News from the Field – August 2021



Supporting Prenatal-to-Three with Federal Funds 

Federal relief funds are providing big opportunities for prenatal-to-three impact. The National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers’ new resource showcases how states and localities can use the nearly 30 federal relief funds to support infant-, toddler-, and family-well-being. This timely resource includes strategies to expand, improve, target, and make early care and education, family support, and maternal and infant/toddler health services more accessible and responsive.


Why and How States Should Use Child Care Relief Funding to Increase Compensation for the Early Childhood Education Workforce 

Early childhood educators’ work is complex. But the crisis they face is stark, and the consequences of inaction are clear: either we increase compensation for the early childhood education workforce, or we will be left with no workforce at all. This brief from the National Association for the Education of Young Children discusses why and how states should use funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to increase compensation for the ECE workforce. 


Structural Racism Booklet: Research and Policy Analyses

The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives has released a booklet of factsheets documenting evidence for structural racism across societal systems. Experts from a wide range of fields present data on the negative impacts of racist practices on the health and well-being of children and families and recommend public policies to weed it out.


Exploring the Role of Critical Health Literacy in Addressing the
Social Determinants of Health

The Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a virtual public workshop on the role of critical health literacy in addressing the social determinants of health, particularly among vulnerable populations. This new publication summarized the presentations and discussions from the workshop.



Transformative Community Capacity to Advance Equity 

The new Vital Village Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW) Playbook is a resource guide designed to provide tools for local leaders community coalitions and networks, educators, practitioners and policymakers working to promote the wellbeing of children and families, advance equity, and align systems of care and education in early childhood. This playbook distills elements of their learning journeys and highlights recommendations, additions, and extensions pioneered by the NOW peer communities based on their use of these resources in action.


New Data Recommendations from the Urban Institute

Disaggregating date by race and ethnicity can fuel efforts to identify and address racial disparities. When such data is unavailable, imputation methods can be applied to fill in critical gaps on race and ethnicity. To address this and other related concerns, Urban Institute’s Racial Equity Analytics Lab has developed a set of recommendations and standards for practitioners to consider in order to ensure an effective, ethical and empathetic to addressing critical gaps in race and ethnicity data.


Accelerating Child Health Care Transformation:
Key Opportunities for Improving Pediatric Care
 

Through insights from health care leaders across the nation, the Center for Health Care Strategies has released a new report sharing key strategies that are integral to child health care transformation: (1) adopt anti-racist practices and policies to advance health equity; (2) co-create equitable partnerships between families and providers; and (3) identify family strengths and address social needs to promote resilience.


Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with
Children from Infancy to Adolescence

Executive function and self-regulation skills are like an air traffic control system in the brain – they help us manage information, make decisions, and plan ahead. We need these skills at every stage of life, and while no one is born with them, we are all born with the protentional to develop them. But, how do we do that? The Center on the Developing Child created the Guide to Executive Function to walk you through everything you need to know about these skills and how to develop and practice them throughout life.


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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Trainings, Advocacy, and More!

Trainings, Advocacy, and More!

We continue to celebrate breastfeeding and chestfeeding all month long. This week, August 25th-31st, marks 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/.
 
Locally, Mahogony Moms Community Coalition will be hosting events, including a daylong maternal child health conference THIS THURSDAY August 26th, “Shifting the Conversation: Black Voices Matter – Honoring the Stories and Lived Experiences of Black Birth Workers and Community.”  Scholarships are available for birth workers. Contact breastfeeding.friendly@doh.wa.gov for more information.

(photo credit: Washington State Dept of Health) 
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August Proclaimed Breastfeeding Month in Skagit County

The Skagit County Breastfeeding Coalition was instrumental in making this event happen. Read more here.
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There is still time to join Nutrition First on September 21, 2021 for Advances in Lactation Support Conference!

This one-day virtual conference will cover topics including historical trauma and its impact on breastfeeding, Covid-19 and breastfeeding and more. Register in advance to attend live or to view the recordings for up to 3 months after the event.
*CERPS and CE credits for IBCLC and RD/RDN/DTRs pending.

Stay tuned for information about registering for Nutrition First’s on-demand webinar Foundations in Lactation Support – coming soon!



Advocacy News


End Child Hunger:   Read and share this opinion piece in today’s Seattle Times from the CEOs of Northwest Harvest and YMCA of Greater Seattle, and tell Congress to pass Sen. Murray’s Stop Child Hunger Act and make Child Tax Credits permanent.

SNAP Benefit increase: Beginning October 1, 2021 SNAP benefits will increase by up to 25% thanks to a review of the Thrifty Food Plan upon which the program calculates allotment. Read more here.

Extend WIC CVB: Nutrition First joins the National WIC Association in urging Congress to extend the WIC fruit and vegetable cash value benefit (CVB) before it expires on September 30th. Read more here

Action Alert: Our friends at the Children’s Alliance urge you to contact your elected officials to ensure that Congress crafts a budget that prioritizes kids. Here’s a link to their action alert.
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Meet Nutrition First Board Member Larisa Harvey

“I work at Pregnancy Aid – WIC in Snohomish County. I am the clinic IBCLC, Breastfeeding Coordinator, and Peer Counselor Coordinator. I’ve been here for 17 years (since 2004). I started as a PC, working with Michele Crockett.

My favorite part of working with NF is working on the conference and other education seminars. I also enjoy the Advocacy Days. It’s a great group of folks and we are doing so much for Washington State WIC!
I love running. I run in several races a year (even did a couple of virtual races during lockdown). My favorites are relays. Running is a solo endeavor, but with a relay you also have a team to work with. I just ran Ragnar Northwest Passage, 200 miles from Blaine to Langley, with a 12 person team. It took us roughly 35 hours. We had a great time!!

I have run 3 full marathons and many, many 1/2 marathons (my second favorite race after relays). One year I ran a race every month. The farthest I have gone for a race was to Bergen, Norway, where I ran in the Floyen Opp, a 2-ish mile run up Mount Floyen. (I didn’t actually go to Norway for the race, but found out it was happening when I would be there, so I signed up.)”

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Population Health Trust August Newsletter

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Population Health Trust August Newsletter August 20, 2021  

Hey Skagit, we heard you! Thank you to those who joined us at our recent Community Health Forums in Concrete, Anacortes, and Burlington. Thank you, too, to those who attended our Listening Session for indigenous language-speaking community leaders held earlier this month.    Here are some of the highlights from our Community Health Forums:  Close to 100 total participants! 5 language groups represented Input provided on topics such as housing, access to care, behavioral health (mental health and substance use), childcare needs and more Additional concerns raised around climate change, discrimination against indigenous people and access to dental care Forum 1 Going into these forums, the Trust expected to hear from the community that behavioral health services are greatly needed, especially now as a result of the pandemic. We also expected to hear about housing challenges in Skagit County and the lack of safe and affordable housing for our residents. What we didn’t expect was number of participants who expressed concern about access to care. We heard loud and clear that certain community members are struggling to receive medical services, and that locations, operating hours, and cultural differences all create barriers for these individuals and families to access adequate care.   We heard that for those who speak different languages and who have different cultural norms, a sense of mistrust can develop in care settings. One Forum participant indicated that it is critical that doctors “speak your language”. Much discussion centered on how they would love to see medical providers with the same culture and language as their patients.   pic 2 Another Forum participant spoke of the fear that certain cultures have regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. They said that their fears could be abated by a trusted professional who takes time to both listen and provide relevant information—something that can be so challenging to do when capacity, staffing, and time is limited.     Access to care was not just a topic of concern for those who speak different languages; our unhoused and housing-challenged populations, and those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community spoke about challenges to getting care. Mistrust of the healthcare system is a very real challenge that we must work to overcome for these marginalized groups.   Community members had many ideas for improving access to care in Skagit County. Some of their ideas included: Training and education for doctors about the language, culture and needs of patients, using real-life experiences of local patients Develop on-going methods for listening to needs of non-English speaking patients and addressing their concerns A resource hub that is straight-forward, safe, culturally appropriate that would include a wide range of services Expand and continue pandemic efforts like pop-up vaccine clinics or Street Medicine Employ patient-advocates who are embedded in the communities and cultures of all people in Skagit County. To be effective, these advocates must be valued and viewed as critical parts of the larger care team The Trust truly appreciates each and every community member who took the time to attend a forum and share their thoughts on community health and wellness. We could not do the work that we do without your feedback and input. Thank you!

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.