A Message From The Office of Tribal Relations: DCYF Updates

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A Message From the Office of Tribal Relations

November 22, 2019

DCYF Updates

Naselle Potlach

Naselle’s Native youth pictured along with Superintendent Pat Escamilla and Washington State Representative Brian Blake.

Naselle Youth Camp Hosts Potlatch During Native American Heritage Month

Earlier this month, Naselle Youth Camp hosted its annual potlatch where community members, family and DCYF staff gathered to share a meal and immerse themselves in the spirit of local potlatch tradition.  

Practiced by Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest coast for thousands of years, a potlatch traditionally takes place during colder months and serves as a gathering for the redistribution and reciprocity of wealth.

During Naselle’s potlatch, ancestral stories were shared, traditional songs were sung and youth-made ceremonial gifts were bestowed. Before the feast, Shoalwater Bay Tribal Chairwoman, Charlene Nelson, gave a traditional blessing. “Howaa salaana masi masi,” she said. Which roughly translates to, “With everything, thank you.”

Thank you Naselle Youth Camp, for opening your doors to share this rich Native tradition with DCYF and the local community.

Michelle Johnson

DCYF Welcomes New ECEAP Tribal Specialist

Michelle Johnson, Samish Indian Nation, recently accepted the position of Tribal Specialist in DCYF’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP).

Michelle’s previous work experience includes working for the Samish Tribe as a Head Start Teacher and Case Manager, Samish language preservation and revitalization project, Samish Social Services Director, K-8 Social Worker and Tribal Program Consultant for WA birth to three early intervention.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys Coast Salish weaving, sewing, mentoring native youth and participating in the Canoe Journey.

DCYF, ECEAP and the Office of Tribal Relations are excited to have Michelle part of our team.

Contact Michelle at michelle.johnson@dcyf.wa.gov.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 2: FFSPA Prevention Tribal Webinar, 9-10 a.m.
- Access Code: 806 664 630
- Password: KMFtBaYa
- Call in Number: 360-810-3022

Dec. 10: Plan of Safe Care Initiative Kickoff Meeting, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Event information
- Swedish Map
- Classroom location information

Dec. 11: ICW Subcommittee Meeting, 1500 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia 98501, Room 2042, 9 a.m. to noon. Join by Webex
- Meeting Number: 803 706 652
- Password: Tribal
- Call in Number: 360-810-3022

Jan. 7: TPAC Meeting, 1115 Washington St. SE, Olympia 98501, Mt. Hood Room, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join by Webex

Funding Opportunity

Research Grants for Preventing Violence and Violence- Related Injury: Native American Tribal Governments and Native American Tribal Organizations are eligible to apply.

Job Announcements

Department of Children, Youth & Families:
- ESIT Tribal Program Consultant

City of Seattle Department of Education & Early Learning:
- Child Care Program Manager 
- Regional Early Learning Coach Managers
- Qualitative Research Advisor 
- Senior Program Officer of K-12 School Programs

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction:
- Director of Native Education 

Pacific Mountain Workforce Development:
- Program Manager

Oregon Department of Education: 
- Native American Student Success Coordinator


“Now You Can’t Just Do Nothing”: Unsettling the Settler Self within Social Studies Education by Christine Stanton 

2019 OICW/WS Silent Auction and Potluck

The 2019 Office of Indian Child Welfare Native American Month Potluck and Silent Auction took place on November 20 at the Delridge DCYF Office, and it was the most successful auction to date.  The event started off with an opening prayer from Duwamish Tribal Chairwoman Cecile Hansen and DCYF staff, Tribal Representatives, Local Native American Elders, Staff from various Native Serving Organizations, CASAs and other community members came together to share a meal, talk and peruse the items that were up for auction.

Charles Fiddler, a local Native Artist and Drummer, performed a song and drummed for the audience, and he also donated one of his original paintings to the auction.

This year’s auction had the highest turnout and an astounding $2,244 was raised through donations, raffle tickets and auction items. 100% of the money raised went directly into the OICW client fund, which is a resource that the office is able to use to purchase items and fund experiences for Native Children and Families that the department has not traditionally been able to fund. Some of these items/experiences include: pow wow regalia, drums, beads/beadwork supplies, emergency water/electric bill coverage, bus tickets for relative visits and more.

DCYF Seeks Tribal Early Learning Programs to Host Environment Rating Scale-Third Edition (ERS-3) Deep Dive Sessions

The DCYF and Early Achievers teams are continuing their work in supporting tribes that are interested in exploring alternate assessments to the tool that is currently used, Environment Rating Scale. At a series of meetings that took place over the summer, there were requests to have the opportunity to dig into the updated assessment tool, Environment Rating Scale-Third Edition (ERS-3) in order to offer feedback on its usefulness and relevance in tribal early learning settings.

Early Achievers is seeking tribal early learning programs as partners to host an ERS-3 Deep Dive Session in your region. This would be an opportunity for early learning staff, families and interested community members to dig into the updated edition of our program quality assessment tool and give input as to its cultural relevance and usefulness.

We can offer a one-to-three day session, depending on your needs and wants. We will work with you on scheduling a time and date that works well for you, such as a staff in-service day. We ask for your partnership in offering the listening sessions in a convenient location and in promoting the discussion opportunity within your early learning program community. DCYF will cover all other training details.

Please reach out to Charlotte Campbell, Early Achievers Government and Partnerships Liaison, for more information and to schedule.

DCYF is Updating Washington Administrative Code (WAC) Language

DCYF is updating WAC language* that will go into effect on December 7, 2019. Thirteen updated rules are contained in chapter 110-300 WAC (Foundational Quality Standards for Early Learning Programs) and four updated rules are in chapter 110-305 (Licensed School Age Child Care Standards).

These updates to the rules do the following:

  • Allow five years from the date of hire or promotion for a new child care center director, assistant director, or program supervisor to satisfy education requirements in accordance with Directive of the Governor 19-05;
  • Disallow a philosophical or personal objection to exempt a child enrolled in a day care center from the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (effective July 28, 2019);
  • Require child care center staff and volunteers to have received a measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine or show proof of immunity and require centers to keep these records for each staff member and volunteer (effective July 28, 2019);
  • Align child care sanitization requirements with the state Department of Health’s recommendations;
  • Ensure all classes protected under both the state and federal constitutions are identified in child care nondiscrimination requirements;
  • Clarify that child care licensing waivers will be granted at DCYF’s discretions; and
  • Make non-substantive amendments to improve readability.

*The updated WACs are 110-300-0005, 110-300-0016, 110-300-0020, 110-300-0030, 110-300-0100, 110-300-0107, 110-300-0115, 110-300-0120, 110-300-0205, 110-300-0335, 110-300-0420, 110-300-0470, 110-300-0475, 110-305-2050; 110-305-2325, 110-305-3250, and 110-305-3300.

DCYF Seeks Applicants for Washington State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC)

Applicants are wanted for appointments to the SICC for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

The SICC is mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C and established through the Governor’s Executive Order 14-03. As such, the Governor appoints the members of the Council.

Council members advise and assist DCYF in implementing the ESIT program per the federal requirements of IDEA Part C.

Applicants are sought for representation in the following vacancies on the Council:

  1. Early intervention service provider (from one of the six DCYF regions not currently represented on the council; prioritize rural community)
  2. Head Start
  3. Tribal Leader (any WA tribe)
  4. Tribal Part C Provider (Bureau of Indian Education funded)

2020 Census Resources

If you have questions or would like a presentation, please contact Alaina J Capoeman (CENSUS/LA FED) alaina.j.capoeman@2020census.gov.

Community of Practice Opportunity

January - April 2020: January 28 | February 25 | March 24 | April 28

Application Deadline: December 6

Building Quality Improvement Systems Responsive to Out-of-School-Time Programs

Each state, territory and tribal team lead will complete an application that includes information about cross-sector team members, goals for the CoP and areas of interest and expertise. Team members could include:

  • CCDF administrators and staff members
  • Quality rating and improvement system staff
  • Statewide afterschool network and National AfterSchool Association affiliate staff
  • Training and technical assistance professionals
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers state coordinators and other state education agency staff members
  • Child care resource and referral agency personnel
  • School-age providers

Apply Here

2019 Home Visiting Yearbook

The National Home Visiting Resource Center created the Home Visiting Yearbook to present the most comprehensive picture available of home visiting on the national and state levels. The yearbook provides:

  • Information on where programs operate, the families they serve and the families who could benefit but are not being reached.
  • State, Tribal and model profiles.
  • Data tables on services delivered by state and tribal awardees of the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

Read the Yearbook

Save the Date

  • Feb. 4-6, 2020: NICWA February Training Institute | Portland, Oregon | Positive Indian Parenting | Sign Up Here
  • March 7, 2020: Surprise Lake Middle School Pow Wow | Puyallup High School, 105 7th St. SW, Puyallup, WA 98371 | 1-7 p.m.
  • March 29 - April 1, 2020: 38th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference | Denver, Colorado | Sign Up Here
  • April 1-3, 2020: NICWA April Training Institute | Denver, Colorado | Positive Indian Parenting, Understanding ICWA | Sign Up Here