A Message From The Office of Tribal Relations: DCYF Updates

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A Message From the Office of Tribal Relations

January 12, 2021

Start with Equity: 14 Priorities to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Early Care and Education


The Children's Equity Project (CEP) published a new report, Start with Equity: 14 Priorities to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Early Care and Education.

The report was created in partnership with Equity Research Action Coalition at the UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institutethe National Black Child Development Institutethe Council for Professional Recognition, the National Indian Child Care Associationthe National Head Start Associationthe National Association for the Education of Young ChildrenThe Education Trust, and the BUILD Initiative.

The report outlines 14 critical priorities and actionable policies that federal and state policymakers can immediately and concretely utilize to advance equity in the early care and education system. It was authored by Dr. Shantel Meek, Dr. Iheoma U. Iruka, Dr. Rosemarie Allen, Dawn A. Yazzie, Dr. Veronica Fernandez, Dr. Evandra Catherine, Dr. Kent McIntosh, Lisa Gordon, Dr. Walter Gilliam, Dr. Mary Louise Hemmeter, Dr. Darielle Blevins, and Dr. Tunette Powell.

In December, the CEP hosted a virtual discussion with leaders in the field about the new report and to discuss how we can move forward with a bold equity agenda for our youngest learners together.

You can find the full report and recorded webinar here.

Job Opportunities

Bloomberg American Health Initiative: Four Tenure Track Positions. Application Deadline: Feb. 28. Apply here.

Children’s Home Society of Washington: National Family Impact Program Manager. Open until filled. Apply here.

King County Office of Equity and Social Justice: Equity Cabinet. Application Deadline: Jan. 29. Learn more and apply.

Look, Listen & Learn: 2 Native Advisory board members and a Marketing Specialist.

Puyallup Tribe: Tribal Court Guardian ad Litem. Open until filled. Apply here.

University of Washington School of Social Work: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Integration Specialist. Priority application date is Jan. 21. Learn more and apply.

Washington Courts: SBCT Statewide Coordinator Position For the Safe Babies Court Team. Open until filled. Apply here.

Obama Foundation Scholars Opportunity

Obama Foundation Scholars at Columbia University Program is seeking 12 emerging global leaders for its next class of Obama Foundation Scholars at Columbia University. The application is extended to all individuals making significant contributions within their communities, regions, and around the world. Applications close at 2 p.m. on Feb. 5. Click here to learn more!

Remembering Hank Adams

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A Message from Brian Frisina, Tribal Program Consultant for the DCYF Early Support for Infants & Toddlers Program

It is a very sad time in Indian Country with the passing of Hank Adams, lifelong activist, on Dec. 21 at the age of 77. He negotiated peaceful ends to some of the most dangerous standoffs in modern Indian history.

I want to remember Hank for all he has done for Indian people and for all people. One of my last memories of Hank is from November 2018 at the American Indian Heritage Month Celebration (see photo). I am grateful for these memories.

Hank will be truly missed.

Learn more about the extraordinary life of Hank Adams:

Early Learning Integrated Plan - Survey

The Office of Tribal Relations is sending this message on behalf of the DCYF Early Learning Programs Division's Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) team. The PDG team has opened up a survey available through Jan. 31 regarding the Washington State Early Learning Coordination Plan.

DCYF's PDG and Office of Tribal Relations teams would like your participation in this survey, which is included here on the DCYF website along with relevant documents. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Funding Opportunities

  • ACF Grant Opportunity: Focusing on the creation of a quality improvement center for development, implementation, and evaluation for engaging youth in finding their own permanency. State governments and small businesses are eligible to apply. For more information or to apply, click here.

Upcoming Meetings, Events, and Training Opportunities

  • Jan. 13, 2:30-4 p.m.: (Rescheduled) DCYF Strategic and Racial Equity Plan: Create a High-Quality B-8 System | Zoom | Passcode: $35?^b | Provide feedback on the draft Strategic and Racial Equity Plan by filling out this survey.
  • Jan. 19, 3 p.m.: The University of Arizona Arizona State Museum Presents: American Indian Boarding Schools Stories: Presence, Absence, Silence and Ghosts. Presented by: Dr. K Tsianina Lomawaima. Register here.
  • Jan. 21, 9-10:30 a.m.: Washington Communities for Children (WCFC): Regional Conversation in the Olympic-Kitsap Region. Please register in advance.
  • Jan. 21, 8 p.m.: #BurkeFromHome Trivia Night with special guest The Center for American Indian & Indigenous Studies. Spend a cozy night in with some #BurkeFromHome trivia fun!
    The top three winners at the end of the game will each win a pair of free tickets to the Burke Museum so you can come visit the museum once it reopens. The first place player also wins a gift card to Optimism BrewingLet's Play!
  • Jan. 26, 3 p.m.: The University of Arizona Arizona State Museum Presents: American Indian Boarding Schools Stories: Three Generations of the American Indian Boarding School Experience. Presented by: Dr. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie. Register here.
  • Jan. 28, 9 a.m. to Noon: TPAC | Zoom | Meeting ID: 829 0136 3031 | Passcode: 495153
  • Jan. 29, 12-1:30 p.m.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Integrity of Tribal Juvenile Court Process as a Foundation - Adjudication Alternatives. Register here.
  • Feb. 3, 9 a.m.: Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in collaboration with the Harvard University Native American Program Present: Impact of Unresolved Trauma on American Indian Health Equity. Join here.
  • Feb. 3, 2:30-4 p.m.: DCYF Strategic Plan and Racial Equity: Create Successful Transitions to Adulthood | Register here.
  • April 11-14: 39th Annual Protecting Our Children: Connectedness, Resilience, and Persistence. Register here.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Discussion Group

The purpose of the discussion groups is to gather feedback from behavioral health workers and stakeholders on their experiences and opinions on what types of ACEs tools would be valuable to their work, how best to host and share those tools, barriers, and gaps to addressing ACEs in their communities, as well other ACEs needs. Input from the discussion groups will be used to inform materials developed and outreach regarding ACEs tools. 

  • Discussion Group 1: Exploring ACEs: Jan. 13, 12-2 p.m. Register here
  • Discussion Group 2: Strategies to Prevent and Address ACEs: Feb. 3, 12-2 p.m. Register here
  • Discussion Group 3: ACES Needs and Tools: Feb. 24, 12-2 p.m. Register here