PW! Update February 9, 2021 Child Care Crisis!

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Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County
 
PW! Update February 9, 2021
 
 
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Have you ever thought about owning your own business? Clallam County is experiencing a Child Care Crisis! There are resources available to help you start your business - Information will be available at this Job Fair!!! And on our website: www.pw4kids.org

.Job Fair February 2021

Sorry for the blury picture - here is registration link: https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/wesd-olympic/e/LeL2m

Please find PW! Child Care Recruitment Video on our webpage www.pw4kids.org 

 

50 CHILD ADVOCATE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Clallam County Child Advocates, speak for children in foster care who are going through the dependency court system.

Child Advocates are also known as Volunteer Guardians ad Litem (GAL). They are often the only person within the system who is a consistent presence throughout the legal process, and the only person who is advocating for the child’s best interest. Child Advocate statistics have shown that a child with a GAL spends less time in foster care, has fewer moves (if at all), is more likely to finish their high school education, and is less likely to engage in risky behaviors, versus the children who are not represented. It is powerful to witness the impacts that we can have for families just by having an advocate volunteer ten hours a month! 

The opioid epidemic in our county has had a tremendous impact on many aspects of our community, but few feel it as deeply as our children involved with the dependency system. Out of the 200 children in care, 90% are there due to neglect and abuse from parents who are struggling with the disease of addiction. The road to completing treatment and being able to correct parental deficiencies is a long one; for children waiting for parents to get well it is painfully long. Having a GAL for each child is critical to ensure that these children and families do not languish in the judicial system waiting on hold for a permanent and safe home. 

The Clallam County Child Advocate program has a goal to recruit a volunteer for every child in our county by the end of the year.  They are looking for 50 heroes! What a long way that would go toward breaking the cycles of trauma and helping children develop some resiliency and hope!  Clallam County Child Advocates asks that volunteers commit to stay with a child throughout the case, an average of a year and a half. The initial training is 30 hours spread over a number of weeks, and can be arranged via zoom if needed due to covid-19 limitations. After a GAL has established him or herself within the case the average time GAL’s spend is 10 hours a month.  Please contact us at juvenile@co.clallam.wa.us or call 360-417-2282 for more information.            

 

CALENDAR

Tuesday March 16-18, 2021 8:30 am-12 pm with optional virtual lunch 12:00 pm -1:00 pm PT  3rd Annual Washington Fatherhood Summit 

"Resilient Dads: Fathering in Challenging Times" 

Who: Fathers, providers, lay and professional leaders, policy makers, philanthropists, and fatherhood advocates.

Why: Help Washington State continue to build a state where all men can become the fathers they want to be

Where: Zoom with interactive engagement. Register on Eventbrite today!                        

Featured Speakers:

3/16: Corey Best

3/17: Fatherhood Panel 

3/18: Kevin Bremond, Co-Founder Alameda County Fatherhood Corps 

For full agendaphoto contestVroom focus group information, and registration visit wafatherhoodcouncil.org.

Support us in building the Washington Fatherhood photo bank by entering the photo contest. We will be having two drawings for gift cards as a way to thank fathers who attend the summit on their own time. 

The drawings will be held right before the virtual lunch on day 1 and day 2.  You do not have to be present to win, but you must live in Washington State.  Please sign up for the drawing during Registration.    

 

PARENTING

Caring Dads Probably Came First, Before Providing Dads- Nurturing fatherhood was embedded in male biology long ago and likely laid evolutionary foundations for other fathering roles.

How central is hands-on, caring fatherhood to men’s roles in families? We know that many fathers are very capable caregivers. Data show that fathers in many parts of the world are doing more hands-on care than their own fathers did. Many dads warm to the role. And research demonstrates that involved fathering benefits children. But how much is interactive caring at the core of who men are as fathers? Is it a passing development, an aberration from men’s foundational, evolved roles over the history of our species: to be a hunter/breadwinner?

New anthropological research offers an intriguing answer. It suggests that caring fatherhood is not only core to men’s parenting, but that it may have come first in human evolution, before fathers provided food for their offspring. Indeed, if humans had not first developed early forms of caring fatherhood, then the provider father might never have arrived: Thus, “caring dad” may have laid the evolutionary foundations for “provider dad.”

This explanation springs from our attempts to understand a very distinctive and unusual feature about humans: We are virtually the only primates who routinely share large quantities of food with one another. Adult males, females, and children benefit from such sharing. Indeed, the pooling of high-energy food resources (such as meat and root vegetables) helps explain how humans evolved large, energetically costly brains that make up only a small percentage (~4%) of our body weight but require nearly 20% of the calories we burn each day. It also helps explain our unique family strategy of raising many very needy, slow-growing children at the same time, which sets us apart from other mammals, including other primates.

“These findings highlight direct caring for children as an important feature of men’s lives from early in human evolution.”

The advantages of food sharing can be seen in some contemporary societies that practice foraging (or hunting and gathering) to meet their food needs. Hunting can generate large, nutrient-dense food resources, but successful hunts of large animals are also unpredictable. Men’s specialization as hunters is generally possible only with the nutritional assurance provided by women’s more consistent foraging of plants, insects, and other small animals.

Read more here...

 

NEWS / RESEARCH

America’s Mothers Are in Crisis..... Is anyone listening to them?

By Jessica Grose Feb. 4, 2021

This article is part of “The Primal Scream,” a series that examines the pandemic’s effect on working mothers in America.

In early September, as the school year inched closer, a group of mothers in New Jersey decided they would gather in a park, at a safe social distance, and scream their lungs out. For months, as the pandemic disrupted work and home life, these moms, like so many parents, had been stretched thin — acting as caregivers, teachers and earners at once. They were breaking.

As are mothers all over the United States.

By now, you have read the headlines, repeating like a depressing drum beat:

Working moms are not okay.” “Pandemic Triples Anxiety And Depression Symptoms In New Mothers.” “Working Moms Are Reaching The Breaking Point.”

You can also see the problem in numbers: Almost 1 million mothers have left the workforce — with Black mothers, Hispanic mothers and single mothers among the hardest hit. Almost one in four children experienced food insecurity in 2020, which is intimately related to the loss of maternal income. And more than three quarters of parents with children ages 8 to 12 say the uncertainty around the current school year is causing them stress.

Despite these alarm bells clanging, signaling a financial and emotional disaster among America’s mothers, who are doing most of the increased amount of child care and domestic work during this pandemic, the cultural and policy response enacted at this point has been nearly nonexistent.

Read more here... 

 

Students in Sara Stevens' kindergarten class have at least 40 minutes a day for what's called "Play to Learn" time. Jackie Mader / The Hechinger Report

Blocks

Feb. 8, 2020, 4:02 AM PST

By Jackie Mader, The Hechinger Report

This article about play-based kindergarten was produced by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education.

EVERETT, Wash. — On a sunny winter morning in Sara Stevens’ kindergarten classroom at Pathfinder Kindergarten Center, 5- and 6-year olds learned about colors, shapes, engineering and design.

Not a pencil or worksheet was in sight, however. These kids were playing.

Standing in front of a child-size kitchen in the corner of the classroom, Jamila dropped a plastic tomato, a hot dog, a banana and a fish into a small metal pot.

“The cake’s ready!” she proclaimed to her friends.

A few feet away, her classmate Ivan was sprawled on the ground surrounded by blocks and small toy cars.

“This is a house with an invisible force field,” he proclaimed, carefully adding a block to the structure. “I didn’t build the force field,” he clarified. “I imagined it.”

The classrooms in Pathfinder have play areas that include window nooks and child-size kitchens. 

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Unseen scars of childhood truama [knowablemagazine.org]

Twenty years of research have established the connection between adverse childhood experiences and long-term health. Now researchers are looking for ways to measure the biology behind the correlation and try to reverse it.

By Amanda B. Keener

Before you were 18, did a parent or other adult in your household ever push, grab, shove or slap you?

Was a household member depressed or mentally ill?

Did a household member go to prison?

These are just a sampling of the questions asked in a landmark study of 17,337 middle-aged adults that began in the late 1990s. The work showed researchers for the first time just how common adverse childhood experiences, as they’re termed, truly are: Nearly two-thirds of the group of mostly white, middle-class people from the San Diego area had experienced at least one type of physical or psychological trauma included in the survey. Twelve percent had been through four or more.

But the biggest surprise from the study was that adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, didn’t just lead to emotional and psychological ill effects, such as depression, later in life: People who had more traumatic experiences were also more likely as adults to have heart disease, cancer and a host of other health problems. And though people with higher ACE scores are more likely to smoke and suffer from alcoholism and drug abuse, behavioral factors don’t fully account for these increased disease risks.

Follow-up studies over the last 20 years have confirmed these findings and found links to other conditions, including type 2 diabetes and autoimmune disorders. Recent work has shown that ACEs can start to affect health even in childhood, increasing risks for asthma, cognitive delays, hormone imbalances, sleep disturbances, obesity and frequent infections.

Such work reveals that childhood adversity is a major public health issue. “Once you start understanding the prevalence of adversity in the general population, you can’t unsee it,” says Phil Fisher, a psychologist at the University of Oregon.

Fisher and other researchers are now working to understand why ACEs have such impacts on physical health. Childhood adversity, they are finding, has lasting effects on stress hormones, inflammation, brain development and gene regulation. By identifying such measurable physical changes, or biomarkers, the scientists hope to be able to pinpoint which kids are at greatest risk of long-term health effects — and provide a metric for studying the effects of treatments such as specialized therapies.

“The biomarkers can really help us to have a lot more precision in the ways that we provide support,” Fisher says. Already, the evidence has led many pediatricians to screen all their patients for ACEs.

Read more here...

 

New Podcast Series Featuring Network Leaders

Across the United States, communities are coming together to understand the impact that childhood trauma can have in adulthood and to create environments where children are free from harm. The Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) podcast series features leaders from cross-sector networks that are moving this approach forward on a broad scale.

“Networks are so effective at addressing trauma in communities because they harness the power of organized people, resources, and ideas. We have to talk honestly about power dynamics in collaborative networks so that they do not unintentionally replicate patterns of oppression and exclusion that create the very trauma we hope to heal.”—Kathryn Evans, President of Rooted Strategy

A joint production of the Health Federation of Philadelphia and Prevention Institute, the three-part series is hosted by Ruben Cantu (Prevention Institute) and Kathryn Evans (Rooted Strategy).  Join Ruben and Kathryn as they explore challenging topics facing collaborative community resilience efforts and raise issues of power dynamics.

Episode 1: Effective Network Leadership

Featuring guests Joel Fein and Crystal Wyatt from the Philadelphia ACE Task Force

Episode 2: The Role of a Backbone Organization

Featuring guest Laura Norton-Cruz, former director of the Alaska Resilience Initiative

Episode 3: Using Data to Effect Change

Featuring guests Yusuf Ali, Soojin Conover and Suzeth Dunn from Boston’s Vital Village Network

Episodes are also available on various podcast platforms.

 

JOB POSTINGS

Olympic Nature Experience seeks an Executive Director who:

Has an educational vision to bring us confidently into the next chapter of programming;

Is an experienced fundraiser who will maintain and grow our solid financial base; and

Is an organizational leader who will lead with compassion, equity and integrity.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by completing the online application. We will acknowledge and review all applications in the order they are received. The priority deadline for applying is February 26, 2021. We encourage early submission. The position will remain open until filled. We expect to begin interviews in mid-March. 

Click here for more information!!! 

 

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