Mission: Prevention Works! is a community coalition that promotes positive childhoods in Clallam County
PW! Update April 11, 2021
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APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
8 Things Every Child Needs to Thrive
Positive Role Models
APRIL 10-16 WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD
NAEYC invites you to celebrate and shine a spotlight on your classroom, advocacy, and family engagement activities via our social channels. We can't wait to see all the creative ways you recognize the importance of community and give hope to our children during what are uneasy times.
Again this year, NAEYC asks its members, centers, higher ed programs, and everyone else in the early education community to Step It Up (SIU)during WOYC®. We've kept the same daily themes, but we challenged YOU to expand them! Congratulations on spreading the word about the importance of high-quality early learning, and the critical role early childhood educators play in a child’s development and learning.
Children learn so much as they enjoy music, explore food and cooking, build together, create art, and celebrate their families! We hope you continue to be inspired by the activities below.
Perinatal Mental Health, Trauma Informed Care & Resilience for New Parents
Dates: Tuesday, April 13th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Trainer: Heidi Koss, LMHC
This one day training will provide an overview of perinatal mental health with a focus on trauma and trauma informed care. This training is open to anyone working with families during the perinatal period in Clallam or Jefferson Counties.
COVID & Perinatal Mental Health.
Trauma Informed Care.
Supporting ourselves and our clients through resilience building.
Community Discussion led by Clallam County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force.
6.5 CEUs approved for LICSW, LMHC, LMFT.
6.5 Contact Hours approved for RNs.
This Program has been approved for 6.5 CEUs for Licensed Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists by the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Work.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17084 for 6.5 contact hours.
This free training is available to those living in or serving Clallam or Jefferson Counties and is offered by Perinatal Support WA through a grant from Strengthening Families Washington at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).
Celebrating Differences: Antiracist Parenting Right From the Start
By Rebecca Parlakian
Parents wonder how to raise children who will stand up against racism. We begin that conversation here.
There’s a lot to learn as a new parent. What size diapers are right? How will they learn to sleep through the night? When will they learn to share? And the most important thing of all—how do you raise a child who understands right and wrong, justice and injustice?
When you think of your baby or toddler, it may seem like they’re too young for issues like antiracism, justice, and equity. But race is part of a child’s life from day one. Here is a place to start—five facts about how children come to understand differences, starting from birth:
1. All children notice differences. This ability starts from a very young age—as young as 3 months old.i As children grow, they notice a wide range of differences, including skin color, facial features, voice, hair color/texture/length, use of assistive equipment like a wheelchair, etc. Children notice and name these differences as a necessary and expected part of development.
2. It’s not okay to use differences as an excuse to stereotype others. Our race and ethnicity are part of who we are and give us a sense of pride and belonging. But it’s important to know that race is more of an idea than an actual thing. This idea of race has been used, across history, to grant unfair privilege to some groups and cause harm to others.
3. Racism is learned. Our kids are learning from us all the time, even when we think they aren’t watching. We all have biases (ideas about other groups) and these ideas are passed along to our children through everyday interactions. Parents’ attitudes about race are reflected in children’s attitudes about race, beginning in early childhood.ii
4. Racial bias starts early, between ages 2 and 4.iii Soon after, preschoolers between 3 and 5 may use race as a reason to include or exclude children from play and other activities.iv (Watch hereoffsite link and hereoffsite link for research on school-age children that explores how children can develop bias based on skin color.)
5. Diversity makes a difference. Attending a diverse preschool and building cross-race friendships increases the chance that children will enjoy cross-race friendships and show less racial bias when they enter school—all the way through third grade.v On the other hand, research has found that white children in mostly white preschools show more stereotypes of other racial groups.vi
Talking to our children about antiracism is part of our responsibility as parents. But this path forward isn’t always easy. It can be hard to recognize our own biases toward other groups. Re-thinking our own views on race may mean that relationships with family or friends change in big or painful ways. Reaching out for support can help us do this hard and necessary work.
The Youth Development Program Executive is responsible for the overall leadership of childcare and youth development programs provided by the Olympic Peninsula YMCA. This position oversees the development, implementation, and administration of high-quality youth development and childcare programs including supervision, compliance, budgeting, community relationships, collaborations, and long-range planning. The Youth Development Program Executive will oversee the operations of licensed child care, youth enrichment programs, break camps, summer day camps, and overnight camps.
OlyCAPEarly Childhood Services is now accepting applications from candidates seeking to be a Teacher Assistant in Clallam County. This is a full-time position with benefits.
The Teacher Assistant is responsible for assisting the Teacher in the implementation of the education plan into daily classroom operations and parent involvement activities. In the absence of the Teacher, the Teacher Assistant is responsible for assuming responsibility for classroom management and the education plan. For full job description, go to www.olycap.org and click on employment section under "Get Involved" tab.
Madrona Children’s Academy
They have 2 new positions to fill- If you are passionate about Early Childhood Education and want to support our communities families in guiding and teaching children contact us today! Positive and supportive work environment, Excellent/competitive pay, Full time or part time ** Willing to train the right candidate **
Looking for a Child Care Teacher. We inspire children to be lifelong learners! Through our play-based curriculum, our affectionate and loving staff ensures that our children are imparted with knowledge to succeed.
Call (360) 477-4775 for information.
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