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

Meet & Greet

Register HERE (free event, but registration requested)

Calling all professionals who work with children & families in Skagit County!Please join us for our winter 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 small groups that will rotate several times throughout the event to maximize sharing.  There will be unstructured time at the end to follow up or meet others.
Please bring handouts and business cards to share.
There is no cost for this event, but please register so we can plan for the appropriate number of participants. Feel free to share with others!

March 27th 9:00 – 11:00am

Mount Vernon Seventh-Day Adventist Church
4520 E College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

The Power and Science of HOPE

Register HERE $20 registration fee*

March 20, 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm | Best Western Convention Center

Hope is real, hope is measurable, and hope is malleable.  People who demonstrate higher hope report less substance use and experience less anxiety and depression. 
Dr. Hellman will explore how motivation and pathways are keys to achieving goals and experiencing a better life. Come learn how to apply the science of hope to your life and your work!

About the Presenter: Chan M. Hellman is a professor of social work at the University of Oklahoma and Director of The Hope Research Center. He has written more than 150 scientific publications and has presented at numerous national and international conferences worldwide. Chan’s research is focused on hope as a psychological strength helping children and adults overcome trauma and adversity. Chan is the co-author of the award winning book “Hope Rising: How the Science of Hope Can Change Your Life” with his co-author Casey Gwinn published by Morgan James.

*Fee waivers available. Contact Lyndie Simmonds at lyndie.simmonds@unitedgeneral.org

2020 Early Learning Summit


This year, the Early Learning Summit will give you the opportunity to learn about the programs, practices, and data that are most helpful for you at this time. Throughout the day, you will have choices about what sessions to attend based on your current needs and the needs of your students and their families. Breakout session topics may include Transitional Kindergarten Program Development, Supporting Young Dual Language in Learners, Using WaKids Data in Classrooms, Math Parties for Families with Young Children, and Social Emotional Learning in Early Learning Settings, among others. In the afternoon, teams will have the opportunity to do some reflection and planning for their own P-3 systems with the support of the Framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating P-3 Approaches (Kauerz & Coffman, 2013).  

Event Notes

Six STARS hours are available in addition to 6 clock hours.


NWESD Region 1601 R Avenue Anacortes WA 98221


  • Tue, March 3 2020 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Cost – $75.00


Foundations for Early Numeracy series

Foundations in Early Numeracy offers the opportunity to learn more deeply about how early numeracy is developed in young learners and the environments, activities, and routines that can help develop strong early numeracy in your classroom. We will focus on building early mathematical understanding while integrating science and engineering practices.  

The two-day Foundations in Early Numeracy series will take place on February 26th and April 30th.  Participation in the full course will qualify participants for 12 STEM clock hours.  For more information and registration, click here.

Location: NWESD

Fee: $25

DOH Overdose Response Training Video

The DOH Drug User Health Team  recently completed an overdose response training video: https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/DrugUserHealth/OverdoseandNaloxone/NaloxoneInstructions

The link can also be found in the body of the Statewide Standing Order to Dispense Naloxone.

The video is 6.5 minutes, and covers the basics of overdose recognition and response, including how to use the two most common forms of naloxone, the naloxone vial for intramuscular injection and the intransal Narcan® device.