Across Washington State, there are 42 local Community Public Health and Safety Networks actively working in collaboration with urban, rural and tribal communities to reduce rates of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and foster resiliency in children exposed to them.
Locally, the Skamania Klickitat Community Network works to reduce ACEs and strengthen family stability in the rural communities it serves by providing parenting information, programs, support and resources.
It maintains an extensive website devoted to parenting resources; publishes and distributes a monthly parenting newsletter; connects schools, social services and other organizations to community resources; and has a substantial lending library of books, CDs, DVDs, curriculum and other parenting-based publications.
On Feb. 12, the Skamania Klickitat Community Network will host a free public training about ACEs at the White Salmon Community Library beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch will be provided.
Lori Call with Washington Gorge Action Program's Transitional Housing recently collaborated with the Skamania Klickitat Community Network to put on a series of parenting classes in Goldendale for local families.
"The parents who attended learned how children grow and develop; better ways to communicate with children and positive discipline methods that work with children of any age," she said. "Reducing stress and improving family connections were also emphasized. For some new moms and dads, it was the first time they ever had a chance to learn this kind of information and they reported feeling better prepared as parents after taking the classes."
For more information on Community Public Health and Safety Networks and the work they are doing across Washington State, contact Laura Porter, director of Planning, Performance and Accountability with the DVR/ACEs Partnership, at 360-902-7885.