Family Palooza To-Go!

You are invited to participate in the spring Family Palooza event: Family Palooza To Go! On May 8, Family Palooza will partner with Skagit Kids Read Week to share information with families about all the many resources available in our community. Although Skagit Kids Read Week will host a live event in the parking lot at Fashion Place Mall, we understand that your organization may not be prepared to participate in a live event. So we are offering Family Palooza To Go, here is what it will look like:

  1. We are inviting organizations to contribute a flyer about a program, a service, or just a general overview of services provided. We encourage you to provide the flyer in English and Spanish. Consider providing 100-200 flyers.
  1. Make it fun! Remember a million years ago when we used to do Family Palooza in person and organizations were encouraged to contribute a give away for the kids? Consider adding a small giveway to your flyer – crayons, silly putty, books, small toys, etc. These small tokens add a special touch!
  1. Drop off your flyer to United General District 304 WIC office – 2031 Hospital Dr, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 between 9-3pm Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. Flyers are due to UGD 304 on MAY 3.
  1. Once we have all the flyers and giveaways gathered, we will place them in a bag with a QR code sticker on the front that directs families to to learn more.
  1. Family Palooza To Go bags will be distributed to families (one per family) during the Skagit Kids Read Week event on May 8 in the parking lot at the Children’s Museum of Skagit County.

3rd Annual Fatherhood Summit


3rd Annual Washington Fatherhood Summit –  Resilient Dads: Fathering in Challenging Times

Join us on: March 16-18, 2021. 8:30 am -12:00 pm and, optional virtual lunch 12:00 pm -1:00 pm PT 

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! 

Keynote speaker

Featured Speakers:

3/16: Corey Best 

3/17: Fatherhood Panel  

3/18: Kevin Bremond, Co-Founder Alameda County Fatherhood Corps 

For 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.    

Tell us your opinion! Give us the dad perspective of the Vroom app by participating in a focus group of fathers with children under the age of 5. March17th, 12:10 pm -1:00 pm PDT. To volunteer, sign up during your registration on Eventbrite

Virtual Meet & Greet!

Calling all professionals who work with children & families in Skagit County!

Please join us for our VIRTUAL Meet & Greet.  This is an opportunity to meet other people from family-serving organizations throughout Skagit County.  

The Meet & Greet is a structured event that will allow each participant to share a brief overview (2-3 minutes) of your organization and programs. 
Sharing will happen in Zoom breakout room that will rotate several times throughout the event to maximize sharing.  
There is no cost for this event, but please register so we can send you the Zoom link. 
Feel free to share with others!
 Register Now!
Because this is a structured event, please make sure to join the Zoom call right at 8:30!
The Children’s Council of Skagit County and United General #304 are very pleased to invite you to a Free PAINT TO LEARN “Train the Trainer” class via Zoom on Monday 9/28/20 9-11:00 a.m.!
Paint to Learn is an early math and family engagement program designed to increase the math readiness skills of children ages 2 to 5 by exploring everyday activities, like painting. The Paint to Learn curricula uses paint activities to explore shapes, numbers, and patterns to help young learners gain the skills needed to be Kindergarten ready in math!
Paint to Learn Train the Trainer will provide you with the knowledge, skills and tools to share Paint to Learn through Light-Touch and In-Depth strategies:Light Touch: distributing info via electronic media/social platforms, newsletters, videos, and sharing with colleaguesIn Depth: sharing curricula remotely or in-person with Early Learning Professionals, hosting remote events with parents and caregivers, and sharing during home visits.
STARS and Clock Hours will be available!
Become a Paint to Learn Trained Facilitator Register Now (class limited to first 20).‌REGISTER
Intended Audience: Early Learning Professionals (Librarians, Home Visitors, Child Care Providers, etc.), STEM Advocates, and anyone who is interested in helping children be Kindergarten ready!
Provided Free to Attendees: After attending this class we will mail you a hard-copy set of curricula (Shapes, Patterns, and Numbers) along with the corresponding storybooks (I Have a Paintbrush, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, and Round is a Tortilla). Please make sure to register with your current mailing address!
Expected Commitment: We will conduct a survey by December 15, 2020 regarding the number of Light-Touch and In-Depth contacts you have been able to make. Sharing with colleagues, email sharing, and sharing remotely or in-person are all acceptable during this pandemic. We just want to encourage you to share information about this exciting program!

Sponsored By: Children’s Council of Skagit County and Funded By: Washington STEM

Vroom STEM Training

We are very pleased to invite you to a Free introductory VROOM training via Zoom (online) Select Either Tuesday August 4 OR Thursday August 6both offered from 9 – 10:30 a.m.Each class is limited to 12 participants! Intended Audience: Early Learning Professionals (Librarians, Home Visitors, Child Care Providers, etc.) and anyone who is interested in Brain Building with Children! This class will focus on Vroom’s STEM tips. Vroom is a science based set of tools and resources that empower parents and caregivers to be brain builders. Vroom was built on research funded by the Bezos Family Foundation. The Vroom approach is designed with thoughtful input from leaders in the fields of neuroscience, child development, and behavior economics, combined with the wisdom and input from parents and caregivers across the county! Vroom consists of a series of over 1,000 brain-building activities that can be accessed in English and Spanish via a free Smartphone app, texting or online resources. There are tip collections for Math, Science, Working With Others, Literacy and more!
In this training you will learn about Vroom and the principles and concepts behind their resources.How to access Vroom resources and materials.Developing a personalized plan for Vroom activation.
‌REGISTERRegister now for either one of these FREE Vroom Classes!
Instructor: Susan Goss, Program Coordinator, United General District 304
Sponsored By: WA STEM and the Children’s Council of Skagit County

Math Anywhere – Online Series

The Children’s Council of Skagit County and Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition are offering the opportunity to become trained in Math Anywhere!

STARS hours & Clock Hours now available!

These are online classes via Zoom. You do not need a Zoom account to participate.

Each session will be offered twice – once in the morning from 9:00 -11:00am and once in the afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00pm. You can choose which time works best for you. Session 1 is the overview of Math Anywhere and is a pre-requisite for the Session 2-4 deep dives. While the first sessions on June 9 provide an overview and are open to the first 100 people who register, the remaining deep dive sessions are limited to 30 participants each. Participating in one or more of the deep dive sessions on June 16, 23 or 30, requires a commitment to provide one or more sessions using what you learn and the materials we will provide to you after the session. These train-the-trainer sessions will allow you to conduct learning groups with children and adults, virtually or in person. We will ask you to report back to us by December 15, 2020 about the number of sessions provided and the number of adults and/or children who participated. Training colleagues, parents and other care givers, or providing learning opportunities for children are acceptable. More information regarding this commitment will be given in the deep dive sessions.

Registration: There are two separate registration processes. The first is for Session 1 (overview). The second registration process lets you select which deep-dive (sessions 2-4) sessions to attend. Although it is encouraged, you do not have to participate in each deep dive session. When registering, if the session option is not showing, that means it is full. Session options will be removed as soon as they hit maximum capacity.

Session 1 Register HERE

Sessions 2-4 Register HERE

Session 1: Math Anywhere! Invite Math Play into Every Day
Date: June 9th
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 100 in each AM and PM session

Description: Is “playful” the first word that comes to mind for you when you think of mathematics? Many of us experienced math as the opposite of playful, but in reality there is a vital connection between play and math learning. This session will provide an overview of the Math Anywhere! strategies for inviting math thinking and talk into everyday situations and creating optimal conditions for mathematical play. We will have a little fun trying these ideas out ourselves and leave with resources to share with others.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  The relationship between play and mathematics
●  What can grownups do to foster math learning?
●  Math prompts. you can use anywhere

Deep Dive Sessions:

Session 2: How Many? Noticing and Talking about Quantity
Date: June 16th
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 30 in each AM and PM session

Description: This session will focus on Math Anywhere! activities designed to elicit conversations about quantity. Learn about the resources that inspired us and engage with some of the free resources we have created. We will uncover the important math thinking that happens when we engage in How Many? conversations or ask children to hunt for quantities. After trying a few activities out together, you will leave equipped and inspired to share these resources with others.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  What is quantity?
●  Prompts to inspire noticing quantity
●  What can grown-ups do to foster quantitative thinking

Session 3: Find Shapes: Exploring Geometry in our Landscapes
Date: June 23rd
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 30 in each AM and PM session

Description:This session will focus on Math Anywhere! activities designed to elicit conversations about shape. Math is all around us, but often goes unnoticed- especially by grown-ups who have learned to tune color and form and sound out in our environment, and focus our attention more narrowly. We will try some activities together and share resources for educators, caregivers, and families.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  Noticing what children notice
●  Prompts to inspire noticing shape
●  What can grown-ups do to foster thinking about shape

Session 4: Same or Different? Yes!
Date:June 30th
Times: 9:00-11:00 OR 1:00-3:00 (2 hr AM session repeated in PM)
Session Capacity: 30 in each AM and PM session

Description:Many people profess a love of math because it is “predictable” and there is always “one right answer.” But, inviting a little ambiguity into our questions creates space for multiple right answers and richer conversations. We will explore resources and strategies that can help grown-ups embrace ambiguity and enjoy the surprises childrens’ thinking can hold.
●  Welcome and Introductions
●  Attributes and mathematical actions
●  Rethinking right answers
●  What can grown-ups do to foster comparing and sorting