WCK News: November 2020

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Starts this Friday, Nov 27 at noon!
We appreciate YOU!  Your ongoing support for kids truly makes a difference. Kids need our strength and support now more than ever, and we are facing a future where that need will only increase. COVID requirements will not last forever—eventually, adults will be able to go back to work and kids will be able to go back to school. That means that out of school time (OST) programs (early childhood, after school, and summer and related services) will be even more critical. WCK is gearing up to make sure those programs are in place and provide quality care for your kids, your grandkids, your neighbor’s kids—because we know our future depends on their success.  

We also need a little fun right now. Join in WCK’s holiday online auction and appeal! Check out our nifty auction items as a gift for yourself or someone else you know who deserves it!  You can also make a tax-deductible donation in any amount or support a specific 2021 program in $25 increments. We provide training and services for providers and our county community, educating and reinforcing the important role OST plays in ensuring a bright future for all of us. Your support for our work makes us glow with the holiday spirit (and makes us a lot more effective!).  

Thank you!

WCK Board and Steering Committee


Provider Spotlight: Champions
by Christy Cunningham

All of us at Champions are proud to be a safe, academic, fun out-of-school-time solution for Washington county families. Whether we’re partnering with district leaders to provide enrichment and homework help right in your school or filling the summer with exciting camps that inspire curiosity and learning even when school is out, we strive to be a community partner our families can always count on.

When schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, none of us at Champions knew what the future would hold. We realized families still needed support, whether for distance learning or child care or both. We worked with medical experts to create industry-leading health and safety practices for our programs. Since March we’ve had safety measures in place including small, stable peer groups, temperature checks, and masks for everyone. Champions leaders continue to work to ensure we’re following rigorous safety standards. 

Washington County currently has Champions Comprehensive Distance Learning programs in Sherwood, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, and Tigard. These programs serve children ages 5-12 years old. Champions teachers partner with families and school district staff to support students in their daily distance learning. In addition, our Education team developed special activities and curriculum for Champions' teachers to support students in their social and emotional development. We also incorporate physical fitness and movement into students’ daily routine and leave plenty of time for children to make new friends and socialize.

Champions programs will also welcome children to attend winter break camps at select locations Monday through Wednesday of winter break weeks. These programs will feature our regular curriculum as well as some fun new curriculum designed to help children build resilience and develop social-emotional skills while focusing on the themes of gratitude and possibilities. Children will play games, create projects, celebrate winter, and have fun with their friends and staff – with all the same health and safety standards we have been practicing since March!

We’d love to welcome you and your children to try Champions Distance Learning Support and winter break fun. Everything’s better with a friend — even learning — and these days, kids are craving as much safe social time with peers as possible!  

We recognize that full-time programs for school-aged children aren't a part of most family’s budgets, so we’re working hard to find ways to keep costs as low as possible. Financial support through the expanded state Employment Related Day Care subsidy and district grants provided through Washington County and the CARES Act are available for families wishing to attend any licensed child care provider, like Champions.

If you have questions or wonder if Champions programs might be a solution for your family, we would love to invite you to one of our virtual open houses or schedule a personal tour via Zoom. Please see our website for registration and more information or call our Family Support Center (located in Portland) at 1-800-246-2154.


MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science  Achievement) Invention Clubs

MESA's mission is to provide students underrepresented in STEM fields with opportunities. Invention Clubs are an opportunity for 5th to 12th-grade students who do not have a MESA chapter at their school or are home school students to participate in the MESA experience. Students must also qualify for free/reduced lunch in order to participate. Further information and application forms are available.


Parenting Speaker/Workshop Series Available

Six free workshops will be offered virtually in both English and Spanish by the Northwest Regional Education Service District in coordination with Parenting Together Washington County. Interpretation in additional languages is possible when requested in advance. Online registration is required. All of the workshops can be found on the Parenting Together Washington County Events calendar. Click on the link below to download the full flyer in English and Spanish. Attend one or all of the series sessions. Next session: December 9th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Register online - Each session has a separate link:

Apoyo para hábitos positivos dentro del hogar:


WCK Newsletter editor: Shari Getz

2020 Donations Reduce Gross Income on Taxes

The CARES Act allows people to deduct $300 for charitable contributions. Donations can be made by check or credit card and must be given to a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The amount can be listed as an adjustment to income so if someone donates $300 to a qualified organization, their adjusted gross income will be reduced up to $300. A couple filing jointly is still limited to a $300 deduction. Keep your receipts!

Helping Those Most in Need

Many of our community organizations are actively providing services such as food and other essential needs. Here are some links to  programs that can use your help:

--Community Action (housing/shelter and food)
Bienestar and Centro Cultural helping farmworkers through the Esperanza Fund
--Boys&Girls Club (providing food)
--Homeplate (supplies for homeless youth)
--Oregon Food Bank
OST Program Providers Quarterly Meeting:

Friday, 12/4 @ noon.
Contact us for details.
Providers, don't miss our last meeting of 2020! 

Ways To Support WCK

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 number 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!
Next Meeting: Virtual Holiday Happy Hour!

We can't celebrate in person but we can share some holiday cheer! 
12/21/20 @ 6:30 pm
Check website for details
Have a safe and healthy holiday!
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