SFWA Winter Newsletter

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SFWA Winter Newsletter

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Seeking Nominations for Unsung Heroes

Since 2011, with your help, we have honored 253 parents and caregivers in Washington for the roles they have taken with their families, schools and communities. They have been recognized because they have shown strength, courage and empathy in their communities. We also acknowledge that this year, parents and primary caregivers have been called upon more than ever to be the buffer for the traumatic experiences that our world has been facing. Parents and caregivers around Washington State are supporting their children, families and communities in exceptional ways through this pandemic and we want to show our appreciation.

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SFWA Resources

Children's Trust of Washington Fact Sheet

Home Visiting Services by County

COVID-19 Parent Guide

Strengthening Families Washington Coloring Book: download and print in English or Spanish

Request a mailed copy of the coloring book: Strengthening Families Washington

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Brochures and Publications

Speak Up When You’re Down: Postpartum Depression

Have a Plan: Shaken Baby Syndrome

Infant Safe Sleep: Safe Sleep for your Baby

Join Sasquatch for Another Activity Adventure

Activity Packet

Need a fun activity for you and the kids? We’ve created a print at home activity packet. Join our friend Sasquatch as he practices some social distancing and learn about the protective factors to support all families during this stressful time. You can print at home for your own use, or share out with your networks.


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Welcome to Our New CBCAP Programs!


InterCultural Children Family Services (ICCFS) will offer the Chicago Parenting Program (CPP) to primarily African American families in South King County and surrounding areas. CPP is a class series that occurs twice per month for six months for two hours. There will also be one class per month focused on African American fathers. The program will serve 50 parents per class. CPP uses video vignettes, discussion, role play, and practice assignments in areas such as building positive relationships with children and child behavior management skills.

The CPP is a curriculum that has been widely used in Central and Eastern regions of the U.S. ICCFS is the first program to offer this curriculum in the Western U.S., and are working closely with the model designer to evaluate if the CPP program needs to be adjusted in order to be culturally relevant to this region.

HIP of Spokane (dba Community Minded Enterprises)

Community Minded Enterprises (CME) will offer a Multigenerational Recovery Play and Learn group to families with children ages birth to 5 in recovery homes in Spokane. Play and learn groups will be held weekly with six family events in addition. CME will be using Kaleidoscope Play & Learn as the foundation for the play and learn group, but will be offering additional activities that families can use to engage with older children as well. Families will be encouraged to include extended family or friends in the play and learn groups to also increase the social connections for families. Topics will include child development, age-appropriate expectations and activities, strategies to support social and emotional competence of children, and positive discipline strategies.

CME will be working with early learning experts to modify the KPL activities to be appropriate for older children to make the activities relevant for the whole family. There will also be supports in place for extended family members to engage and help support the family while parents complete their recovery work.

Comments Needed: Statewide Early Learning Coordination Plan

The Draft Washington Early Learning Coordination Plan is a cross-agency effort to work with parents, caregivers, early learning professionals and community partners to set goals and design strategies to improve the state’s early learning system. The current plan features a focus on eliminating long-standing inequities in early learning for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and other marginalized communities. We need partners and community members to provide as much feedback as possible. 

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News and Resources

Reduced Cost Service Guide: Washington State Economic Services Administration (ESA) and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) have created a Reduced Cost Services Guide. This guide highlights a variety of products and services available in or near Washington State that are offered at reduced cost for people meeting certain income levels.

WA Notify: Gov. Jay Inslee, along with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), recently announced the launch of WA Notify, a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19. By adding WA Notify to their smartphones, Washington residents will be alerted if they spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests positive for COVID-19.

WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology jointly developed by Google and Apple and works without collecting or revealing any location or personal data.

WA Notify is free and can be enabled in iPhone settings or downloaded as an app from the Google Play Store for Android phones. Users can opt out at any time. Several states including Virginia, New York and Colorado are using this tool. Countries successfully using this technology include Ireland, Canada and Germany.

Care Connect Washington: As COVID-19 surges across the state and country, anything we can do to stop the spread is vital to emerging from the pandemic. To that end, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has launched Care Connect Washington – a federally funded, state-supported program with a locally centered approach to support people who need to remain in home isolation or quarantine because of COVID-19.

DOH, working with local health jurisdictions and their partners, will introduce Care Connect Washington on a region-by-region basis. Each region will set up a network of community-based partners that will connect people to services they are eligible for, such as medication delivery, health care, help to apply for unemployment, local housing agencies, food banks, child care providers, and more.

People who are actively isolating and quarantining at home can reach Care Connect Washington directly by calling the program hotline at 1-833-453-0336 daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Budget Announcement: Inslee announces Washington’s historic commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with a funding package that includes $365 million for equity-related budget items.

Funding Opportunity: Perigee Fund Request for Proposals: Design Phase for Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) in Washington State. Perigee Fund seeks a design partner to develop a groundbreaking GBI pilot program in one to three communities across Washington State to support parents from pregnancy to age 3 (due Jan. 7, 2021).