April 2024

Please join the jubilee! 

There is so much to celebrate right now like the passing of HB 4082 which is an unprecedented first step towards increased summer enrichment programs for all!

SPEAKING OF SUMMER, our annual fundraiser is fast approaching at The Reser Center in Beaverton on June 6th.  This annual event provides over 1/3 of our operating budget thanks to many wonderful donors and sponsors.  Please get your tickets early.  We look forward to an evening of great company, food, and drink celebrating the successes of the past year!

Our very special guest is Oregon State Representative Susan McLain who successfully stewarded HB 4082 to fruition.

There are vital sponsorships available from $250 to $5000 with the latter being your exciting opportunity to become the events Presenting Sponsor.  We welcome and thank all sponsors willing to help Washington County Kids continue driving our mission forward.  

Reserve your spot here!

Please enjoy the rest of our newsletter which includes opportunities and resources for the entire Washington County community.

Larry Crepeaux
Executive Director
larry@washingtoncountykids.org


Ongoing activities for…

PARENTS

PARENT SPEAKER SERIES
Our first parent speaker series of the year is a vital one for parents of kids with access to technology.  Our guest speaker is from the Portland FBI, and they know how to report SEXPORTATION and help someone facing this serious issue and most importantly the knowledge they share may help prevent it from happening.  Please join us on May 1st at 6pm for this virtual and free session.
Register here.

PROVIDER SURVEY
If your child is currently attending any afterschool care somewhere in Washington County, please complete our parent survey.
The survey responses will help strengthen our mission to increase funding and support for out-of-school-time programs that enable success for children and youth in Washington County.

PROVIDERS

NEEDS ANALYSIS NEXT STEPS
Please save the evenings of May 28 & June 25, from 6:30-8:30pm to attend the Washington County Commissioner Meetings in support of our Needs Analysis proposal.  More info to come!

ATTEND THE GALA!
New this year – we have a special offer to our provider friends – a limited amount of reduced cost tickets – please reach out to Larry directly for the ticket link.

HELP US FOCUS ON PROVIDERS – YOU!
If you haven’t yet attended a Focus session, please do!  Our next one is Friday, April 26th from 10-11am. ZOOM LINK

 

Focus on Providers Meetings

  

Next, please join the next FOCUS ZOOM conversation on Friday, April 26th from 10-11am as we Focus on you!
Afterschool or summer providers, please consider joining any (or all) of our monthly Focus on Providers events!  These informal one-hour Zoom discussions about what Providers are facing and accomplishing in our county including networking, resource sharing, and community development opportunities.
Hosted by Larry Crepeaux, Executive Director

Afterschool Parents – We need your help!

Our first-ever survey of afterschool parents is live!

We need the help of all parents in Washington County to gather data about afterschool participation.  The survey responses will help strengthen our mission to increase funding and support for out-of-school-time programs that enable success for children and youth in Washington County.
The survey should take approximately 2 minutes to finish.

KATIE’S KORNER:  Katie Riley, President

Busy, Busy, Busy

We are busy getting ready for gala!  Of course, you know about our gala coming up on June 6th, but you might not realize that this is a unique fundraiser that offers an opportunity to have a really great time!  We are excited to have State Representative Susan McLain be our keynote speaker.  She is one of the most important advocates for afterschool and summer programs in the legislature.  We also will have providers attending the event.  And we will have some very tempting items for our silent and oral auctions.  Have you ever thrown an axe?  Well, we have a gift certificate so you could have that experience at the Blue Ox Axe Throwing. Did you ever want a letterman’s jacket? Or socks with your local high school logo?  LaHaie’s in Hillsboro makes those items!  You could get a gift certificate to apply to those purchases.  Those are just two of many items tucked into our silent auction portfolio.  We are also working on other surprises.

We are hopeful with the passing of HB 4082 that momentum will increase as we continue meeting with school district representatives about summer and afterschool programs.  Plus, we are advocating for Washington County to do a needs analysis for these programs.  No one knows how many kids are being served in these programs in the county or the consequence – who is NOT being served.  Are you interested in working with us on this issue?  Would you be willing to join with us in attending a Board of County Commissioners’ meeting to advocate for the needs analysis?  If so, send me an email at katie@washingtoncountykids.org  Let’s fill the auditorium to advocate for afterschool and summer programs for kids!

Katie
Board President & Founder
katie@washingtoncountykids.org

Board Member Reflection

Provider Partners Work Together

Arriving at Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH)’s Greenburg Oaks Apartments in Tigard, I immediately noticed the large off-street parking lot and next, the equally large, fenced play areas with a basketball court in the back of the facility. The exterior of the apartment building was well-kept and attractive. Walking to the community room with windows all around, I could hear happy children’s laughter and saw a few children inspecting the display table outside guided by Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD)’s Nature Education Team employees who brought lots of materials about insects. Another THPRD employee directed a spiderweb game on the playground.

Inside was another table staffed by a THPRD’s REC Mobile Team employee directing an arts and crafts project. Also, on hand were Renee Kim (CPAH resident service manager), Seng Saechao Leese (CPAH youth services coordinator), Lizzy Duarte (resident services coordinator) and Alexis Jagelski (a CPAH intern majoring in social work at PSU).

In attendance were about 15+ children (K – 7th grades) and 3 parents with more expected. The occasion: The Monthly Youth and Family Event. The most exciting parts of the afternoon were the food and the 5 raffles, which were activities that kept the enthusiasm level very high! On the menu were pizza, submarine-Subway sandwiches, bananas, oranges, cookies, and water. For the first four raffles (spaced dramatically 15 minutes apart) a snack package and a sports drink could be won, and for the grand finally, a basket of fun activities and snacks. The winner was 5-year-old Sweet Alma who quickly took the basket straight up to her apartment.

I could not help but admire the ingenuity and organization of all the adults involved and vicariously absorb the excitement of those lucky children enlightened by this monthly experience.

CPAH provides affordable rental housing, and they currently offer afterschool activities to children of residents.  Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District offers activities to area residents, including 4 afterschool locations.  Both organizations are provider partners of Washington County Kids.

Claire Morgan
Washington County Kids Board Secretary and liaison with CPAH.

PARENTS:  Resources & Connections

Youth Leadership Opportunity
Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon is seeking a passionate and dedicated youth to shape the future of school meals in Oregon and serve as the School Meals for All (SMFA) Coalition’s Youth Advisory Leader., Part-time paid position for youth 16-18 yrs.  Learn more at https://oregonhunger.org/employment.

NAMI Family to Family educational course.
8 session educational program for family, significant others, and friends of people with mental health conditions.  Mondays (except for Memorial Day) May 13 – July 8th  Contact Christy@washconami.org

$ Talking Money with Kids $
Need some help in getting your kids to be more financially responsible?  An excellent resource for parents is available through a YouTube video developed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. They summarize the Key Takeaways:

  • Seize the moment to talk about money with kids from the car seat onwards. Financial literacy starts in the home and then school.
  • Every money conversation sends a message to kids about values. Frugality is fine but explain the reason and purpose.
  • Manage college expectations based on your family’s income. Start conversations early about your ability and willingness to pay.

Parent Supports
Need support paying for child care? Check out how to qualify for programs here.

Dad’s groups
Dads of young children have groups to share their experiences.

Health Coverage
Are you losing Oregon Health Plan coverage or need to update your eligibility?  Check out this information.

Your Kid and Substance Abuse
Do you think (or know) that your child is using substances that they shouldn’t be using?  A new article,  ‘Stepping in When your Child is Using Substances,” has some useful tips for parents and other caregivers to assess the situation and engage in helpful conversation to deter further use.  The Partnership to End Addiction has a step-by-step approach to answer questions and help you take action.  The article and other useful information are included in the
Resource section of our website.