, preventing burnout and building resiliency.

This one-hour ACEs Connection webinar, cosponsored by the Center for Care Innovations, will answer these questions:

  • What is the Community Resiliency Model?
  • What is the science behind CRM?
  • How can CRM be used in the course of a fast-paced day?
  • How can CRM transform the work environment for health care providers?

When:  Wednesday, Dec. 9, noon-1 p.m. PT



Thursday December 10, 2020 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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North Olympic Library Systems have added more activities for children and parents:

  • Sign up your child (age 4 and under) to receive free books, monthly by mail!



Sign your child up to receive a free book in the mail each month!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails free books to children. Now, every child age 4 and under in Clallam County is qualified to receive a book by mail, at no cost to their families, every month until their fifth birthday!

Every year, a diverse batch of developmentally-appropriate books is selected for each age group including bilingual books in Spanish and English, with options for braille and audiobooks.

Register your children age 4 and under here. Questions about signing up? Email In 6-9 weeks you’ll receive your first book. After that, books will arrive monthly. The first book every child receives is The Little Engine That Could, which is Dolly Parton’s favorite book. The message of the book is timeless, encouraging children to never give up, do their best, and stay positive no matter what.

*Registration is unavailable the 1st of every month for processing.



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Richard Chhen, M.A.. May 19, 2020


“Early Childhood” is more than just a developmental stage or part of a job title. It is a leap of faith: that we are making a difference in the lives of young children when many of the results of our hard work may not become apparent until long after we may be forgotten.

“Early Childhood,” for me, is also a way of living life. When I am around little human beings, new to the planet, I am committed to ensuring that they experience, in me, the best life has to offer: joy, playfulness, respect, gratitude, hope, creativity, persistence, resilience, curiosity and so much more. Therefore, some of the most important work I do to be a successful professional lies in my growth as a person. I created “Zen and the Art of Early Childhood Education,” my social media page on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, in part, as a way to help early childhood professionals notice the relationship between long-held human wisdom and ECE best practices…

On “Reflection”

Know thyself.
– Socrates

I would be concerned for a future in which our children are cared for by robots. In order to learn what it means to be human, young children need professionals who bring their humanity to work, flaws and all, every single day. Therefore, we must become reflective practitioners who ask ourselves, “How does who I am personally color who I am professionally?” We must consider the ways we were raised and educated, notice our preferences and biases, and embrace our unique strengths and challenges. If we are not awake and aware of how we are being around young children, in their most formative years, we lessen the possibilities they will have to choose from as they move through their lives.

If you want to know the past, to know what has caused you,
look at yourself in the PRESENT, for that is the past’s effect.
  If you want to know your future, then look at yourself
  in the PRESENT, for that is the cause of the future.
– Majjhima Nikaya

Read more here...



The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2020 from New York Times 

Dec. 2, 2020

Picture Books

I TALK LIKE A RIVER, by Jordan Scott, illustrated by Sydney Smith. (Neal Porter/Holiday House, $18.99.) A boy who struggles with stuttering (as does the author, a Canadian poet) finds relief in a trip with his father to a nearby river, where he sees that turbulence and eddying are part of the natural flow. Smith’s immersive illustrations richly convey the boy’s sensory experience as he swims toward self-acceptance.


IF YOU COME TO EARTH, by Sophie Blackall. (Chronicle, $18.99.) “Dear Visitor from Outer Space,” the child narrator begins, “if you come to Earth, here’s what you need to know.” Blackall delivers on the promise: Her wondrous book seems to contain multitudes — the world’s every river, flower, person, cruise ship and bottle cap.


THE LITTLE MERMAID, by Jerry Pinkney. (Little, Brown, $18.99.) In Pinkney’s vivid reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, the mermaid befriends a human girl instead of pining over a handsome prince, and all the characters, human and mermaid, are Black.

OUR LITTLE KITCHEN, by Jillian Tamaki. (Abrams, $17.99.) Based on Tamaki’s experience volunteering at a small community kitchen that feeds the hungry, this color-saturated, mouthwatering whirlwind of a book bursts with energy from the moment its diverse group of characters starts chopping and slicing, whisking and whipping.


OUTSIDE IN, by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cindy Derby. (HMH Books for Young Readers, $17.99.) Underwood’s quietly profound text and Derby’s lush art provide a homage to nature, and a comforting reminder that Outside will be there for us when we’re ready. “I’m here, Outside says. I miss you.”

Continue reading the main story  There are so many great books - Check our your local library for more!!!!



Save early-childhood education from ‘the brink of disaster’

Dec. 6, 2020  By Ellen Galinsky and Javaid Siddiqi

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Donna Grethen / Op-Art

As in the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, recent media accounts of the decisions again facing medical professionals are harrowing. Confronting concerns over shortages of intensive care beds, a worst-case scenario is playing out over the airwaves: Are doctors again being forced to make unfathomable decisions over who lives and who dies?

A somewhat similar scenario has been playing out for months for the nation’s top state early childhood officials, who face dire decisions regarding the survival of early-childhood programs in their states — programs that enable millions of Americans to participate in the workforce and their children to learn.

Far too many of our early childhood programs have gotten “sick” from the pandemic. Between mandated closures, limited group sizes, purchasing equipment and supplies to ensure a safe environment and parents’ ambivalence about returning their children to group-based programs, providers have suffered “life-threatening” fiscal setbacks.

Since most — with the exception of Head Start — are underwritten primarily by private tuition, their continued viability has relied heavily on the distribution of $3.5 billion in federal relief funds via the CARES Act. But with these dollars all but spent, and Congress and the Trump administration thus far unable to find common ground on an additional COVID-19 relief package, catastrophe is on the horizon. A recent survey by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) shows that 40% of programs are “certain they will close permanently without additional public assistance.” Among those programs trying to hold on, many of their leaders are maxing out credit cards to survive.

Read more here...


New federal data shows Black preschoolers still disciplined at far higher rates than Whites

By Valerie Strauss Reporter November 26, 2020

Years after the Obama administration attempted to end deep racial disparities in preschool discipline, new federal data shows that Black youngsters are still more likely to be suspended or expelled than their White classmates.

This post explains the data as well as why past efforts to change the dynamic have not worked and what kind of action the authors — Shantel Meek and Evandra Catherine — want to see the incoming Biden administration undertake. They write: “Taking a colorblind approach to racism has never worked to address inequity; it has only ever increased it.”

Meek (@ShantelMeek) is the founding director of the Children’s Equity Project and a professor of practice at Arizona State University who was a senior policy adviser for early childhood development in the Obama administration. Catherine (@evcatherine) is a postdoctoral research scholar at the Children’s Equity Project at Arizona State University.

By Shantel Meek and Evandra Catherine

In 2005, Yale researchers shocked the nation’s conscience with the findings from the first major study on preschool expulsions. Astonishingly, researchers found that young children were expelled at a rate far higher than their older peers in K-12. Worse yet, Black children were much more likely to be pushed out.

Read the article here....



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