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  • Increase Parenting Support for Families with Young Children

  • Promote Youth Academic Success

  • Identify Young Children with Mental, Emotional or Behavioral Problems and Provide Support

  • Reduce Violent and Aggressive Behavior by and to Youth

  • Increase Parenting Support for Families with Young Children

First Teacher Sets Series of Upcoming Parent Events

A series of First Teacher parent meetings are offered on Zoom at 10 a.m. on most Mondays.

This is an opportunity for parents/caregivers/guardians to get information on different parenting topics and young children to hear a story read aloud to them virtually by guest readers in the convenience of their homes and free of charge.  During the event, participants may type in questions using the chat feature.

On September 28, Shanna Crutchfield, community outreach manager for Vanir Construction, will introduce a special character and talk about sibling rivalry.

On October 5, Franklin Elementary first grade teacher and Sequim School District board director Eric Pickens will be guest reader.

On October 12, Wild Birds Unlimited owner Christie Lassen will talk about wild bird rescue along with folks from Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue.

On October 19, Dungeness River Audubon Center director Powell Jones explores the outdoor world with a focus on the amazing lives of owls and a chance to learn and practice their sounds! 

On October 26, Helen Haller Elementary School teacher Lorrie Corder will share a pumpkin craft and talk about kindergarten readiness.

Parent Zooms are scheduled through the end of the year, including a monthly science spot with the Dungeness River Audubon Center, and Santa as a very special guest reader!

The First Teacher program, a local nonprofit organization provided by Parenting Matters Foundation, offers resources for parents of young children. Clallam County residents can sign up to receive the First Teacher newsletter at no charge emailing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Get information about more parent zoom events and a link to access the Zoom meetings on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FirstTeacherPMF.

For more information about the First Teacher program or parent zooms, contact Patsene Dashiell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Parenting Matters & First Teacher Parent Zoom Events

First Teacher is an outreach program of Parenting Matters Foundation, a non-profit corportation that provides resources for parents of young children, ages birth to 5. Parenting Matters is a community parter of the United way of Clallam County. www.firstteacher.org "Like" our First Teacher page on Facebook to receive updates and access the links to Parent Zooms.

September 2020 Schedule of Parent Zoom Events

September 14 @ 10 am - Physical Therapist Cherry Bibler will read aloud and demonstrate some stretches and poses to help promote flexibility.

September 21 @ 10 am - Helen Haller Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Stephanie Grotzke-Nash will read aloud and talk about preparing children for kindergarten

September 28 @ 10 am - Shanna Crutchfield, community outreach spokesperson for Vanir, will read aloud with some very special guests and talk about sibling rivalry.

Good News and Effective Tools for Building Resilience and Managing Stress

With Linda Chamberlain, PhD MPH

August 18 and August 26 3-5 pm PT

Part 1 August 18th 3-5 p.m.  Understanding the science of breath has never been more important to our healing and well-being.  We will practice some simple breath awareness strategies and movements as we explore how the breath can shift the nervous system, calm the brain and build resilience.  In the second part of this workshop, participants will learn about an evidence-based tool called iRest.  iRest, the abbreviation for Integrative Restoration, is a mind-body practice that combines guided meditation with breath work and deep relaxation techniques.  Found to be highly effective for stress, anxiety, depression, sleep problems and other related issues, iRest was initially developed with the U.S. military and is now used in a wide range of settings around the world.  An overview of the scientific evidence supporting iRest will be interwoven into some brief practices to demonstrate two iRest tools.  There will be one break and time for questions, answers and discussion.

Part 2 August 26th 3-5 p.m.  The second session in this series will began with easy breath and movement strategies that can be done while seated to reduce stress and counteract the effects of sitting for long periods of time.  We will then transition to a review of the ten tools of iRest with an emphasis on building our inner resource, setting an intention and affirming our heartfelt mission.  We will do some brief practices to demonstrate how iRest works with our brains and bodies to harness our innate capacity for resilience.  The session will close with a guided iRest meditation followed by questions and discussion.  There will be one break.

Certificates are available - $60 for 4 hours Workshop

Registration Link:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4682159

Read More about Linda Chamberlain Link

No Small Matter Viewing and Panel Discussion

No Small Matter PosterAugust 13th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time

North Olympic Library System in Collaboration with United Way and Prevention Works! present this Virtual Event.

Registration is open here....

You are asked to view the documentary No Small Matter prior to the Local Panel discussion time of Noon August 13th. Once you are registered for the Local Panel you will receive a link and password to view the documentary. 

No Small Matter is a 45 minute documentary built from stories of real children, families, and teachers, illustrating the impact of high-quality early childhood experiences. The documentary meets parents who are struggling to do their best for their kids, incredible teachers who model what early childhood classrooms should and could be like, and children learning and developing in real time. The film is also firmly grounded in science, opening up the “black box” of what’s happening inside children’s brains.  These positive, hopeful stories serve as motivational tools in both the film and the No Small Matter campaign: Change is necessary, critical, and attainable if we put our minds to it.

Brain Updates with Ann Renker PhD

August 5, 2020 – 3:00 to 5:00 pm – Online via Zoom - with Ann M. Renker, PhD 
Brain Updates – Birth through Childhood

Building on the information from last summer’s Child Brain 101, this session offers updated information on the developing brain from birth to late childhood. Of particular note is the information about therapies which can reverse extreme brain deprivation, such as the Neurosequential Model of Therapy (NMT) developed by Dr. Bruce Perry. Time will also be devoted to the research addressing the formation of memories and the variability in this process without necessary brain architecture supports. Certificates available and 2 STARS hours are approved. $30 per person.

Brown Paper Tickets Registration Link  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4641831 You will receive the Zoom Link after registration. 

August 6, 2020 – 3:00 to 5:00 pm – Online via Zoom - with Ann M. Renker, PhD
Brain Updates – Adolescence

Building on the information from last summer’s Teen Brain 101, this session offers updated information on the developing brain from adolescence to adulthood. Of particular note is the information about therapies which can reverse extreme brain deprivation, such as the Neurosequential Model of Therapy (NMT) developed by Dr. Bruce Perry. Particular attention will be focused on using brain research to break cycles of trauma that need to be addressed before teenagers have children of their own. Certificates available and 2 STARS hours are approved. $30 per person. 

Brown Paper Tickets Registration Link https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4653057 You will receive the Zoom Link after registration. 

Community Help for Families Impacted by COVID-19


Listen to interview here!

PW! will partner with Lisa Lyon from Lutheran community Services on the next KONP Todd Ortloff show on Monday, May 4 at 1:05 pm

The focus will be on describing community help for families significantly impacted by Covid-19.

Questions can be emailed to www.pw4kids.org 

Parents: Stay Sane While Kids Stay Home and Stay Safe

 A recording of this show can be found here!

KONP and Prevention Works! together will offer a radio sharing time to deal with some of the social and emotional questions parents, grandparents and other caregivers have about children in this COVID-19 caused pause in our society.  On Thursday, April 23rd KONP’s Todd Ortloff’s 1:05 PM radio show will feature two local psychologists available to answer parenting concerns. 

Rachel Hardies MA, LMHC, of New Growth Counseling, and Mary Wegmann, PhD local psychologist, now retired will be on air with Todd Ortloff to answer questions emailed earlier from parents, grandparents and other caregivers about their children and themselves during this time of social physical distancing.  Questions must be sent ahead of Thursday’s program to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Emailed questions will be compiled by PW!  Your name will not be used unless you give consent.  

Resources seem less available with playgrounds, churches and schools closed.  Tune in to local radio KONP for Ortloff’s long standing community talk show as Ms. Hardies and Dr. Wegmann offer short answers and suggest helpful resources!

Are you wondering if Stella’s worries about COVID-19 is normal for a 5 year old?  Does Louie’s 28th question that day asking why he cannot go to school push you over the edge?  Is increased “Tween Screen Time” worrying you?   Are all the protective masks frightening your child?  As families are home with young children day in and day out, questions about our children may become worrisome.

Remember to email your questions ahead to the above address.  If this first show is successful there are more professionals willing to help KONP offer expertise addressing family success with children at staying home, staying safe and staying sane!

Family Friday April 17, 2020

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers. Share pictures and stories about your family on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #woyc20. 

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   Parents and families are children’s first teachers. Family Friday focuses on engaging families to support our youngest learners.

   During this time families are spending more time together. Schedules have slowed down and the rushing to the next event is       not necessary. This is a good time to really get to know your kids. Listen to them, let them lead the activities of the day - ask   them what they would like to do. You may never have this chance again for this special time together.

  Learning is important, but spending time with your children learning about them and sharing your family stories is more   important than academics right now.... maybe they could illustrate the family stories!

  Below you will find some ideas... they don't need to be done today.... we have time to really enjoy. 

Artsy Thursday April 16, 2020

thursday 041620Think, problem solve, create! Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials—from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share photos of your children’s creations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #woyc20.

Find ways to display your classroom’s art projects for the community to see, and while you have their attention, educate them about the importance of high-quality early childhood education. Here are some suggestions to get started:

  • Set up a gallery at a local business or public library to share your classroom art creations.
  • Check out how one center set up an exhibition last year in their student center.
  • Create a digital gallery on social media or on your program’s website. Share using the hashtag #woyc20. 
  • Create a print book to share with the community. Tip: Sell the book for fundraising for art supplies!
  • While we are staying at home, put your child’s artwork in your front windows for the neighborhood to see and maybe even challenge others to do the same so they can view each other’s art as they do their neighborhood walks.