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August 2021

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Network Newsletter

The Cowlitz Community Network brings the community together and creates opportunities to help youth and families succeed.

Program Updates

CHILD CARE PARTNERSHIP

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Tell Your Child Care Story

Does access to quality and affordable child care impact your family? Add your comments, videos and photos to the Child Care Access Story Bank HERE.

Public Comment Period - WA Diaper Banks

Thousands of families throughout Washington are struggling to afford diapers, wipes and other essential baby products. The state legislature provided $5 million over the next biennium and charged Commerce with administering a new grant program to fund "diaper banks" in communities statewide. A public comment period is now open (until 8/25) to gather input from to help guide what should be included in the new program Email comments to [email protected].

Article: Some Washington child care facilities faced with a staffing crisis, and others are having trouble keeping enrollment up.....READ MORE

Funding Opportunity: Upcoming funding opportunities for Early Learning Facilities....MORE INFO HERE

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

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How to Help Families and Staff Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Resilience can help us get through and overcome hardship. But resilience is not something we’re born with—it’s built over time as the experiences we have interact with our unique, individual genetic makeup. That’s why we all respond to stress and adversity—like that from the COVID-19 pandemic—differently....READ MORE

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    5 Steps for Brain-Building: Serve and Return

    5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return - YouTube

    FINANCIAL LITERACY

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    FDIC MoneySmart Classes are now Online!

    Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction provides financial education for Adults and Young Adults. The training covers topics such as the basics of borrowing money wisely, using a spending plan to achieve financial goals, and how to use banking products effectively....ACCESS HERE

    Article: Research shows that attitudes, skills, and habits around money develop early. Children younger than five can’t grasp abstract financial concepts, but they can still develop fundamental skills they’ll need as adults: patience, planning ahead, prioritizing, distinguishing between needs and wants, counting and sorting, sticking to a task or activity, and keeping important things safe.....READ MORE

    Resource: Free financial wellness tools that can be used to help individuals, families, financial institutions and community partners improve the financial future of people with disabilities....ACCESS HERE

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