PW! Update 1-12-2021

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Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County
PW! Update 1-12-2021


Child Care Workers added to immunization schedule!!!

Phase 1b – Tier 2 also includes workers in child care settings and K-12 educators and staff during in-person schooling or childcare. Child care includes programs that are permitted to operate under DOH guidance for child care/youth development/day camps. Not only do they face the risks noted above (note: there is growing evidence that older kids have higher risk of transmission) but remote care and education is also associated with very high risk of 1 See Washington Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers for most up-to-date list of essential worker groups 7 negative societal impact. There is strong evidence regarding the negative impact remote schooling is having on K-12 students regarding educational advancement and access to meals and support services for children, which disproportionately affects low-income families.

See full document here.... 


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!!! 


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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

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 2 events this week 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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Wednesday January 13, 2021 7 p.m. IEP SERVICE ADVOCACY IN THE COVID ERA: WITH LARRY DAVIS & STEVE GILL Focusing on what you CAN do!

Join us for a presentation by two knowledgeable advocates, Larry Davis and Steve Gill. Read below to find out more information about the presenters.
Key areas of this presentation will be:
• Why Remote Learning fails to equitably meet our students needs?

  • • How you can work with the district toward resolution in times of

conflict & struggle.

  • • What you can do at home now to mediate the learning gaps.
  • • Activity
  • • Question and Answer Session
    ?You do not need to be a member of Seattle Special Education PTSA to attend meetings and other events.

More info:

Topic: IEP Advocacy During the Covid Era with Larry Davis and Steve Gill
Time: Jan 13, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 823 1911 6882
Passcode: 681911
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Wedsnesday February 24, 2021 9 a.m.Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid - Free Online event



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Healthy New Year's Resolutions for Children & Teens

​​​​​​​The start of a new year is a great time to help your children focus on forming good habits.

Here are some healthy and positive goal-setting ideas you can suggest to your children, depending on their age.


  • I will try hard to clean up my toys by putting them where they belong.
  • I will let my parents help me brush my teeth twice a day.
  • I will wash my hands after going to the bathroom and before eating.
  • I will try new foods when I can, especially all different colors of vegetables.
  • I will learn how to help clear the table when I am done eating.
  • I will be friendly to all animals. I will learn how to ask the owners if I can pet their animal first.
  • I will do my best to be nice to other kids who need a friend or look sad or lonely.
  • I will talk with my parent or another adult I trust when I need help or am scared.

Kids, 5 to 12 years old

  • I will drink water or milk and water most days. I will keep soda and fruit drinks only for special times.
  • I will wear my seat belt every time I get in a car. I'll sit in the back seat and use a booster seat until I am tall enough to use a lap/shoulder seat belt.
  • I will try to find a physical activity ​(like playing tag, jumping rope, dancing or riding my bike) a sport I like to play or that I like and do it at least three times a week!
  • I will take care of my skin by putting on sunscreen and wearing a hat and sunglasses when possible.
  • I will always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.
  • I'll try to be friendly to kids who may have a hard time making friends by talking with them and inviting them to join activities.
  • I will tell an adult about bullying​ that I see or hear about to do what I can to help keep school safe for everyone.
  • I will keep my personal info safe and not share my name, home address, school name or telephone number online. Also, I'll never send a picture of myself to someone I chat with on the computer without asking my parent if it is okay.
  • I will try to talk with my parent or a trusted adult when I have a problem or feel stressed.
  • I promise that I'll do my best to follow our household rules for videogames and internet use.
  • I will try to save time to read for fun.​

Kids, 13 years old and older

  • I will try to eat two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables every day. I will drink sodas​ only at special times.
  • I will do my best to take care of my body through fun physical activity and eating the right types and amounts of foods.
  • When I have some down time for media, I will try to choose educational, high-quality non-violent TV shows and video games that I enjoy. I will spend only one to two hours each day—at the most—​on these activities. I promise to respect out household rules ​for videogames and internet use.
  • I will try to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep that my body needs each night.
  • I will do what I can to help out in my community. I will give some of my time to help others, working with community groups or others that help people in need. These activities will make me feel better about myself and my community.
  • When I feel angry or stressed out, I will take a break and find helpful ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or talking about my problem with a parent or friend.
  • When faced with a difficult decision, I will talk about my choices with an adult whom I can trust.
  • When I notice my friends are struggling, being bullied or making risky choices, I will look for a trusted adult so that we can attempt to find a way to help.
  • I will be careful about whom I choose to date. I will treat the other person with respect and not force them to do something they do not want to do. I will not use violence​. I will expect to be treated the same way in return.
  • I will resist peer pressure to try tobacco-cigarettes, drugs, or alcohol. I will also avoid the use of e-cigarettes.
  • I agree not to use a cell phone or text message while driving and to always use a seat belt.

More information:

Last Updated 12/29/2020Source American Academy of Pediatrics (Copyright © 2018)


When Bad Things Are Happening

When news breaks of disaster or violence, your students may want to discuss a crisis as it unfolds. Here’s how.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated in January of 2021 Was ORIGINALLY POSTED  MAY 18, 2018 

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We know that as news of a crisis makes its way into your classroom, both you and your students may need support figuring out how to respond. Here are a few suggestions for navigating a discussion with students as news unfolds.

These recommendations build on the Psychological First Aid (PFA) framework, developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: “Listen, Protect, Connect—Model & Teach,” They also include suggestions from the American School Counselor Association and The Child Mind Institute.

Step 1: Listen. 

Do not quiet or dismiss students who want to talk about what's happening. This is an issue of immediate importance, and it will occupy their minds whether you discuss it in class or not. Set aside the time necessary to catch them up on the news available to you, and debrief. 

Let students express their feelings, share their experiences and vent. Consider letting them journal, draw or consider their reaction privately, as well. Give students time and space to react if they need it.

Step 2: Protect. 

Misinformation always spreads rapidly after a crisis. Encourage a critical eye toward breaking news. If a shooting is involved, there may be fake profiles of the shooter meant to cater to stereotypes. No matter what's happened, there will likely be differing reports. Look for trustworthy sources and remain skeptical. Deal in facts and big ideas; avoid speculation. Don’t let students watch nonstop, uninterrupted footage of the crisis.

Do your best to make students feel safe. Be honest, but remain calm. Organize the discussion as you would any discussion: Remember class routine, classroom contracts and community agreements. Keep control, even in this moment of interruption.

And remember to be aware of students who may be managing trauma or those whose lives have been touched by violence. Keep an eye on students, monitor reactions and recognize that trauma can manifest in a variety of behaviors, including anger and disengagement.

Step 3: Model. 

Help students translate feelings of hopelessness into opportunities to respond with productive action. Join them in brainstorming ways they could support survivors and families experiencing this trauma.

Step 4: Take care of yourself. 

Educators bear a heavy burden in trying to protect and support their students. Check in with your own feelings. And know that we have your back.

More information to support your children/students can be found here...


For parents with math anxiety, raising kids provides a chance for a do-over. You can try experiencing the world through their eyes: a world that's made of math and full of wonder.


Math Anxiety Is Real. Here's How To Help Your Child Avoid It - MindShift

Math Anxiety Is Real. Here's How To Help Your Child Avoid It - MindShift

Does math make you a little nervous? You're in the majority.

The phrase "number anxiety" was first coined by researchers back in the 1950s. By some estimates, as high as 93 percent of Americans feel some degree of math anxiety.

In 2012, about 30 percent of high school students reported that they felt "helpless" when doing mathematics problems.

For many people, math fears can be traced back to elementary school, and specifically, to timed tests and forced memorization, says Stanford University professor Jo Boaler. "Neuroscientists have shown recently that for people with math anxiety, a fear center lights up in their brain — the same as when they see snakes and spiders — and the problem- solving center of the brain shuts down," Boaler says.

But what can we do as parents to improve our kids' attitudes towards math?

Hear the Count from Sesame Street help here... Excellent Podcast!!!!


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News and Research

"A Kids Book About" has a variety of books addressing racial issues with children 

Jelani, is one of their co-founders. As a black father with a blended family, racism was an inevitable topic of conversation in his home. There, Jelani has a strict policy for how he raises his six children: unwavering honesty. Always upfront with tough topics that tend to make other parents squirm, he even had the "Where do babies come from?" talk with his daughter when she was 5—AND he used pictures. 

Desiring a tangible record of his experience for his kids to read and interact with, Jelani first wrote the pictured kids book on racism only for himself + his kids. It wasn’t until later, when he let a few others read the book that people started asking for copies and A Kids Book About was born. Jelani often shares that it really was his kids that actually started it all though. You see, Memory's kids treated his book differently from others in their collection because, he says, it treated them differently:

"The book treats them like they're smart," Memory says. "It talks up to them, not down to them. It gives them space to be thoughtful with big ideas." 

This quickly became a hallmark of every book in our ever-growing collection. We’ve seen firsthand how remarkable, brilliant, and inquisitive kids can be, especially when it comes to uncomfortable topics. They respond in a big way when you give them the chance. And, we wanted to create something that would empower those very conversations. So, we did just that - we collaborated with experts in fields related to all kinds tough topics to write books just as Jelani did. Whether its racism, feminism, depression, or one of the many different topics we cover, we wanted to create books that truly matter to families. 

If you are at all like Jelani or you’ve ever felt the least bit uncomfortable tackling some of the hard topics life throws at our families, we’d love to invite you on the journey that is, A Kids Book About. Check out the online bookstore and kickstart the important conversations with your kids through a collection of beautifully designed books on the hard issues kids deal with every day →

Other topics include: White Priviledge, Emotions, Anxiety, Empathy, Death.... and so many more...


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A Recipe for Raising Resilient Children - Skills and Factors that Contribute to Resiliency

By  on ACES Connection 

It's no secret that in 2021 mental health problems will continue on a steep rise for children and families. Resiliency is described by many as the ability to bounce back after facing hardships in life. It is a trait that we can develop, which is good news for those struggling right now.

Tenacity is our lifeline for surviving the challenges of 2020, 2021, and beyond. This critical trait can be learned throughout life, whether your child is an infant, a teen, or a young adult!

According to Dr. Bruce D. Perry, one of the most renowned experts in the study of childhood trauma, resiliency builds when stressors are moderate and predictable.

Consider the stress of learning to play a new sport, for example.

  • Learning a new skill is a stressor.
  • Performing that skill in front of others is a moderate stressor.
  • Knowing when and where you will need to show up for practice and games regularly makes the stressor predictable.

Read more here...


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Early Childhood Development Center Early Childhood Specialist 1-part time

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Public Health Nurse- Nurse Family Partnership Jefferson County
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