August 28, 2020 - ESIT Weekly

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Evergreen Stream. Art by Jahla Brown, ESIT Stakeholder Engagement Specialist

I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act. It is an act that can be met with hostility, exclusion, and violence. It can also lead to love, understanding, transcendence, and community.❜ 
— Janet Mock, Redefining Realness.

Networking Sessions

PT/OT Statewide Networking Sessions
Second Wednesday of each month Wed., Sept. 9 | 8-9 a.m.
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Meeting ID: 601 453 6349 

Statewide Home Visitor Collaboration 
Mondays | 12-1 p.m.
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All welcome!

Statewide FRC Networking Sessions 
Third Thursday of every month
Sept. 17 | 1-2 p.m.
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ESIT Spotlight: Noel Parrish


We are thrilled to welcome Noel Parrish to the ESIT state team as our new Sustainability Manager. This position will provide expert advice and consultation regarding effective resource allocation, distribution, expansion and sustainability for the ESIT program at all levels. This includes supporting us in developing and sustaining systems for maximizing access to available resources such as expanded third party billing.

Noel is a resident of Olympia and has lived here most of her life with her 15-year-old son. She comes to DCYF with more than 14 years of state government administration experience in finance, budgeting, policy, process improvement and organizational development. She is an alumni of The Evergreen State College and holds a bachelor of arts degree in business management. She is also very involved in humanitarian and social efforts regarding food and water sustainability, tribal sovereignty, poverty alleviation and ending human trafficking. She loves gardening and spending time in nature on hikes, fishing, swimming and being with her family.

Welcome to ESIT, Noel! 

Tribal Term of the Week


Hi, my name is Brian Frisina, DCYF ESIT Tribal Program Consultant. Each week, I will provide a key term to help support us all in getting to know our Tribal Nations partners better.

This week’s term is: Turtle Island

For some Indigenous peoples, Turtle Island refers to the continent of North America. The name comes from various Indigenous oral histories that tell stories of a turtle that holds the world on its back. For some Indigenous peoples, the turtle is therefore considered an icon of life, and the story of Turtle Island consequently speaks to various spiritual and cultural beliefs.

One adaptation of the story, from the Anishinabe people, of how Turtle Island came to be can be found here: What is Turtle Island?

Turtle Island

Turtle Island,
article by  Amanda Robinson and edited by Michelle Filice, Nov. 6, 2018. The Canadian Encyclopedia, Historica Canada, funded by the Government of Canada. 

What is Turtle Island?, The Canadian Centre for Gender+Sexual Identity,© 2017 CCGSD.

Dose of Data

Dose of Data

Statewide Issued Initial IFSPs have been effected by the current pandemic, but how does 2020 data compare to 2019 data? The graph below illustrates the breakdown across all racial data points that the current DMS collects, encompassing January through June for both 2019 and 2020. Between 2019 and 2020, there was a 29% decrease in Statewide Issued Initial IFSPs (January through June data) with variances across all racial data fields. Please see the graph for individual racial collection data points.         


Source: Data Management System Reports, Federal, Federal CT1 and CT2 details

Credit: Data pull and graphics by Kali Wraspir, D-SAT Data Coordinator

Questions? Email Shane Kolle, ESIT Data Analyst, at     


Get Involved! Join an Action Team

Parents, caregivers, community members, providers and early childhood champions are invited to help design the expansion of a unified Help Me Grow (HMG) Washington, starting with kick-off sessions on September 29 and 30! We are currently recruiting HMG Action Team members in six areas: Coordinated Access Point, Family & Community Outreach, Child Health Care Provider Outreach, Data Collection & Analysis, Equity and Advocacy.

If you are interested in serving on one of the HMG Action Teams, please:

Action Teams will be centered on values of racial equity and inclusion, and will launch with two half-day virtual sessions September 29 and 30, facilitated in partnership with the National Equity Project. We are committed to making this opportunity accessible to all, so let us know if interpreting services, technology or other accommodations are needed.