PW! Update February 23, 2021

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Prevention Works!
Prevention Works!
Mission: Prevention Works! is a coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County
PW! Update February 23, 2021


Check out our new Child Care Provider Recruitment just east of Traylors!!!



Prevention Works! has been supporter of Vroom for over a year now.... other organizations can also be involoved.

We know that Vroom is a great resource for parents and caregivers. It shows them how to turn their everyday interactions with their children into brain building moments.

Vroom is also a great tool for community building. You can see real examples of that in these short videos. They show people using Vroom to open doors of communication, overcome isolation, activate leadership and build collaboration. 

Check out these videos to see Vroom in action in communities and organizations.

Connecting rural families - Vroom

Have questions? Want help with Vroom in Washington State? Marilyn Gisser wants to hear from you.

Vroom Resources here...



March 2, 2021, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, via Zoom Mindfulness for Parents -- Get Centered: Strategies for Supporting and Connecting with Your Teen

Parents and guardians will experience mindfulness practices and learn how their own practices of mindful awareness will benefit their family. Presented by Forefront Suicide Prevention

Registration here:


Thursday, March 4th, from 1:00 PM to 11:15 AM PT “The Struggle is Real: Finding Healing During Difficult Times” Youth Thrive Alive! Next Quarterly Forum

Hello Youth Thrive Community,

Whether you are new to us or a familiar face, you are a member of the Youth Thrive community because of your commitment to youth well-being, healthy development, and thriving. We are (and have been) dealing with extremely challenging times: from navigating a global pandemic to enduring persistent systemic and institutional racism to withstanding debilitating economic challenges. We recognize the toll that these things can collectively take on our mental and physical health and especially on young people; as some would say “the struggle is real.

That struggle will be the subject of our next Youth Thrive Alive Forum: The Struggle is Real: Finding Healing During Difficult Times, taking place on March 4, 2021 from 1PM - 2:15PM ET where we will discuss the mental health needs of young people during COVID-19 and ways to center healing and well-being in our practice.

Join us for this conversation featuring Dr. Shawn Ginwright, Founder and CEO of the Flourish Agenda, Inc., one of the nation’s leading innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders for youth and Professor of Education and Africana Studies at San Francisco State, along with Kendall Cook, young leader, activist, organizer and Anna Gennari, Deputy Director of Foster Youth in Action.

Register Here! If you have any questions or need more information, please email us at

Friday, March 5, at 10am PT First episode, Growing Policy Solutions for Improved Community Health, in which we’ll explore the fundamental drivers of health inequities.

ChangeLab Solutions’ CEO Sarah de Guia will be joined by leaders in public health and health equity: Oxiris Barbot, MD, adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and senior fellow for public health and social justice at The JPB Foundation; Wendoly Marte, director of economic justice at Community Change; and Cara James, PhD, president and CEO of Grantmakers in Health.

This panel will lay the groundwork for our series, investigating what the drivers of health inequity are and how different sectors — including community-based organizations, government, and funders — are addressing them and advancing structural solutions.

Register now


Tuesday March 9, 2021SXSW EDU® Welcomes Oprah Winfrey And Dr. Bruce Perry As The Opening Keynote At The 2021 Online Event

Co-Authors of "What Happened to You" Address Childhood Trauma and How It Impacts Who We Become

The fireside chat will feature global media icon and philanthropist, Ms. Oprah Winfrey and world-renowned brain development and trauma expert, Dr. Bruce Perry, M.D. Ph.D. Together they will explore the impact of childhood trauma on who we become, the decisions we make, and how healing must start with one question "what happened to you?" Ms. Winfrey and Dr. Perry focus on understanding how shifting the approach to trauma and allowing understanding of the past allows for an opening of the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.

"When I first heard Dr. Perry speak about trauma-informed education, it served as a fundamental shift in the way I approached my school in South Africa. I knew I wanted to learn more, study more, and share his work with as many people as I could. I look forward to our conversation at SXSW EDU with educators who understand the long-term impact of addressing trauma from this lens," said Ms. Winfrey.

Dr. Perry commented, "The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely they are to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love."

Read more here... 


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 

Full agendaphoto contestVroom focus group information, and registration visit

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.    



Enrich Kids’ Mental Health

Guiding children toward mastery of new skills can help them thrive — and get some household chores done at the same time.

I begged my 12-year-old to help me with the pandemic task of learning to dye my hair at home. I could have done it myself, but I’ve learned that small opportunities to feel useful and successful are good for kids’ mental health, which I’m especially attuned to in our current circumstances.

Among the other ideas I’ve tried during these long months: Letting my kids practice phone skills by having them call to order takeout and asking them for help with setting up the Wi-Fi booster. In some cases, it would be faster to just do these things without their “help,” but I’m doing it deliberately, to benefit my kids.

It might seem like a strange time to ask parents to take a new approach — don’t we have enough to juggle? But focusing on helping our kids develop what psychologists call “self-efficacy,” or a person’s belief that they are capable of successfully meeting the tasks or challenges that face them, can yield immediate benefits.

But can such small tasks really instill a sense of control right now, in a pandemic? It’s possible, experts say, and allowing kids to try to meet real-life challenges is the best way for them to build that healthy self-efficacy. Albert Bandura, the Stanford University psychologist who first developed the concept of self-efficacy in the 1970s, called these important first-person accomplishments “mastery experiences.”

Read more here...


Neglecting Yourself Doesn’t Make You a Better Mother By Danna Lorch

Showering and eating regularly can be a form of self-care.

Before even becoming a parent, I was conditioned to believe that good mothers always put themselves dead last. At a college reunion years ago, I complimented a former classmate, a mother of three, on how strong she looked. She shrugged it off: “Oh, that’s because I never take time to make myself food. I just eat scraps off the kids’ plates.”

Read more here....


Treating Others Fairly

As young as 3 months old, children may notice racial differences and that people may look the same as or different from them, their primary caregivers, or other people in their family or community. Instead of adopting a colorblind perspective by choosing not to see or ignoring skin color, it’s important to talk about it! When parents stay silent, children may get the message that race and racism do not matter, and that racial injustice and unfair treatment are a thing of the past. For kids, learning about race and racism should begin at an early age with conversations with the trusted grown-ups in their lives. Have confidence in yourself and your child as you discuss tough topics like racism and discrimination — aiming to be honest and specific as you raise the next generation to confront racial injustice.

Read more here....



Bored? Find wow-worthy science experiments From PBS Kids

Kids this age tend to be tinkerers and creators. Encourage this scientific exploration and creativity! Build DIY water bottle boats together and ask, "Where have you seen a boat?" Talk about different kinds of boats and how boats float. Explain that a boat floats by settling into the water and pushing the water aside to make room for itself. The water pushes back on the bottom and sides of the boat, holding the boat up. Continue your water adventures and explore basic concepts of physics and gravity with this walking water experiment.

CRAFTExperiment With Walking Water

This fun science activity introduces basic concepts of physics and gravity.

CRAFTExploring Water With Ice Towers

Sneak in some science with these fun ice towers.

CRAFTExploring Hot and Cold Changes



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7 Books To Help Address and Discuss Tough Topics With Kids

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.

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.

Read more and listen here...



Looking specifically for books written and/or illustrated by African American creators? Visit our section featuring books by African American Authors & Illustrators! Be sure to also check out our selection of Coretta Scott King Award winners for outstanding books that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  First Book offers us this resource here...



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A New Podcast Exploring the Science & Methodology of Storytelling

from the authors of

How to Tell Stories to Children

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From the authors of How to Tell Stories to Children comes a podcast that supports parents, teachers, and grandparents who want to engage in the intimacy and excitement of storytelling at home.

Our work has been endorsed by Dr. Jane Goodall, New York Times bestselling authors and parenting guides Steve Biddulph, Kim John Payne, Bill McKibben, Richard Rohr, Charles Eisenstein, and many more.

Warning! This is not a collection of children's stories (you can find those here). It's about empowerment. It is about finding your voice. We combine the science of storytelling with a step-by-step method, practice exercises, and sample stories to help you awaken to the storyteller within.

Read more here...


New tools can help us better address student trauma []

By Jerry Almendarez, EdSource, February 17, 2021

When we began classes in Santa Ana Unified School District in the fall, we knew that in addition to varying degrees of learning loss, students would be returning to class having experienced isolation and a high potential for emotional trauma.

We also knew that the information that we educators and administrators typically rely on, like the Smarter Balanced tests, would be unavailable this year because the state suspended administering them because of the pandemic.

In spite of all this struggle and uncertainty, we did have access to a new set of tools that provide teachers and administrators comprehensive information about the learning needs of our students. Santa Ana School District is working with California’s CORE Districts, in partnership with Education Analytics, to pilot an interactive platform called the Rally Analytics Platform.

[Please click here to read more.]


How Racism Can Affect Child Development

What could our society look like if racial disparities in health and learning outcomes didn’t exist? According to extensive studies, the U.S. would save billions in health care costs alone. The value of realizing the potential contributions of so many people around the world who are impaired by—or die from—preventable chronic illnesses is enormous, and the human costs are incalculable.

Advances in science are presenting an increasingly clear picture of how significant adversity in the lives of young children can disrupt the development of the brain and other biological systems. These early disruptions can undermine young children’s opportunities to achieve their full potential. And, while they may be invisible to those who do not experience them, there is no doubt that both systemic racism and interpersonal discrimination can lead to chronic stress activation that imposes significant hardships on families raising young children.

It’s time to connect these dots. This infographic explains in basic terms how racism in particular gets “under the skin” and affects learning, behavior, and lifelong health. There is much more to say, but by starting with a shared understanding, we can work together toward creative strategies to address these long-standing inequities.

Download Colorful PDF here....


In case you missed it... The Brain Architects Podcast

Connecting Health & Learning Part I: The Science
How do our biological systems work together to respond to chronic stress? What do these responses mean for early learning and lifelong health? And when we say that early experiences matter, what do we mean by early? 
Listen now! 

Connecting Health & Learning Part II: The Implications
How do we use the science of early childhood development to implement practical strategies and overcome longstanding barriers in the early childhood field? How can we ensure that families’ voices are heard when we create policies or programs?
Listen now!

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10 Trending SEL Podcasts

10 Trending SEL Podcasts for District Leaders and Educators

We curated 10 popular podcasts that sit at the intersection of K-12 education, leadership, and social-emotional learning. Happy listening!

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6 Strategies to Increase Parent Engagement in SEL

6 Strategies to Increase Parent Engagement in SEL

How can we engage families in our SEL efforts without making it feel like "just another thing?" Explore these strategies for extending SEL into the home.

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First Step has an opening for a 30-40 hour a week Parent Educator. If you know of anyone interested please share either the attached job description or the hyperlink below.


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. Link to position...


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