The Summer Reading Program includes a Reading Challenge with incentives like earning a free T-shirt, chances to win awesome prizes, an activity game to help you learn and discover, and virtual events for all ages! Read More
Paper Magic Tricks is a collection of simple, amazing magic tricks that you can learn, make, and perform with nothing more than printed paper, scissors, and glue. Recommended for ages 8 and up, but these tricks aren’t just for kids. Adults will also be creatively challenged! Registration required. Read More
Draw and chat with New York Times bestselling author and artist Kazu Kibuishi. Take a brief virtual tour of his studio, learn about current projects, and see a drawing and painting demonstration. Read More
Pick up a Take & Make Paper Lantern kit at any NOLS location, beginning Monday August 2. Assemble it, and then decorate any way you choose for a fun colorful activity to do with the family. Light up the night with color! Read More
50+ eBooks and eAudiobooks for kids, teens, and teachers are now available with no waiting through the OverDrive Social and Emotional Learning collection. These materials are always available for checkout, no holds needed! Read More
Buffering Toxic Stress
As a primary care provider, promoting strong parent-child relationships and positive parenting behaviors is critical to your role. Research tells us that a child's early experiences, and the environment in which they are raised, dramatically affect how the brain, and thus the child, develops.
An environment where the child is exposed to chronic adversity, such as neglect or violence, can cause a damaging stress response in the child. Toxic stress is the prolonged activation of stress response systems in the absence of protective relationships . That stress can affect developing neurons, and actually alter the expression of genes, modifying a child's development and health in profound ways that increase risk of illness, disease, and other negative outcomes.
However, toxic stress doesn't have to stay toxic. Studies show that safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs) buffer the harmful effects of early stress by mitigating a child's stress response, allowing for healthier brain development  as well as better long term physical and mental health outcomes.
By promoting a strong parent-child relationship during well-child visits, you have a unique opportunity to prevent toxic stress. At every visit, you can remind families that the relationship they have with their child can help their child's brain development and prepare them take on challenges throughout their lives.
Several years ago, the Lummi Tribal Council told Diana Phair, the executive director of the tribe's Housing Authority: "We have 200-some children in foster care. We need to bring our children home."
What would it take, Phair next asked tribal members of the nation that sits on Washington's Pacific coast near Canada, to keep their families healthy and whole, and far from the risk of being separated by child welfare authorities?
With their input, she and her colleagues devised Sche'lang'en Village, a novel housing arrangement for parents seeking to reunite with their children in foster care, homeless families, those overcoming addictions and women fleeing domestic violence. The sliding scale, low-cost, drug- and alcohol-free housing project, would be infused with social services, allow for indefinite stays and have a stated and intentional purpose: To preserve and protect Native American families by providing an opportunity for families to make transformational life changes.