A Message from DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter

DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter

April 6, 2021 Issue

Recent News

Caregiver Recruitment & Retention Team Hosts Virtual Event

Camp to Belong Washington Accepting Applications

COVID-19 Related Travel Guidance for Caregivers

ECEAP Family Support: Beyond Parent Education

Green Hill Launches Peer Mentoring Program

Green Hill Youth Celebrate Black History

Immunization Reminder for Students in Foster Care

Reverse Matching Adoption Event

Share a Story to Help Strengthen Families

Tribal ECEAP During COVID-19: Spokane Tribe

Tribal ECEAP During COVID-19: Tulalip Tribes

Recent Reports

Child Care Licensing Innovations

Child Care Pilot Training Module

Child Welfare Workload Model

Family Reconciliation Services Data

Improving Child Care Affordability & Sustainability

Kinship Navigator Services Evaluation

Newborn Home Visiting Program

Outdoor Preschool Pilot

Outdoor Preschool Pilot Final Legislative Report

Update on Network Administrator Procurement Efforts

Upcoming Events 

Provider Supports Subcommittee Meeting: Wednesday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LGBTQ+ Committee Meeting: Thursday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

State Interagency Coordinating Council Meeting: Wednesday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice Quarterly Meeting: Thursday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Outdoor Preschool Advisory Group Meeting: Monday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, registration links, or questions about these events, please contact DCYF Community Engagement.

DCYF staff plant pinwheels on Capitol Campus.

DCYF Observes Child Abuse Prevention Month in Washington State 

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is joining other states and organizations across the nation for Child Abuse Prevention Month to acknowledge the powerful work that parents, primary caregivers, and community members do every day to help children succeed.

DCYF is participating in the month-long, nationwide awareness and impact campaign: “Growing a Better Tomorrow for All Children, Together.” In support of these efforts, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Washington State.

“Washington families have faced immeasurable stressors and hardships this past year, and we honor each and every one of you for your strength, resilience, and perseverance,” Inslee said. “Parents and caregivers across the state are supporting their children and families in exceptional ways through this pandemic. Communities stepped up and stood together to support one another.”

To raise awareness about child abuse and neglect prevention, DCYF’s Strengthening Families Washington team is participating in the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign – distributing nearly 15,000 pinwheels across the state to symbolize the joy of childhood and that every child deserves a happy, healthy upbringing.

Our goal as an agency is to get upstream of child abuse rather than just responding to it. There are huge barriers between marginalized families and the services they need, and our prevention work is aimed at removing those barriers.

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Resources to Support Families and Prevent Child Abuse

Thank you for doing your part to support families, care for children and youth, and keep our communities safe.

We’ve compiled a list of publications that can help you recognize the signs of child abuse. The presence of a single sign does not prove child abuse is happening in a family. However, when signs appear repeatedly or in combination, you should take a closer look at the situation and consider the possibility of child abuse.

Find more resources here

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DCYF and OSPI Celebrate 45th Anniversary of IDEA

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and DCYF held a second virtual event on March 22, 2021, to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Together, we celebrated Washington State’s journey over the last 45 years of providing education, resources, supports, and services to infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and their families.

Learn more about the history of IDEA from the U.S. Department of Education.