PW! Update 1-5-2021

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PW! Update 1-5-2021



Tuesday January 5, 2021 6 p.m. Port Angeles City Council Meeting 

PW! Child Care Task Force Chairs Joy Sheedy and Yvette Cline will present on Child Care Crisis

View PW! Child Care Recruitment Video at or

Here is the Agenda: Final-Agenda-01_05_2021 ( 


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PW! Mask Fundraiser continues.....

Mary Wegmann PW! Chair                                                          Jim Stoffer PW! Board 

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Board Members modeling our great masks!! If you would like to have one of these unique masks, please send your order to so we can get you on our (socially distanced) delivery list!!! 



Tuesday January 5, 2021 10 a.m. Clallam Resilience a program of United Way of Clallam County- Join us in the New Year!

Join Zoom Meeting

Did you miss the December Leadership Committee Meeting with Jill McCormick and Shawnda Hicks of PAVE? You can find the meeting minutes, Zoom recording, and presentation materials here


Child Care Aware of Washington is hosting three virtual legislative town halls in early January 2021, and we invite child care providers, parents/guardians and advocates to join us. We will focus on actions our elected officials can take to:

        1) Protect existing investments in child care

        2) Support providers through the pandemic and recovery

        3) Support families and communities who can't find quality,  affordable child care

Wed., Jan. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Protect Existing Investments

Tues., Jan. 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Support Families

Thurs., Jan. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Support Providers

Please RSVP to attend one of the three events so we can show state legislators how important child care is to all of us! Each town hall can hold up to 100 participants. The town halls will be recorded and shared publicly following each. 

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When Impulse Buys Make You Feel Safe

A toddler-sized vacuum can’t fix the world. But it can make my kid smile, and help soothe my uncertainty.

By Kaitlyn Greenidge

Credit...Adriana Bellet

I bought the toddler-sized vacuum cleaner at 3 a.m. in early June. I felt slightly giddy when I pressed the button.

I’d just spent the past four hours scrolling Twitter, watching as police officers injured protesters, reading the vitriol trolls spew, stopping every so often for the more beautiful images — the black cowboys in Texas and the ballroom dancers doing death drops in the middle of a march and the Amish carrying Black Lives Matter signs.

I’d drunk in all the chaos, and I was jittery and sad and scared. My daughter was asleep beside me, and everyone in the house was asleep, too. I had no one to talk to about any of it at that moment. So I bought the toy vacuum cleaner for a little release.

I knew I shouldn’t do it. I knew consuming a child’s hard-plastic toy that is probably going to end up at the bottom of the ocean in 15 years was a terrible response to all of those feelings. But it was an impulse that has been irresistible to me in these months of uncertainty.

Since March, so many packages have come to the house in Massachusetts, where my daughter and I are quarantining with my sisters, nieces, brother-in-law and mother. My mom ordered something from Amazon nearly every day. My sister did, too. One of my nieces only emerged from her room for the mail check. She is just 11, but was engaged in a long-running, cat-and-mouse game with an off-brand earbud website. Every few days, the company sent her non-Apple earbuds that didn’t work, and every few days she sent them back and requested a replacement. The company was not aware that they were playing this game with a sixth-grader who had infinite patience and still trusted that those in power would do the right thing.

Purchasing nonessentials is always fraught for me. I grew up poor, when the miscalculation of overspending by $20 could mean the lights were out for a week or the car was repossessed.

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Struggling To Discuss Tough Topics With A Kid? Here Are Books That Might Help

In Matt de la Peña's Love, a child comes downstairs to find the whole family gathered around the television. "When you ask what happened, they answer with silence and shift between you and the screen." In Love, de la Peña couches fearful moments in the context of love and protection. Text copyright © 2018 Matt de la Peña Illustrations copyright © 2018 Loren Long G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

2020 was — to borrow a phrase from a popular kid's book — a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year. And for parents, one of the year's hardest jobs was trying to explain current events to young kids.

"We are living in challenging times," says children's book author Matt de la Peña — and kids are taking a lot of it in. "While you and I read the news, watch the news, listen to the news — our young children are watching and reading us, and so they're not getting the whole picture," he says.


Kids Are Anxious And Scared During The Pandemic. Here's How Parents Can Help


A Comic Just For Kids: How To Stay Safe From The Coronavirus

De la Peña believes books can explore deep or difficult issues without hitting them head-on. "I don't think the job of a picture book is to answer questions," he says. "I think it's just to explore interesting topics."

Books should begin conversations, he explains: "Sometimes those are silly conversations, sometimes they're educational conversations and sometimes, like now, they can be quite profound."

De la Peña's latest book, Milo Imagines the World, illustrated by Christian Robinson, is out in February. He offers several suggestions for books that can help young kids think about tough subjects.



Baby Led Tummy Time: Rolling In The New Year

Will 2021 be the Year of the Baby? I’m hoping, yes.

Perhaps this will be the year that babies are finally acknowledged as uniquely capable, full-fledged people. Maybe parents and caregivers will realize that babies are born knowing something about their development and can be trusted to demonstrate readiness for developmental milestones by “doing them”.

If we believe in babies, then we give them opportunities to show us what they’re working on, and they’ll do the rest. This begins with allowing infants plenty of time to move their bodies freely and naturally and trusting them to direct their motor development.

So, I’m rolling in the New Year by sharing some inspiration. In the following video link, a 4-month-old infant demonstrates a wide array of movements and positions on her way to tummy time, none of which would be possible if she were propped up to sit, contained in a walker, seat or carrier, or placed on her tummy.  She is determined, but relaxed, engaged, content, a joyful explorer stopping to gaze at things that catch her eye, examine her hands and taste her thumb. Tummy time is just another interesting discovery, self-chosen and stress-free. Nothing could be more natural. This certainly bodes well for a lifelong love of learning…

I wish doctors had enough time to be able to observe how a baby is moving naturally, to share these observations with parents, and to point out to the parents how competent a baby is at any stage of development. This might help the parents to observe and appreciate what the child is capable of doing and to stop worrying and pushing toward the next milestone, for which the baby may not yet be ready.Magda Gerber

In the New Year (and always), may the time you’re blessed to spend with babies be joyful and inspiring. Cheers! (Thank you to Sarah, Nathan and Juliet for this beautiful video!)

For more about the benefits of baby-led tummy time, check out: The Case Against Tummy Time and No Tummy Time Necessary


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Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development. By Rishi Sriram published June 24, 2020

An illustration concept of a child internalizing knowledgeSam Falconer / theiSpot

When Albert Einstein was a child, few people—if any—anticipated the remarkable contributions he would make to science. His language development was delayed, worrying his parents to the point of consulting a doctor. His sister once confessed that Einstein “had such difficulty with language that those around him feared he would never learn.” How did this child go from potential developmental delays to becoming, well, Einstein?

Part of the answer to that question is symbolized in two gifts that Einstein received from each of his parents when he was 5 years old. When Einstein was in bed all day from an illness, his father gave him a compass. For Einstein, it was a mysterious device that sparked his curiosity in science. Soon after, Einstein’s mother, who was a talented pianist, gave Einstein a violin. These two gifts challenged Einstein’s brain in distinctive ways at just the right time.

Children’s brains develop in spurts called critical periods. The first occurs around age 2, with a second one occurring during adolescence. At the start of these periods, the number of connections (synapses) between brain cells (neurons) doubles. Two-year-olds have twice as many synapses as adults. Because these connections between brain cells are where learning occurs, twice as many synapses enable the brain to learn faster than at any other time of life. Therefore, children’s experiences in this phase have lasting effects on their development.

This first critical period of brain development begins around age 2 and concludes around age 7. It provides a prime opportunity to lay the foundation for a holistic education for children. Four ways to maximize this critical period include encouraging a love of learning, focusing on breadth instead of depth, paying attention to emotional intelligence, and not treating young children’s education as merely a precursor to “real” learning. 

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 PBS Kids for Parents


Curious Kids Can Be Creative Problem-Solvers

Embrace your child’s curiosity and unleash their creativity by encouraging them to become problem-solvers! Empower them to ask questions (asking "why" is a good thing!), make observations, and gather information — these steps are building blocks to identifying and tackling problems on their own.

Try starting a conversation around creative problem solving with these discussion questions:

1. "Let’s pretend we are on a walk, but we have a problem! The path we are walking on stops at a stream, and we can’t get across. What are some ways we could travel over it without getting wet? What would we need?"

2. Think about a time when you built something, or observed someone else working on a project. Ask: "What problem were they trying to solve? What is another way that they could have solved that problem?"

Build a Bridge With Paper, Paper Clips, and Blocks

 Elinor Wonders Why: "Water You Doing? /Thinking About Blinking"
Make Paper Planes to Glide Like a Draco

5 Engaging Questions to Discover Your Child’s Thinking

Next week's at-home learning theme is all about acting and dramatic play for kids. Want a sneak peek?         Click here.

6 Truths About Child Behavior Problems That Unlock Better Behavior

Standard parenting models tell us to reward behaviors you want to encourage, and punish behaviors you don’t. Dr. Ross Greene says that strategy only slaps a Band-Aid on an unsolved problem. Here, learn the basics of his CPS model for getting to the root of your child’s challenging behaviors.  BY ROSS W. GREENE, PH.D.

A father comforts his son after a bout of challenging behavior.

Child behavior problems aren’t a sign of insubordination, disrespect, or rudeness. They are a red flag you are inadvertently ignoring. They are telling you that your child is seriously struggling to meet your expectations, potentially because of a condition such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and he or she doesn’t know how to move forward.
This is the central premise of the collaborative and proactive solutions (CPS) model for treating challenging behavior. Described in depth in my books 

The Explosive Child (#CommissionsEarned)Lost at School (#CommissionsEarned)Lost & Found (#CommissionsEarned), and Raising Human Beings (#CommissionsEarned), the CPS model is an empirically-supported, evidence-based treatment approach that focuses on identifying the skills your child is lacking and the expectations he or she is having difficulty meeting. It is a new, collaborative and proactive approach to solving a problem most parents face daily.

See the six key tenets of CPS model here...



Helping preteens and their families in conversations about body changes, sex, and other growing-up stuff.


Learn about ONLINE and In-person programs for families  programs

in the news

“Let’s Talk (Frankly) About Sex” By Bonnie RochmanThe New York Times


“Birds and bees talk got your family buzzing? Julie Metzger on The Today Show


Book cover for This is Me, A Girl's Journal“This is Me…A Girl’s Journal”By Julie Metzger

Book Cover for "Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?"

“Will Puberty Last My Whole Life?” By Julie Metzger, R.N, M.N.and Rob Lehman, M.D.



Answers to this question from class and many more!

grown ups


“The Best Way to Fight with a Teenager” By Lisa Damour

Check out our YouTube Channel with a number of educational videos!


Trailer for The Chat: “Is Puberty Weird?”podcast



“Questions Adolescent Boys Ask About Puberty” By Mindshift KQED – NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO



Puberty Lady on KNKX’s Sound Effect


home-podcast-dadJulie Metzger on Hopefully Somebody Knows podcast

The Chat

  • The Chat is a 5-part series that mirrors our in-person For Boys and For Girls classes. These workshops can be registered for as a series or as single workshops - and they are provided to all genders.  Since May we have given The Chat workshops to over 4000 families in a LIVE broadcast on Zoom.  The feedback has been positive with families appreciating the format that provides an opportunity to have important conversations at home with their child. Families that register for the 5-part series also receive our book, Will Puberty Last My Whole Life? as part of their registration fee.
  • In addition, we have 3 Conversations for Grown-ups - also on Zoom - that are designed to support parents, coaches, teachers, grandparents of preteens and teens.
  • Beginning in January we will also have online workshops called Body Talk which will support families in conversations around EATING and MOVING - in collaboration with our colleagues at Opal Food+Body Wisdom.  
  • REGISTRATION for these workshops can be found at 
  • ALL of these programs have scholarship funds available.  



Peninsula College

Early Childhood Development Center Early Childhood Specialist 1-part time

First Step Family Support Center

Behavioral Health Specialist (pdf)
Community Health Worker
Full-Time Advocate/Case Manager

Public Health Nurse- Nurse Family Partnership Jefferson County
This newly expanded regional Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) Program is located in Port Angeles serving Clallam County! The Public Health Nurse position is with Jefferson County Public Health but the Nurse will be housed at First Step Family Support Center so they can serve Clallam County families and engage community connections.

Quileute Tribe

Early Childhood Intervention Specialist – open until filled

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Head Start 

Early Education - Disabilities Manager

Early Education Coach


Early Head Start Lead Teacher




Substitute Teacher Aide

Child Care Center

Childcare Teacher’s Assistant



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