CCDF Hearing and June STARS Trainings for You

All of our trainings will continue to take place as live, online sessions via Zoom video conferencing. If you would like assistance registering for classes or have questions about Zoom, please contact Program Assistant Sue Duncan at or (360) 603-6179 from 8 am – 3 pm Monday – Friday.

Featured Trainings

Introduction to Best Practices – Math and Science
June 9, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jaime Thompson
STARS: 2.5

This session of the Best Practice Series introduces best practices for engaging math and science learning in early childhood settings. Participants will explore what the research says about early math and science experiences, and how enriching materials and quality adult-child interactions can support math and science development throughout the day. This can ensure that children will gain the foundational skills and dispositions that will support their future success.
Inspiring Peak Performance: Competence, Commitment, and Collaboration Series
June 16, 2021
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Julie Wasilewski and Jamie Ashton

Imagine what your program would look like if it were a true professional learning community—a place where teachers see each new day as an opportunity to expand their competence and confidence and support one another in moving toward a shared vision of program excellence. This workshop presents five strategies, including developmental supervision, teacher induction, individual learning plans, peer learning teams, and 360-degree feedback, that together will help you build teacher competence, strengthen staff commitment, and expand opportunities for collaboration to make that vision come alive.

*Register soon! Registration closes June 9.
Mindful Touch and Gesture with Infants and Toddlers
June 23, 2021
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jordyn Laughlin and Esther Iles

Through the use of our hands, we not only feed, dress, and play with infants and toddlers, but also communicate care, security, and safety. Non-verbal communication like touch and gesture is powerful in supporting a child’s participation, independence, and cooperation. During current times with mask-wearing, this communication is especially vital for teachers to convey to children that they are accepted for who they are and have a voice and place in the world around them.

Employment Opportunity

Skagit County Bilingual Family Resource Navigator | WithinReach

Job Description

The Family Resource Navigator serves as the first point of contact for Skagit County families seeking information about local resources and help accessing public benefits programs. The Family Resource Navigator supports pregnant families and families with young children through 6 years old. The Family Resource Navigator serves as a conduit between families and resources via WithinReach’s Help Me Grow Washington Hotline. The Family Resource Navigator will be trained by WithinReach staff on telephone casework, early childhood subjects, relevant early childhood systems of care, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, data collection, and best practices for resource navigation.

Location: Burlington, WA

Status: Full-Time

Washington Update: President’s Budget Calls for Extending WIC Benefit Increase

On Friday, the White House released the President’s Budget for the fiscal year 2022. The President’s Budget is an annual proposal that starts the appropriations process in Congress. That process then determines funding levels for federal programs and services. This year, the President’s Budget called for a 16% increase in funding for domestic programs, including a total of $27.9 billion for USDA programs.The President’s Budget builds on investments in the American Rescue Plan Act, seeking to extend the four months of enhanced WIC benefits for fruits and vegetables for an entire year through September 2022. Although overall funding levels will remain consistent with the fiscal year 2021 at $6 billion, the White House calls for an end to recalling funding that could not previously be spent down due to the limited value of the food package. The proposed extension of elevated WIC benefits results in a $1.2 billion increase in WIC funding, ensuring that women and children on the program continue to have $35 per month for fruits and vegetables – more than triple the initial value!The President’s Budget also details USDA plans to advance a regulatory review that will bring the food packages further into alignment with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). NWA has championed the food package review as an opportunity to double the value and sustain investments from the American Rescue Plan Act, bringing participating women, infants, and children closer to these nutrition recommendations. Both NWA’s vision and the American Rescue Plan Act’s increase of WIC’s fruit and vegetable voucher reflect the thorough scientific basis for the food package presented in the 2017 review by an independent panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).In addition to these crucial nutrition investments, the President’s Budget calls for two additional WIC investments – $100 million to replenish ongoing funding for WIC Management Information Systems and $200 million to support the contingency fund. This will ensure that USDA can support state needs should program costs or participation exceed budget estimates. The Budget would also earmark additional funding for WIC research and program innovation, building USDA capacity to support work, streamlining access to WIC, and creating a more participant-centered service-delivery model.The Budget also included a $3 million increase in the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), a 14% increase from 2021. With additional funding, states could expand the WIC FMNP and new states could establish programs. After a similar increase in the fiscal year 2021, states could create new programs for the first time since the FMNP’s start in 1992.If you have any questions about the President’s Budget, please reach out to Senior Public Policy Counsel Brian Dittmeier at or State Public Policy Associate Noora Kanfash at response, Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of NWA, issued the following statement:This budget demonstrates that the Biden Administration is solidly committed to building a healthier nation and rooting out nutrition insecurity, especially for children. By investing an additional $1.2 billion in WIC’s proven public health efforts, the Biden White House is smartly tackling the high health care costs associated with chronic diet-related conditions while also promoting new and stronger markets for producers.Plainly said, increased access to fruits and vegetables leads to healthier kids. We look forward to working with Congress and USDA to extend this popular increase in WIC benefits and ensure that WIC program participants continue to access the nutritious foods necessary for healthy growth and development.
Take Action! Tell Congress You Support Extending the WIC Benefit IncreasesThe President’s Budget makes bold proposals to extend the increased Cash Value Benefit (CVB) for WIC families through September 2022 – an entire year of additional fruits and vegetables! But it won’t happen unless Congress approves the new funding.Reach out to your Congress members and tell them why you support higher WIC funding, like the extended CVB increase and ongoing MIS funding. Let your representative know where you stand!

BUILD 2021 Virtual Conference

The BUILD Initiative is thrilled to open registration for our annual conference, BUILD 2021: Reinvent Early Care and Education Quality Improvement to Advance Racial Equity. Join us virtually on July 19 for one of seven pre-conference sessions, and July 20 – 22 for more than 30 learning sessions, a conversation with Ibram X. Kendi, a closing plenary featuring Anna Deaveare Smith, networking opportunities, and opportunities to engage with conference sponsors. 
About Ibram X. Kendi 
Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist scholars. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books. Dr. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. He is also the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University.Dr. Kendi is a contributor at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. He is the host of Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi, a new podcast launching on June 9 with Pushkin Industries and iHeartMedia. In 2020, TIME Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Read moreAbout Anna Deaveare Smith
Anna Deavere Smith is an actress, playwright, teacher, and author who is credited with creating a new form of theater. Her most recent original work, Notes from the Field, looks at the vulnerability of youth, the criminal justice system, and contemporary activism. The New York Times named the stage version among the best theater of 2016 and TIME Magazine called it one of the top 10 plays of the year. In February 2018, HBO premiered the film version, which was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award. Her television and movie credits include such shows as Shonda Rhimes’s new project,  ABC’s series For the People and Blackish. She also co-starred on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and was featured on the long running series, The West Wing. Her films include The American PresidentRachel Getting MarriedPhiladelphia, Dave, Rent, and Human StainRead more

About the Conference
For a vast majority of families, some form of child care is an economic necessity while parents and caregivers work or attend school. In addition to the economic advantages, research demonstrates that young children experience both short- and long-term benefits from high-quality early care and education. Four pivotal studies of early childhood programs, all serving primarily Black children from families with low incomes, demonstrate the importance of high-quality early experiences for lifelong educational, developmental, and economic gains. But the programs in these studies had important attributes—especially related to the comprehensiveness of services provided—that are not prevalent in early care and education today. Learn more about BUILD 2021

Pre-Conference Sessions 
Pre-conference sessions will be held on July 19. These sessions last two to three hours and provide an opportunity to take a deeper dive into the topics with a smaller audience. Space is limited. To register for a pre-conference, make sure you select the ticket with the pre-conference add-on ($475 total) and select your session during registration. Registration 
Register before June 11 to take advantage of the early bird rate of $350. After June 11, the rate increases to $450. You must register for pre-conference sessions at the same time you register for the general conference. 

New Publications: Spanish-Language Tips for Coping with Disaster

New Publications: June 2, 2021
Tips for Survivors of a Pandemic: Managing Stress (Spanish Version) – Consejos para sobrevivientes de una pandemia: Control del estrés
This tip sheet describes some of the common reactions to pandemics and other disasters and suggests ways to deal with them. It also covers financial stress, signs to seek professional mental health help, and lists sources of help and support.Esta hoja de consejos describe algunas de las reacciones frecuentes a las pandemias y otras catástrofes y sugiere formas de afrontarlas. También cubre el estrés financiero, los indicios de que debe buscar ayuda profesional en salud mental y enumera fuentes de ayuda y apoyo.
Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Dealing with Re-traumatization (Spanish Version) – Consejos para sobrevivientes de un desastre u otro acontecimiento traumático: Cómo enfrentar la re-traumatización
Re-traumatization is when stress reactions experienced as a result of a previous traumatic event are relived when faced with a new similar incident. However, as time passes, many people do not realize that the stress they are feeling is related to the previous traumatic experience.La re-traumatización es cuando se reviven las reacciones de estrés experimentadas como resultado de un acontecimiento traumático anterior al enfrentarse a un nuevo incidente similar. Sin embargo, al transcurrir el tiempo, muchas personas no se dan cuenta de que el estrés que están sintiendo está relacionado con la experiencia traumática anterior.
Tips for Healthcare Professionals: Coping with Stress and Compassion Fatigue (Spanish version) – Consejos para profesionales de la salud: Cómo enfrentar el estrés y la fatiga por compasión
This tip sheet explores stress and compassion fatigue, as well as signs of distress after a disaster. It identifies ways to cope and enhance resilience, along with resources for more information and support.Esta hoja de consejos examina el estrés y la fatiga por compasión, así como los signos de angustia después de una catástrofe. Se identifican formas de abordar la situación y aumentar la resiliencia, junto con recursos para obtener más información y apoyo.

CDC partners with Vroom for Milestones Matter

CDC is using a Vroom tip on their Milestones Matter poster Milestones Matter with CDC and Vroom! This new poster from CDC and Vroom shares the importance of tracking your child’s development and using brain building tips to add learning to everyday moments. 

CDC offers more free materials available at

Vroom has lots of great tips, for children from birth to age 5, that support parents/caregivers with many positive ways to bring brain building into everyday moments!

Employment Opportunity

Bilingual (Spanish-English) Community Manager | Committee for Children

Job Description

Committee for Children is partnering with NurturePA, a community nonprofit that combines technology with volunteer mentors to help new moms access information and parenting support. Committee for Children is adapting this program in the greater Seattle area as we develop a plan to scale it nationwide.

As the Bilingual (Spanish-English) Community Manager, you will be responsible for building a community of volunteer mentor parents who will support new parents through the transition into parenthood. This role is for an exceptional community organizer who can work with our team to bring an innovative program to national scale.

The Bilingual (Spanish-English) Community Manager will help develop the community of volunteer mentor parents to better serve Spanish-speaking parents, a critical component of this innovative program. In addition, the Bilingual (Spanish-English) Community Manager will apply a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to all aspects of their work.

Location: Seattle, WA (remote)

Status: Full-Time

Employment Opportunity

Community Support Worker (Bilingual) | Youthnet

Job Description

The Community Support Worker for the “El Sol Nace para Todos” program is responsible for providing an array of support, education, information, administrative, resources, and related community-based services to Hispanic families and children. This service is provided in ways that are linguistically and culturally appropriate to the population served and the position requires fluency in Spanish and English. The program aims to strengthen families and individuals and assist them with the development of self-confidence and motivate them to solve daily challenges in their lives. Participants are provided with knowledge of parenting skills, child development, socio-emotional skills, language and communication tools, health and well-being support and more.

Location: Mount Vernon, WA

Status: Full-Time

Free Early Math Training

We are very pleased to invite you to a Free Math Anywhere training series via Zoom beginning on June 4th!
About Math Anywhere!: Established in 2017, Math Anywhere! is a community-based project in Washington which aims to build positive math experiences outside of school. We think:
math can be playful
interesting math-y ideas to explore exist all around us, wherever we go
anytime is a good time to chat about math
everyone has important math thinking to share
Math Anywhere has been working to create place-based media and visiting with children and their grown-ups in different community spaces to share our ideas. This training series will broaden how you think about math and inspire you to play with math in the places you visit every day. 
Training Series Dates:  Register for some or all (Session 1 required for Sessions 2-4)
June 4th – Session 1: Math Anywhere! Invite Math Play into Every Day
June 11th- Session 2: How Many? Noticing and Talking about Quantity
June 18th– Find Shapes: Exploring Geometry in our Landscape
June 25th– Same or Different? Yes!

All sessions will be held from 9-11am.

Intended Audience: Early Learning Professionals (Librarians, Home Visitors, Child Care Providers, etc), Parents, and anyone who is interested in having fun with children!

Follow-up sessions on Mathemetizing Spaces: August 27, October 15, Nov 19- designed for folks who complete or have completed the above Math Anywhere sessions

Instructor: Molly Daley, Math Coordinator at ESD 112 

Sponsored By: Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition

Funded By: Washington STEM

Questions? Contact Kendall Appell at