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WCK wishes you and yours a wonderful 2018 holiday and a prosperous 2019


As you plunge into preparing for the holidays, Washington County Kids is grateful for your support for our mission. It is important to be aware that kids need support during the hours they are not in school and without that support their futures, and therefore those of our community, may not be so bright.

This year we have been busy:
*Attained separate 501c3 status and elected our first Board while continuing to hold monthly Steering Committee meetings—all are welcome
*Sponsored a summit of partners and key legislators
*Invited additional organizations and individuals to join WCK
*Conducted two workshops for partner staff on data usage and trauma-informed care
*Completed, through our grant from Meyer Memorial Trust, 16 focus group Conversations listening to parents’ and guardians’ experiences accessing care for their children
*Offered an online and hard copy survey to collect information from those not able to attend a Conversation
*Compiled data on care provided by groups in Washington County
*Held our second annual social—definitely a lot of fun at beautiful Montinore Winery. 
*Continued to publish these newsletters to keep you informed about our efforts and to highlight activities of partner groups

We are in the process of completing our final focus group Conversations and hope to have our report out early in 2019. Watch for an announcement of a summit to provide results. 

There are several ways you can support our efforts to spread the message that kids need out of school time programs—shopping through Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer (details available in this newsletter) allows designation of Washington County Kids. Intel employees can also designate us. And, of course, donating online at our website, http://Washingtoncountykids.com is always welcome. You can also make out a check to WCK and send it to:

WCK
250 NE Hillwood Dr.
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124

Thank you! Our very best wishes to all for Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!

Katie Riley, President and Members of the WCK Board and Steering Committee



Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Supports WCK 

By Martha Brooks

 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Oregon and ReadyNation Oregon have been proud and early supporters of Washington County Kids for many years as we all work to support proven early childhood education and care programs and after-school/out­of­school programs for all of our kids.

 

For more than twenty-two years, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids has made the case for solutions that cut crime and put kids on the path to productive lives. Our more than 5000 members nationwide, with 140 here in Oregon, are police chiefs, sheriffs, district attorneys, and attorneys general who know that early investments pay off in reduced criminal justice spending later.

 

ReadyNation is comprised of over 2000 business leaders globally, including over 50 in Oregon, who promote investments in children as the future workforce that will drive success in the global marketplace. For example, 62% of Oregon’s children under age 6 have both parents (or a single parent) working outside the home, and our members are concerned that many of these children are not in high­quality child care.



 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids organizes “Cops & Tots” events as part of our efforts to advocate for increased state and federal funding for high­quality early education programs.

 

Pictured here: Washington County District Attorney Bob Hermann, Ret.; Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton; and Beaverton Police Chief Jim Monger read to pre­k students at Vose Elementary School in May of 2018. They were even joined by a Police K­9.
 

ReadyNation Oregon also supports greater investments in career & technical education and after­school and out­of­school programs. Our members have visited programs in schools to learn more about these innovative programs to share their success with local legislators. Now more than ever, employers need workers who have specific, practical skills as well as “executive­functioning” skills like problem­solving, effective communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Honing their abilities in these concepts helps students achieve “deeper learning,” paving the way for success in college or the workplace.





 

Our members speak to legislators at the state and federal level to share the latest research and communicate the impact of quality education and programs on children in Oregon. Pictured here: outgoing Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau meets with U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici in her Washington, D.C. office in September of 2016.


ReadyNation Oregon member, Michael Harper participated in a panel at South by Southwest Edu in March titled Citizen­Ready and Crime­Free: The Advantage of PreK” which was very well received by attendees. In addition to the importance of early education, Mr. Harper shared his perspective on the importance of postsecondary credentials.

Join us!

Join us Monday, December 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Shute Park Library for our December meeting!

UPDATE-Fred Meyer Rewards


Our account number has been changed.  It is now EG761.

Please visit this website to link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to WCK.  You still receive the same rewards as usual, but Fred Meyer makes a small donation to WCK when you choose to link your card.  You can enter our organization number: EG761, to link your card to our reward account.  Thank you!
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