Family Palooza To-Go!

You are invited to participate in the spring Family Palooza event: Family Palooza To Go! On May 8, Family Palooza will partner with Skagit Kids Read Week to share information with families about all the many resources available in our community. Although Skagit Kids Read Week will host a live event in the parking lot at Fashion Place Mall, we understand that your organization may not be prepared to participate in a live event. So we are offering Family Palooza To Go, here is what it will look like:

  1. We are inviting organizations to contribute a flyer about a program, a service, or just a general overview of services provided. We encourage you to provide the flyer in English and Spanish. Consider providing 100-200 flyers.
  1. Make it fun! Remember a million years ago when we used to do Family Palooza in person and organizations were encouraged to contribute a give away for the kids? Consider adding a small giveway to your flyer – crayons, silly putty, books, small toys, etc. These small tokens add a special touch!
  1. Drop off your flyer to United General District 304 WIC office – 2031 Hospital Dr, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 between 9-3pm Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday. Flyers are due to UGD 304 on MAY 3.
  1. Once we have all the flyers and giveaways gathered, we will place them in a bag with a QR code sticker on the front that directs families to to learn more.
  1. Family Palooza To Go bags will be distributed to families (one per family) during the Skagit Kids Read Week event on May 8 in the parking lot at the Children’s Museum of Skagit County.

The Science & Power of Hope – Registration Open

We are pleased to announce an exciting training opportunity on The Science & Power of Hope!  Learn how you can build hope for yourself and others!

DATE: May 25, 2021
TIME: 12:00PM—4:00 PM
LOCATION: Virtual Event

HOPE SCIENCE–  Hope is real, hope is measurable, and hope is malleable. Youth who demonstrate higher levels of hope do better in school, report less substance use, and experience less anxiety and depression.  Learn how motivation and pathways are keys to achieving goals and experiencing a better life.

Space is limited and will fill up fast.  Click on the following link to register:

Continuing Education Units and Clock Hours are available (pending approval). For questions, please contact Ashley Geleynse at the Whatcom County Health Department at or 360-778-6066. 

Another training opportunity this Spring… Facilitate the Awesome! Be an amazing Resource to Teens.

Click here for more information on this upcoming training from our local WSU Extension.  

3rd Annual Fatherhood Summit


3rd Annual Washington Fatherhood Summit –  Resilient Dads: Fathering in Challenging Times

Join us on: March 16-18, 2021. 8:30 am -12:00 pm and, optional virtual lunch 12:00 pm -1:00 pm PT 

Who: Fathers, providers, lay and professional leaders, policy makers, philanthropists, and fatherhood advocates. 

Why: Help Washington State continue to build a state where all men can become the fathers they want to be 

Where: Zoom with interactive engagement. 

Register on Eventbrite today! 

Keynote speaker

Featured Speakers:

3/16: Corey Best 

3/17: Fatherhood Panel  

3/18: Kevin Bremond, Co-Founder Alameda County Fatherhood Corps 

For full agendaphoto contestVroom focus group information, and registration visit

Support us in building the Washington Fatherhood photo bank by entering the photo contest. We will be having two drawings for gift cards as a way to thank fathers who attend the summit on their own time. 

The drawings will be held right before the virtual lunch on day 1 and day 2.  You do not have to be present to win, but you must live in Washington State.  Please sign up for the drawing during registration.    

Tell us your opinion! Give us the dad perspective of the Vroom app by participating in a focus group of fathers with children under the age of 5. March17th, 12:10 pm -1:00 pm PDT. To volunteer, sign up during your registration on Eventbrite

Bellingham Technical College – Childbirth and Parenting Classes

All Winter Childbirth classes will be held remotely via Zoom.
Scholarships provided by Peacehealth St. Joseph’s Hospital

Preparation for Childbirth & Parenting

This traditional course covers the full spectrum
of pregnancy, labor and birth, newborn care,
postpartum, and parenting for those who want to
focus on pregnancy and parenting while building
relationships with others. Information about the
last trimester of pregnancy, labor and birth, comfort
and coping techniques, newborn care and feeding,
and the challenges and rewards of parenting will be
covered. A postpartum reunion with parents and
babies is included.
Item#: 8001 | Tuesdays 1/12-3/2 | Online 6-8:30 p.m. $199.00

Pregnancy & Childbirth

This shorter course focuses on healthy pregnancy and
birth and is great as a refresher option. Information on
pregnancy, labor and birth, and comfort and coping
techniques will be covered. Limited information
on newborns, breastfeeding, and the postpartum
period is presented, with less time to practice skills in
class. A postpartum reunion with parents and babies
is included.
Item#:8010 | Wednesdays 1/6-2/3 Coggins | Online 6-8:30 p.m. $149.00
Item#:8011 | Mondays 2/22-3/22 Slocum | Online 6-8:30 p.m. $149.00

Prep for Childbirth: Weekend Condensed

This weekend course is for the pregnant woman
and her support person whose schedule prevents
them from taking the full course. The weekend
format provides an overview of late pregnancy, birth,
postpartum, and breathing and relaxation methods to
make childbirth easier.
Item#:8021 | Saturday/Sunday 1/23-1/24 Coggins | Online $149.00
Item#:8022 | Saturday/Sunday 2/27-2/28 Slocum | Online $149.00
Note: Class times are Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. & Sundays 12:30-5:30 p.m.

Hypnotic Childbirth

Note: An online forum is included to allow for self-paced learning at home
in addition to the class time.

Learn how to get your body and mind to work for
you in one of the most incredible experiences of your
life. This five-week course is designed to help women
overcome their fear of the birthing process and to
build trust in women’s inherent ability to give birth.
Extensive exercises in relaxation, visualization, and
overcoming obstacles include the best self-hypnosis
techniques to achieve an optimal state of mind for
labor and birth.
Item#:8150 | Mondays 1/25-3/1 Ripper | Online 6-8:30 p.m. FREE

Gottman Institute® Bringing Baby Home

Our Bringing Baby Home workshop
is a research-based and research
tested psychoeducational workshop
dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies
and children by strengthening their families.
Developed by renowned relationship and parenting
experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, this workshop is
perfect for those who are expecting a baby, or already
parenting an infant or toddler (up to age 3).
In this workshop, you and your partner will learn how
to strengthen your friendship, increase intimacy and
affection, work through conflict with greater ease,
create positive baby interactions, and ensure quality
involvement for both parents. The cost of this course
includes the Bringing Baby Home Workbook and
Item#:8140 | MW 1/4-1/25 Eiford |Online 6-8 p.m. FREE
Item#:8141 | TTh 2/2-2/18 Eiford | Online 6-8 p.m. FREE
Item#:8142 | MW 3/8-3/24 Eiford |Online 6-8 p.m. FREE

Comfort Techniques for Labor & Birth

This class is designed to provide pregnant women
and their partners with more information about
pain and coping, including: birthing techniques,
labor positions, comfort measures, and options for
back labor. Suggestions for partners providing labor
support are presented.
Item#:8050 | Thursday 2/4 Slocum | Online 6-8:30 p.m. FREE

Breastfeeding Basics & Beyond

Note: This class will consist of a pre-recorded lecture that will be accessible
to enrolled students to view on their own time prior to the class date listed.
The scheduled Q&A session will take place via Zoom.

Breastfeeding offers a baby an optimal start in life and
provides lifelong health benefits. Accurate information
and support are essential for a breastfeeding mother.
This course provides the basic information necessary
to initiate and sustain breastfeeding for as long as
desired. Topics covered will include: breastfeeding
resources, role of the support person(s), preparation
and getting started, responding to postpartum
challenges including mother-baby separation and
pumping, and answers to personal questions.
Item#: 8102 | Saturday 1/23 Follet | Online 10-11 a.m. FREE
Item#: 8101 | Saturday 2/20 Follet | Online 10-11 a.m. FREE
Item#: 8103 | Saturday 3/20 Follet | Online 10-11 a.m. FREE

Baby ‘N’ Me (1-7 months)

The early months of parenting are filled with
extremes: from sheer joy to incredible sleep
deprivation. This class offers a safe, inviting, relaxed
atmosphere where you can meet other parents/
caregivers, build relationships and find answers to
your parenting questions. Adults choose discussion
topics such as sleep patterns, infant development,
adjusting to parenting, games and songs, and
starting solids. Babies play in the same room while
you gain valuable support and current information
on raising a young infant.
Item#:8110 | Mondays 1/25-3/22 Read | Online 2:30-4:30 p.m. FREE

Baby ‘N’ Me (8-12 months)

As your children transition from infancy, the parenting
issues you face change. This course provides a safe,
inviting, relaxed atmosphere where you can meet
other parents, build relationships and find answers to
your parenting questions. Adults choose discussion
topics such as emerging language, safety, nutrition,
and beginning discipline. Babies explore in the
same room and make new friends while you gain
valuable support and current information on raising
an older infant.
Item#:8115 | Wednesdays 1/27-3/17 Read | Online 2:30-4:30 p.m. FREE

Virtual Meet & Greet!

Calling all professionals who work with children & families in Skagit County!

Please join us for our VIRTUAL 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 Zoom breakout room that will rotate several times throughout the event to maximize sharing.  
There is no cost for this event, but please register so we can send you the Zoom link. 
Feel free to share with others!
 Register Now!
Because this is a structured event, please make sure to join the Zoom call right at 8:30!