Registration is now open for Devereux FLIP IT! Training

DCYF COVID-19 Updates
See the DCYF COVID-19 webpage for the latest news and information for child care, early learning, and other DCYF programs.  Learn more…

DCYF Training Modifications
In Response to COVID-19, DCYF has updated information related to professional development for early education teachers. Learn more…

Devereux FLIP IT!

This fall, we are pleased to offer another series featuring FLIP IT. The FLIP IT strategy applies research-based techniques proven to support social-emotional development and improve behaviors in children through a foundation of relationships, empathy, and understanding of trauma and toxic stress.
Participants will learn about the four steps: (F)eelings, (L)imits, (I)nquiry, and (P)rompts and practice using them in response to behaviors most prevalent in the classroom.

FLIP IT! Behavior Guidance Strategy
September 14, 21, and 28, 2021
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Trainer: Jaime Ruth
Marketing for Child Care: Showing Off Your Strengths! 
August 23, 2021 
1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Trainer: Josephine Escalante

Introduction to Best Practices: Routines and Transitions 
August 24, 2021 
6:30 pm–8:30 pm 
Trainer: Sue Duncan

Host Your Own Paint to Learn Event
September 9, 2021
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Trainers: Sue Duncan and Elyssa Yunker

FLIP IT! Behavior Guidance Strategy
September 14, 2021
6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Trainer: Jaime Ruth

Conscious Discipline Book Study
September 21, 2021
6:00 pm–7:30 pm
Trainers: Elyssa Yunker and Jordyn Laughlin
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 8:00 am–5:00 pm Monday–Friday.

Early Learning Fellows Applications

The 2021–22 Fellows’ Network Application(link is external) and 2021–22 Emeritus Fellows Interest Survey(link is external) are now open!

The Washington State Fellows’ Network(link is external), a three-year program, is a group of instructional leaders convened by the OSPI and the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) to support district and community implementation of state learning standards in mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), science, and the Early Learning Guidelines. All applicants are encouraged to consider a multi-year commitment to reap the full benefits of the program; prospective applicants who can commit to only one year may still participate. 

Fellows Resources

Emeritus Fellows

The Washington State Fellows’ Network has steadily grown since its inception in 2013 to include more content areas and instructional leaders. Fellows who have participated for more than three years “graduate” may elect to become Emeritus Fellows. Emeritus Fellows remain connected to the Fellows’ Network, with opportunities for leadership through local, regional, and/or state initiatives, should they so choose.

For further information visit

Employment Opportunities

Skagit/Islands Head Start Open Positions

You can find the following job openings here –

Fiscal Technician 3 Head Start

The Fiscal Technician 3 provides fiscal support using independent judgment in the interpretation and application of a variety of rules and procedures in the area of Accounts Payable.  This position handles a high volume of paper documents, verifying and matching payment documents, preparing payments and inputting data into the accounting system.  A meticulous, confident, detail-oriented self-starter with prior experience in accounts payable is desired.  Strong customer service skills will be essential in effectively working with vendors and staff at all levels of the College in resolving accounts payable items and related issues.
This is a 12-month, full-time, classified position working 40 hours per week at the main Head Start Center in Mount Vernon, WA.  This position reports to the Director.

Salary: $2,864.00 – $3,792.00 Monthly

Head Start Assistant Teacher

Skagit/Islands Head Start is anticipating openings for multiple Assistant Teacher ECPS2 positions at Head Start centers in Skagit and Island counties, including Burlington, Concrete, La Conner, Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, and Sedro Woolley.  Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families by providing comprehensive services in early learning, health, and family well-being. These positions provide high quality early learning services while engaging in innovative practices and approaches that center on the children that Head Start serves. Working under the guidance of the Lead Teacher, the Assistant Teacher positions ensure there is an engaging and safe classroom environment at all times. Head Start teachers and staff look at the child holistically, individualizing for the needs of each child. The Assistant Teacher will strive to create a warm, nurturing classroom environment, while building supportive relationships with the children and the team.

Salary: $2,864.00 – $3,792.00 Monthly

Head Start Center Manager & Family Advocate

Skagit/Islands Head Start (SIHS) is accepting applications for multiple anticipated vacancies for the positions of Center Manager (ECPS4) and Center Manager/Family Advocate (CM/FA) in Skagit County, including Burlington and Mount Vernon.  Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income and vulnerable families by providing comprehensive services in early learning, health, and family well-being. Head Start teachers and staff look at the child holistically, individualizing for the needs of each child.
Working in partnership with the Director and other leadership staff, the ECPS4 Center Manager & Center Manager/FA positions are key leadership roles that oversee, organize, execute, facilitate, and supervise the necessary functions of an individual Head Start site (referred to as Centers). The Center Manager is responsible for managing the day-to-day operation of the center while maintaining a quality educational learning program in accordance with applicable Head Start Performance Standards and SIHS Policies and Procedures at the Center level. The Center Manager maintains cordial relationships with staff, co-workers and community resource agencies. Center Managers are responsible for overseeing a center budget, monitoring inventory, and maintaining reports and applicable paperwork. The Center Manager functions as liaison and information conduit between the center, Director, Head Start Leadership at the Central Office, and community partners. The Center Manager may fill-in and support center teams, assisting with educational learning activities and instruction.

Salary: $3,887.00 – $5,229.00 Monthly

Head Start Teacher – Skagit & Islands Counties

Skagit/Islands Head Start is anticipating multiple vacancies for Teacher ECPS3 positions in Skagit and Island counties. Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families by providing comprehensive services in early learning, health, and family well-being. The primary responsibility of the Head Start Teacher is to plan and implement the educational program in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and Skagit/Islands Head Start Policies and Procedures. The incumbent will work with the Center Team, other Head Start staff, parents and school district staff in all aspects of center planning and activities. These positions will work under general direction of the Center Manager. The incumbent will work with the Center Manager regarding center program activities.

Salary: $3,294.00 – $4,398.00 Monthly

Head Start Teaching Assistant

Skagit/Islands Head Start is anticipating openings for multiple Teaching Assistant ECPS1 positions at Head Start centers in Skagit and Island counties, including Burlington, Concrete, Mount Vernon, Oak Harbor, and Sedro Woolley.  Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families by providing comprehensive services in early learning, health, and family well-being. Head Start teachers and staff look at the child holistically, individualizing for the needs of each child. These positions provide assistance with high quality early learning services while engaging in innovative practices and approaches that center on the children that Head Start serves. Working under supervision of the Lead Teacher, the Head Start Teaching Assistant positions ensure there is an engaging and safe classroom environment at all times. The Teaching Assistant will strive to create a warm, nurturing classroom environment, while building supportive relationships with the children and the team. We invite you to join a wonderful team of dedicated professionals, committed to preparing diverse children from low-income and eligible families for success in school and in life.

Salary: $2,509.00 – $3,294.00 Monthly

Register Now: Partnering to Make the Most of Child Development Supports

Registration is open for “Partnering to Make the Most of Child Development Supports.”

Webinar Date and Time: August 25, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Pacific Time.

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Help Me Grow,” “Learn the Signs. Act Early,” and “Vroom” all promote healthy child development and help lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being.  “Help Me Grow Washington” is a movement to offer families seamless access to community services and supports. “Learn the Signs. Act Early” provides an easy to use checklist of milestones for parents and caregivers to track and support their child’s early development through age 5. “Vroom” translates brain science into fun tips and activities for parents and caregivers of children age 0 to 5.

This webinar introduces “Help Me Grow,” “Learn the Signs. Act Early,” and “Vroom” and shows how they fit together and can reinforce each other. We will hear how they are being implemented in Washington communities and let you know how you can get started with all three, if they are new to you, or deepen your impact with them if you are already using them.

Who Should attend? Providers, partners and others who work in family support, including those who work directly with families of young children, administer programs, or work on systems improvement. 

Speakers Include:

  • Taylor Caragan, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Health Care Liaison for Help Me Grow Pierce County
  • Marilyn Gisser, Washington State Department of Health, Essentials for Childhood and Vroom Specialist
  • Jackie Litzau, Within Reach, Help Me Grow Network Manager
  • Devon Love, Public Health – Seattle & King County, Washington State Act Early Ambassador and Vroom Specialist

This webinar is hosted by the Washington State Department of Health and Help Me Grow Washington in partnership with Best Starts for Kids – King County and Help Me Grow – Pierce County.

Register today!

For more information contract Marilyn Gisser. Help Me Grow Washington

Free Early Learning Math Training

Did you know you can “mathematize” the spaces where young children play and learn every day? We are very pleased to invite you to a Free Math Anywhere “Deep Dive” training series via Zoom this Fall!

About Math Anywhere!: Established in 2017, Math Anywhere! is a community-based project in Washington which aims to build positive math experiences. 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

August 27: Uncovering the Math in Child Interests

October 15: Inviting Math Into Interest Areas

Nov 19: Observing and Responding to Children at Play

**All sessions will be held from 9-11am**

Intended Audience: Parents, Early Learning Professionals (Teachers, Librarians, Home Visitors, Child Care Providers, etc), , and anyone who is interested in having fun with children! This series will take previous Math Anywhere training participants to the next level of learning, while still being engaging and open to those who are new to Math Anywhere.

Instructor: Molly Daley, Math Coordinator at ESD 112 

Sponsored By: Snohomish County Early Learning Coalition

Funded By: Washington STEM

To register, contact Kendall Appell at

Help Me Grow News

Early Bird Prices End Tomorrow for the Help Me Grow National Forum  
Full-day conference and single-day registration is available for the 2021 HMG National Virtual Forum, featuring dynamic presentations, practical resources, networking, and national speakers. 

  Early Bird Registration closes on July 30, 2021
Registration closes fully on September 10, 2021  

Help Me Grow Affiliates Presenting at the Forum
 Each year, the HMG National Affiliate Network brings powerful, practical content to the HMG National Forum.

Check out some of the content sessions, networking opportunities, and posters that will be featured this year from HMG systems across the country.  
View the full agenda and register    

New Framework for Community Collaboration to Support Young Children 
Help Me Grow, Family Connects, HealthySteps, and Nurse-Family Partnership partnered through the Model Convening Project to develop a silo-busting, trust-building framework for your community collaboration across early childhood services, supports, and systems that achieves positive, equitable outcomes for all young children and their families. 

The Hand In Hand framework was developed from examples of effective model collaboration at the community-level, in partnership with communities across the country. It is a practical and effective approach to collaboration that can be adapted to fit all communities, including yours.

Visit our Model Convening Project webpage for more.    

New Help Me Grow National Events Calendar
Keep up-to-date on webinars, events, and technical assistance opportunities offered by the HMG National Center by bookmarking our new HMG National Events Calendar.         

Early Investment in Children & Families:
A Case for Help Me Grow Based in Science

In support of the Children’s Hospital Association’s 2021 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center hosted a conversation on the imperative to invest early in children’s optimal health, development, and well-being.  Dr. Melanie Berry from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University discusses the Center’s new action guide for policymakers, which lays out a scientific analysis of why investments in young children and families can have lifelong health and learning implications. Kimberly Martini-Carvell, Executive Director of the HMG National Center, describes how the HMG Model both responds to the science of early childhood and brain development, and serves to support families with young children in ways that promote best possible outcomes.  Watch the webinar    

Dr. Paul Dworkin Featured in National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance Webinar Series
 Focusing on developmental promotion, early detection, referral, and linkage to services, this webinar from the ECQA Center highlighted several ways in which early childhood systems can be leveraged to increase screenings in your state, territory, or Tribe. Dr. Paul Dworkin, Julia Abercrombie, Dr. Sherri Alderman, and Dr. Marian Earls shared about early childhood system work in different states.
  Watch the webinar    

Innovation Spotlight:
ParentTV & Help Me Grow Washington D.C.

 A recent Innovation Spotlight session from the HMG National Center featured ParentTV, an on-demand, personalized tool for parents and providers who support parents to help raise resilient, capable and confident kids from credible, researched-based experts. Leaders from HMG Washington D.C. shared their experience in utilizing ParentTV as part of their early childhood system building efforts.
Access the recording and session materials    

Help Me Grow Affiliate Connections Directory Survey
The HMG National Center is developing an Affiliate Connections Directory to help individuals in similar roles across the HMG National Affiliate Network connect with each other to learn and share.

The Affiliate Connections Directory will include contact information for individuals leading key  roles and responsibilities around the HMG Core Components as well as additional priority areas essential to strong HMG implementation.

HMG leads and staff can utilize the Affiliate Connections Directory for affiliate to affiliate connection. This Directory can be used as a starting point to identify and secure contact information for individuals in like-roles from different HMG systems to share ideas, successes, challenges, to engage in meaningful connection with other champions in early childhood system development

Please complete the survey by Monday, August 30, 2021.

Please note that the HMG Affiliate Connections Directory will not be made public, and will only be accessible to those who have a login to the affiliate side of the HMG National Center website.

A link to complete the Affiliate Connections Directory survey will be emailed to state and system leads on August 9, 2021.    


Help Me Grow Alameda ACEs Postcard As the state of California created an incentive payment for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) screening through Medi-Cal and launched the ACEs Aware initiative to encourage and train medical providers to screen adults and children for ACEs, HMG Alameda County began outreach efforts to promote the HMG Centralized Access Point as a support to address issues identified through ACEs screening.

Pediatricians who were already screening for ACEs requested a document that could demonstrate how HMG can help support a family after screening with support and referrals related to resilience building and protective factors. The postcard was designed using ideas from other ACEs Aware graphics, with feedback and suggestions from the HMG Alameda County Family Advisory Committee and support from Frameworks to align messaging. It was translated into Chinese (Spanish version forthcoming) and designed to be shared with families post-ACEs screening to illustrate the importance of the ACEs screening, the effects of ACEs on children, and how HMG can help support a family experiencing ACEs.
Download the ACEs postcard

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August is World Breastfeeding Month

Worldwide Breastfeeding Month – August 2021
By Emily Mann, AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer for Nutrition First

Every year, World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated during the first week of August. This year, it falls from August 1st – 7th. The 2021 theme of World Breastfeeding Week is “A Shared Responsibility.” This year’s campaign will feature an emphasis on how breastfeeding contributes to the survival, health, and wellbeing of all.

Objectives of WBW 2021:
·  Inform people about the importance of breastfeeding
·  Anchor breastfeeding as a vital public health responsibility
·  Engage with individuals and organizations for greater impact
·  Galvanize action on protecting breastfeeding to improve public health

The second week of August (8th – 14th) is recognized as Native Breastfeeding Week. The community hopes to address “the inequity and injustice of Indigenous parents and their abilities to practice their roles in accordance to the tribal communities they descend from.” More information can be found on the Facebook page at

The third week of August is designated as Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Breastfeeding Week, and it will be celebrated from August 15th – 24th. The AANHPI 2021 theme is Reclaiming Our Tradition. This will be the very first national AANHPI Breastfeeding Week. Last year, a group of mothers of Asian descent proclaimed the third week of August API Breastfeeding Week, and BreastfeedLA and the API Breastfeeding Task Force worked together to get approval from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and secure official proclamations of this designation. Yay!

Black Breastfeeding Week will be celebrated from August 25th – 31st 2021. This will be the eighth year of Black Breastfeeding Week, and this year’s theme is The Big Pause: Collective Rest for Collective Power . Events will be held all week long and can be found at

Here are a few events being planned around Washington State for World Breastfeeding Month:

·  During World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st – 7th), Seamar-Clark County is handing out incentives to WIC participants through a drive-by. WIC participants who are nursing will receive a bag of useful items such as nursing scarves, bibs, magnet frames, water bottles, etc., along with a special card honoring them for providing milk to their babies. Seamar-Clark County will also be sending out cards to all Sea Mar providers who serve parents, infants, and children.

·  For Black BF week (August 25th – 31st), Mahogany Moms is doing Soul-Food Sunday virtual recipe demos that help with lactation. They will also host a BF Conference on the 26th of August. At the end of the month, there will be a BBQ and Bones event to honor Black fathers. There will also be games!

·  Farm Workers in Yakima will be doing the Big Latch. Moms will come to the park and latch on at 10:30 am together. Community support members will show up and bring a basket of gifts. There will be tables providing valuable breastfeeding information.  This year, the Big Latch will have more virtual elements to it, but there will still be gifts in-person at the clinic.

During August, Nutrition First will be posting frequently to our Instagram and Facebook page. Stop by our Instagram page at, and our Facebook page at for updates. 

Further resources for Worldwide Breastfeeding Month:

The Surgeon General’s Breastfeeding Reports and Publications:

The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies:

Black Breastfeeding Week Website:

US Breastfeeding Committee Website:

AANHPI: Interview with an individual from the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition and Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force:

Breastfeeding Communities Website:

NWA Virtual Breastfeeding Conferences:

Native Breastfeeding Week Facebook Page:

Watch “Breastfeeding is…A King County WIC Celebration for World Breastfeeding Month”

Upcoming Continuing Education Events

August 26th, 2021: Join Mahogany Moms Community Coalition 2021 for Shifting the Conversation: Black Voices Matter- Honoring the Stories & Lived Experiences of Black Birth Workers & Community. This is a daylong virtual event. For more information or to register, click here.

September 21st, 2021: Join Nutrition First for Advances in Lactation Support Conference featuring speakers Leanne Brock a and Dr. Mary Anne O’Hara. Register now for this live event – recording will also be available for viewing. Please note that you must register in advance of the event to access the recording. More information here.