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January, 2021
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Preview of Coming Attractions!

2021 promises to bring fun and exciting activities from Washington County Kids! We have events planned for providers, parents and guardians, and some events for everyone that will add spice to your life!

FOR PROVIDERS:

  • Training programs that rock:  Two programs are planned – in the Spring a course on dealing with behavior management and in the fall we are working on a program to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Plus bonus programs including a free workshop on keeping kids engaged in online learning (watch our eNewsletter and social media for announcements)
  • Quarterly online meetings featuring updates on activities throughout the county and opportunities to engage with fellow providers
  • An OST Providers Facebook group to exchange ideas and resources
  • A DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) book club to increase awareness of the impact of policies on  individuals and groups
  • A NEW contest open to students with prizes! (Coming this fall)

FOR PARENTS AND GUARDIANS:

  • A Parent/Guardian speaker series on topics of interest such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities to keep your child engaged and inspired, and helpful information about dealing with stress and anxiety in kids
  • A Summer Programs Expo in late Spring to help match parents and guardians with programs that will be offered

FOR EVERYONE:

  • Our fabulous annual gala is scheduled for Thursday, August 5th! We are hoping to hold it in-person and have space reserved at the beautiful Montinore Winery Estates. If we are not able to have the gala in-person, we will hold another amazing online event complete with a silent auction featuring a wide variety of tempting food, entertainment, and hand-made and one-of-a-kind gift items. 
  • An end of year online auction offering items to buy and enjoy or as part of your holiday shopping
  • Our website includes resources for providers, parents, guardians, and educators :  https://washingtoncountykids.org/
  • And, our monthly eNewsletter to keep you informed and up-to-date about the people and organizations that support kids during non-school time.
If you would like to be involved in any of these activities, please let us know (we love volunteers!):  info@washingtoncountykids.org
Mark Your Calendar

Next meeting:
2/22 @ 6:30 pm
Check website for details

OST Program Providers Quarterly Meeting:
2/5 @ 12 noon
Check website for details

Teens interested in arts careers? Free workshop!
Free virtual workshop for teens (ages 15-18) interested in pursuing arts, culture, heritage, and humanities after high school. “Teens: Choosing a Career in the Creative Industries": 2/6 from 2-4pm. Learn more and register HERE.

Free Summer Day Camp Guidance Discussion
Representatives from the Oregon Health Authority and Office of the Governor will be reviewing and discussing summer day camp guidance for 2021. Thu, 2/4 from 4-5pm. Register HERE.

Free educational opportunities for parents & caregivers

Registration required, offered in both English and Spanish. Learn more via links below. Visit the Parenting Together website for information. 

Kindergarten Transition (FACT Oregon and NWRESD partnership)
English Post    Spanish Post
February 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - FREE

Parenting in a Pandemic Parenting Support Series – Dr. Amy Stoeber in partnership with Prevent Child Abuse Oregon - Register by Jan 29th
Begins February 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm – FREE

Strengthening Families Virtual Parenting and Youth Support Series
English Post   Spanish Post
Begins February 4th 6:30 – 8:30

Nurturing Parenting “Nurturing Hope”
English Post   Spanish Post
Begins Feb 22nd  6 – 8:30

Support WCK
Visit our shop and display your support on one of our branded products!

Amazon Smile: Select Washington County Kids and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchases to WCK!

Fred Meyer Rewards:  Visit this website to link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to WCK account #EG761. You receive the same rewards as usual and Fred Meyer makes a small donation to WCK.

BenefitDownload the app and select Washington County Kids as your chosen beneficiary. Share with friends and family! The more the merrier.

Benevity: Donate to us through your company!
In The Spotlight
Board Member: Claire Morgan
By Michael Coiner

Claire’s love for nurturing younger children developed early in life. As the oldest of eight, she helped her parents care for her younger siblings until she left for college. After graduating from Marylhurst University in December of her senior year with an education degree and no prospects of a mid-year teaching job, Claire was hired to work as a sales trainer for Nordstrom. After nine months, she accepted a teaching job in Sherwood and launched into her dream career as a classroom teacher.

Claire deeply appreciated the opportunity to teach. She found it exciting to watch her students learn and develop right in front of her eyes. As she puts it, “I was surprised to get a paycheck for doing what I loved!” Parents would thank her for teaching their children, but Claire was fairly certain it was just a matter of giving them the right materials and right setting to soar beyond what they thought was possible.

As a holistic educator, Claire realized that children needed support even after the final bell rang. Her school in Sherwood didn’t have an after school program and she suspected some of her second grade kids went home to an empty house. One of her students who was struggling with behavior, mentioned that he was lonely at home after school. Claire made him a deal. If he had a good day in class, she would call him when he got home and chat on the phone. This helped him improve his engagement in her class and, eventually, his performance too. This experience taught Claire how intense the need was for after school support.

While volunteering with Washington County Kids (WCK), Claire sat in on a Parent Conversation sponsored by WCK.The neighborhood was considered “middle income” and thus, not what most would associate with needing after school program services. Yet, one of the parents mentioned arriving at 4 A.M. to make sure her children made the list for an after school program. The need is clearly there. Claire believes that after school programs can provide an opportunity for children to experience new and exciting activities. Chess, checkers, science and art projects, relating to others, and so many other things are all new to children. Teaching them about these things greatly aids in their development and understanding of the world around them. Parents aren’t always in a position to provide this for their children, and after school programs fill that critical need.

As far as future growth is concerned, Claire believes that the County has excellent programs already but needs more programs for more kids. Programs need steady funding so they don’t have to agonize about budgets from year to year. In order for programs to be a stable source of support for children and their parents, they need a stable source of support to keep the doors open and serve more kids. With those needs met, the possibilities are endless!

Message from Katie Riley, WCK President
A warm welcome to 2021, and a new look for our monthly newsletter! We are excited to work with all members of our growing network to strengthen the support we provide to providers, parents, and guardians to help us ensure all children in our county have access to quality out of school time programs. 
Do you have news you'd like us to share?
If you are a part of our OST provider network and/or have been invited to submit a story or item of interest to Washington County families, teachers, or care providers, email your content before 5 pm on the 3rd Friday of the month (up to 400 words for stories, 75 words for events or other special requests; include cropped jpg or png image). Submission is not a guarantee of inclusion. Include name and email of person we can contact with questions.
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