Advocating for Equity

The January Partnership Meeting of the Pierce County Early Childhood Network will be our annual Advocacy Kick-Off Event! Join us to learn how to connect with lawmakers and advocate in your community, in advance of the 2022 legislative session.

Telling Your Story with a Purpose Workshop

Do you want to make your voice heard? Join us for this free 2 part virtual workshop on advocacy and leadership and learn to:

-identify a policy or systems issue where you would like to make a difference.

-follow a process that can be used to develop a 2-3 minute presentation for delivery to decision-makers.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Join us for our first Youth Mental Health First Aid of 2022! YMHFA teaches adults how to provide immediate help to youth who are in a mental health crisis. Space is limited and open to residents of Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, and Pierce.

Clallam Resilience Project Meeting

January is a great time to find some ease!

Join Rachel Hardies, from New Growth Counseling Services, as she introduces exercises that, with practice, can help you navigate life with more balance and ease. These “ease keys” are part of a larger curriculum designed around sharing breath and relaxation practices tied to neuroscience to help bring ease to our nervous systems, and the ways that we are walking through life. She will present practices that can help in times of stress and help individuals to build resilience that they can then bring to their families, jobs, and relationships.

Pediatric Complex Care Seminar: Shared Decision Making

Collaborative Conversations with Families to Advance the Clinical Care of Children with Medical Complexities and Disabilities (C6) is a 10-part seminar series that builds on an international study, completed in 2020, designed to highlight key clinical research questions for the care of children with neurodisability and medical complexity.

The series is led by complex care pediatricians Dr. Eyal Cohen and Dr. Catherine Diskin from the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, and Dr. Rishi Agrawal from Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, as well as Family Voices representatives Nora Wells, Cara Coleman, and Kate Robinson.

Each one-hour seminar will be hosted on Zoom and will include a panel of national experts, both clinical and caregiver. Seminars will begin with an overview of the topic and a conversation on shared decision making in pediatric complex care. The goal is to build a community of practice. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share insights, and engage with the panel.

Family caregivers, youth, and friends of children with medical complexity (CMC) are welcome to join along with health care professionals, researchers, policy makers, and anyone invested in advancing clinical care in CMC.

U.S. Access Board Webinar: Equity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities face significant barriers to accessing primary and preventative health care. It is important for medical care facilities and equipment, such as exam rooms and tables, diagnostic instruments and machines, and patient bedrooms and bathrooms, to be fully accessible to people with disabilities. This U.S. Access Board webinar on equity in health care for people with disabilities will feature presentations on standards and resources related to health care accessibility, including inclusive medical equipment, health care facility design, information technology, and communication devices and systems. Members of the public will be able to pose questions during the event.

Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For further information on registration, visit the Access Board website or contact Rose Marie Bunales at

Learn more about the U.S. Access Board

The Value of Addressing Youth Alcohol and Other Drug Use

“An Ounce of Prevention Has Never Weighed More: The Value of Addressing Youth
Alcohol and Other Drug Use”

Effective prevention around alcohol and other drug use can have direct impacts on substance
use by youth, adolescents, young adults, and our communities at large. Yet, science shows that
what we do about substances can also have impacts elsewhere, including student success and
academic outcomes, mental health, and suicide. In this presentation, we will review research
that highlights the incredible value of prevention, ways in which what successes in substance
use prevention will pay dividends elsewhere, and the important role of parents/caregivers in
supporting a prevention message.

Jason Kilmer is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of
Washington and serves as an investigator on several studies evaluating prevention and
intervention efforts for alcohol, cannabis/marijuana, and other drug use. Dr. Kilmer is a
graduate of the Port Angeles High School Class of 1987.

This presentation is open to the public. Register for this webinar at

Una Serie Especial de Radio en Espanol de Kindering

Sintonice la estación de radio KKMO, El Rey 1360 AM o en línea en a la 1 p.m. el martes 4 de enero para una transmisión especial en español presentada por Kindering para padres de niños con ne-cesidades especiales. ¿Sabías que 1 de cada 10 niños está expuesto al alcohol o las drogas antes del nacimiento? Durante este programa, aprenderemos más de Jennifer Salgado, terapeuta bilingüe de niños y familias de la Clínica Hope RISING para la exposición prenatal a sustancias. Jenn asistió a la Universidad de Washington, donde obtuvo un título en estudios de la infancia temprana y la familia y salud pública; Posteriormente obtuvo una maestría en psicolo-gía infantil y la adolescencia. Jenn compartirá información acerca de los riesgos de la exposición prenatal a sustan-cias y qué intervenciones y evaluaciones están disponibles y son efectivas. Sintonice para conocer cómo la exposi-ción prenatal a sustancias puede afectar el desarrollo infantil y qué podemos hacer para enfrentar esta epidemia silen-ciosa.
Kindering acoge a todos los niños con diversas habilidades y a sus familias, al ofrecer una educación de alta calidad y terapias que cultivan la esperanza, el valor, y las habilidades necesarias para remontar el vuelo


Tune in to radio station KKMO, El Rey 1360 AM or online at at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 4th for a special Spanish-language broadcast presented by Kindering for parents of children with special needs. Did you know 1 in 10 children are prenatally exposed to alcohol or drugs? During this program, we will learn more from Jennifer Salgado, a bilingual child and family therapist at Hope RISING Clinic for Prenatal Substance Ex-posure. Jenn attended the University of Washington where she earned a degree in early childhood and family studies and public health; She later went on to earn a master’s degree in child and adolescent psychology. Jenn will share information about the risks of prenatal substance exposure and what interventions and assessments are available and effective. Tune in to learn about how prenatal substance exposure may impact child development and what we all can do to address this silent epidemic.

Kindering embraces children of diverse abilities and their families by providing the finest education and therapies to nurture hope, courage and the skills to soar.