CCR Great Starts Newsletter + Event Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2021 CCR Seeds of Change Annual Event

Child Care Resources is excited to announce the launch of registration for the 2021 Seeds of Change Annual Event taking place Friday, October 15th at 7 PM.

This year’s event will have some changes, but the biggest change will be moving from a traditional afternoon luncheon to an evening virtual event. The Annual Event is a fundraising event, and the funds will support CCR programs and allow us to provide exceptional services for the thousands of children, families, and child care providers across King and Pierce Counties.

The work CCR has done over the last year continues to make a difference, and we could not have done this without our community of supporters. CCR’s commitment to children, families, and child care providers has never been more realized than during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stories we have heard from parents and providers in this challenging time inspire us and underscore the importance of our work. This event will be a time for our community to come together in partnership and in support of the future of early learning to ensure ALL children have the opportunity to succeed in school and in life.

Register today and join us as we look to plant the seeds of change for our future.


Creating Change in Philanthropy

Over the last year, CCR has gone through big changes in the way we view and practice philanthropy and giving. Our fund development team has a dream and strives toward a more inclusive and equitable development program. A program that values money and time equally and embraces CCR’s values in anti-racism. Through careful research, the fund development team discovered Community Centric Fundraising (CCF). CCF started in Seattle and is a movement to evolve how fundraising is practices in the nonprofit sector, prioritizing community.

As an organization that is modeling Community Centric Fundraising, we recognize that every person in our community of supporters plays a role in ensuring that every child can suceed in school and in life. By creating a space where every contribution is valued and every dollar raised at the event funds out vital programs, we know we are creating a better future for all.

We encourage our community of supporters to learn more about Community Centric Fundraising and come along with us as we continue to strengthen our community and create equitable practices for all.

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Explore our Current Employment Opportunities

Child Care Resources offers unique employment opportunities for individuals who care about improving the quality of early childhood care in our region. CCR is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity among our staff. We strongly encourage people of color, people who speak a second language, and people with disabilities to apply.

Current employment opening:

CCR Mental Health Consultant 

Early Achievers Coach

Professional Development Coordinator

Family Resource Center Bilingual Specialist

Child Care Subsidy Specialist 

Child Care Subsidy Lead

Director, Financial Planning and Program ServicesEarly Learning Services Development Director 


Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grant

Child Care Resources has been awarded a Federal Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership grant, the first in Western Washing in over a decade! Early Head Start (EHS) program promote the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally-enriching caregiving.

For Interested Families:

EHS programs recruit families with the greatest need. Eligibility is generally based on family income being at or below the poverty level. Children in foster care, children experiencing homelessness, and children from families receiving public assistance such as Temporary Assistance for Need Families (TANF) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are eligible regardless of income.

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Meet CCR’s Early Head Start Team:
Savannah Stannard

What is your role at CCR? Department Manager Comprehensive Services, Director of the EHS-Child Care Partnership Program

What is your favorite part of your job? – Everything!!  I love my job! From the amazing team of people I work with, to the Family Child Care and communities we partner with, to the mission-centered, visionary way we are implementing this grant and everything in between!  What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I LOVE sports – watching, playing, all of it, and, I’m actually pretty good at playing several. Going to the batting cage is one of my favorite things to do after work!

Frances Fournier-Diaz

What is your role at CCR? Staff Accountant for Business Services. “Fiscal Manager” for EHS

What is your favorite part of your job?  Having the opportunity to work with such an awesome passionate team. (EHS team 😊)What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? Middle child of three girls, and I have three girls. Married my high school sweetheart.

Destiny Tabor

What is your role at CCR? Early Head Start Health and Intervention Lead

What is your favorite part of your job? Favorite part of my role is working with family child care providers, families, and children. Also, connecting and providing children and families with healthcare resources that helps children thrive, improve quality of life, and promotes overall health longevity and productivity of communities brings me joy.

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I have been to over 35 states within the US.

Nicole Traore

What is your role at CCR? Early Head Start Lead Child Development and Family Engagement

What is your favorite part of your job? I love this job!  I get to support Family Child Care (FCC) providers, children, families and communities!  Early Head Start supports the very important first years of life!  Our EHS team is in a unique position where we have the ability to support positive directions and growth for young children!    

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I was a Family Child Care provider for 9 years and SO excited to be able to support FCC providers and the incredible work they do with families and their communities!

Robin Fransen

What is your role at CCR? Comprehensive Services Program Coordinator 

What is your favorite part of your job? Collaborating with my teammates and Early Head Start FFamily Child Care Program. 

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I’ve been a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium for over 10 years.

Lisa Hernandez

What is your role at CCR? Early Head Start Specialist

What is your favorite part of your job? Is everything an answer? Because that’s how I feel!  I love this job because I feel supported and motivated by the team I work with. And I love the opportunity I get to learn more, be challenged, and connect with all kinds of wonderful people while doing meaningful work. There are days I walk into a provider’s house with a full heart of gratitude and a smile to go with.

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? One cool thing about me is that I have 700 hobbies but one of my favorites has been wood building! It feels pretty exciting to use all of the tools and create something with your own two hands. My co-parent and I even built a tiny house one time!

Gil Romero-Mewharter

What is your role at CCR? Mental Health Consultant

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part about my job is watching children and caregiver relationships grow closer over time.

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I can play a musical instrument

Crystal Rivera

What is your role at CCR? Early Head Start Specialist

What is your favorite part of your job? Getting to help connect low-income families/families in crisis to quality early head start programs.  

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? I am a Harry Potter fanatic.

Sydney Murrey

What is your role at CCR? EHS Grant Implementation Intern

What is your favorite part of your job? Building a program from the ground up by creating policies and procedures that support children and families.

What is one cool thing most people don’t know about you? My sisters and I have matching killer whale tattoos because our dad helped free Willy (whose real name is Keiko).

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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.  www.mathanywhere.org 

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 kendall.appell@childstrive.org

Help Me Grow News

     
HELP ME GROW NATIONAL CENTER 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 AFFILIATE RESOURCES    

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 https://www.facebook.com/NativeBreastfeedingWeek/.

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 https://blackbreastfeedingweek.org/.

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 https://www.instagram.com/nutritionfirstwa/, and our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Nutrition-First-107629872607609/ for updates. 

Further resources for Worldwide Breastfeeding Month:

The Surgeon General’s Breastfeeding Reports and Publications: https://www.hhs.gov/surgeongeneral/reports-and-publications/breastfeeding/index.html

The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies: https://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/resources/toolkits.html

Black Breastfeeding Week Website: https://blackbreastfeedingweek.org/

US Breastfeeding Committee Website: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/

AANHPI: Interview with an individual from the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition and Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force: http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/p/bl/et/blogid=61&blogaid=2319

Breastfeeding Communities Website: https://breastfeedingcommunities.org/

NWA Virtual Breastfeeding Conferences: https://www.nwica.org/events/type/nutrition-breastfeeding-conference

Native Breastfeeding Week Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NativeBreastfeedingWeek/


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.

Perinatal Mental Health Resource

Website: https://www.smallmomentsbigimpact.com/

Free app: If you own an iPhone, you can download the “Small Moments, Big Impact” app by searching the name in the App Store or by clicking here!

Having a baby comes with many questions and emotions. This website shares the content of a free app that was created by health care providers, public media producers, and mothers. It is designed to be used during your baby’s first six months, but it’s not for information about common health questions. Instead, it focuses on your relationship with your baby and feelings of love, stress, fatigue, frustration, and hope — all of which are part of being a parent. We encourage you to share these feelings with people who are important to you. This will enrich you and your baby’s special love circle.

As you use the app each week, you’ll find ways to connect with your baby and yourself. You will hear stories from other mothers, see them interacting with their babies, do some self-reflection, express your thoughts and feelings, and make movies with your baby to have memories forever. Through this journey, you’ll see that even small moments with your baby can have a big impact.

The Small Moments, Big Impact initiative is led by Barry Zuckerman, M.D. and Jillian Orr Daglilar, Ed.M.

Safe Kids Academy

Safe Kids Washington has partnered with the Traumatic Brain Injury Council and the University of Oregon to bring a series of virtual safety education learning events for kids of all ages. These virtual events are engaging and fast moving with safety information, activities and entertainment, and prizes! We have sessions for all ages and parts for the parents in each session as well and it is free. 

You can register for each individual session by clicking on the age and session date you want to sign up for in the attached flyer or use your smartphone camera to scan the QR code to be taken to the general registration page where you will find the Safe Kids Virtual Academy sessions as well as other free virtual conferences for TBI. You can also follow this link to the registration page: https://tbieventsportal.org 

Flyer: Safe Kids Virtual Academy Series Flyer_5.6.2021.pdf

Look, Listen and Learn: Bridging the achievement gap in Washington

Look, Listen and Learn (LL+L) produces children’s television to bridge the achievement gap in Washington so that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) kids enter school ready to learn and able to succeed. Featuring local children and teachers at learning venues across King County, LL+L applies brain development knowledge to foster learning and enhance caregiver relationships. Learn more HERE