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

PREVENTION WORKS!

We are a community coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County.

Our vision is that all children of Clallam County will thrive.

Prevention Works! Face Mask Order

Limited # of Face Masks are still available!!! Get one or more before they are gone!

Here is our Board Past Chair Mary Wegmann modeling her awesome mask!

PW Mask 2020

Prevention Works! Mask Order Form

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Masks are $10 each.  Please send your mask order request  to info@pw4kids.org

 

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. Check their website links: Calendar for current events.

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 info@firstteacher.org.
Get information about more parent zoom events and a link to access the Zoom meetings on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FirstTeacherPMF.

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

August 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.

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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 info@pw4kids.org     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!

Child Care Crisis

PW! Child Care Task Force Goals:

1) Have three mentors with capacity to take a total of 6 students in Clallam County

2) Inform public about Child Care Crisis and need for Child Care Centers and well-trained workers

3) Support the development of a 24/7 child care center in Clallam County

Licensed Child Care search:

Child Care Check

Child Care Check is a search tool for you to get information about individual child care providers and early learning programs in Washington. https://www.findchildcarewa.org/

Are you interested in becoming a Licensed Child Care Provider? Check out this resource: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-childcare/early-achievers

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Building Resilience Against Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Strategies for Success

October 5 at Jamestown Campus’ Red Cedar Hall from 9 AM to noon.

Dr. Marya (“Mary-ah”) Barey, Seattle Psychologist, teacher, mental health supervisor and author, will define Compassion Fatigue, indicate prevention activities for caregivers and increase awareness of personal & professional consequences of Compassion Fatigue.  Dr. Barey will offer effective strategies to prevent and counteract symptoms professional caregivers may experience over time.

Flyer: Building Resilience Against Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Register at: https://pw4kids.brownpapertickets.com/

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8 Things Every Child Needs to Thrive

Security

Stability

Consistency

Emotional Support

Love

Education

Positive Role Models

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN WORKING IN CHILD CARE?

PW! IS INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING YOU! 

ALL CHILD CARE WORKERS WILL NEED:

  • TB TEST
  • BACKGROUND CHECK
  • FIRST AID/CPR
  • CURRENT MMR VACCINATION
  • BLOOD BORNE PATHOGEN TRAINING
  • FOOD HANDLER’S PERMIT

FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME PROVIDERS                      

OWNER:

  •    HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
  •    ATTEND LICENSING ORIENTATION
  •    COMPLETE LICENSING APPLICATION
  •    INITIAL CERTIFICATE (12 ECE CREDITS WITHIN 5 YEARS OF OPENING)

ASSISTANT TEACHER:

  •    HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
  •    INITIAL CERTIFICATE (12 ECE CREDITS
  •    WITHIN 5 YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT)          

CHILD CARE CENTER PROVIDERS

LEAD TEACHER:

  • HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
  • INITIAL CERTIFICATE (12 ECE CREDITS WITHIN 5 YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT)

ASSISTANT TEACHER:

  • HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA
  • INITIAL CERTIFICATE (12 ECE CREDITS WITHIN 5 YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR BECOMING A CHILD CARE PROVIDER:

Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF):

Staff Qualifications

 https://dcyf.wa.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/Staff_Qualifications.pdf

 https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/news/child-care-and-early-learning-licensing-guidebook

Child Care Licensor:  Denise Huff  360.460.0664 https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/find-an-office/el-offices

The Imagine Institute: mentoring, financial assistance and internships for Family Child Care Homes  https://imaginewa.org/

Providers-local mentors:

Marion Hedin mjbhedin@yahoo.com

Nikki Tomason  ntomason@gmail.com

Peninsula College Early Childhood: training, certificates, and possible financial assistance- Anna King AKing@pencol.edu

Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship: www.cie-nw.org

Prevention Works Information: Laura Brogden info@pw4kids.org

HOME BOUND ACTIVITIES

Check out our list of activities for children and youth affected by school closures due to COVID-19.

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