2019 Kindergarten Transition Grant

For the fourth year we are happy to announce our Kinder Transition Grant Application for school districts. Districts in Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook counties can apply for funds to support successful transition into kindergarten for children and families. If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact Elena Barreto at ebarreto@nwresd.k12.or.us.

The kindergarten transition grant supports districts with: 

  • Providing early and multiple connections for families and children to their elementary school

  • Providing social and emotional skill building for children and information to their parents on how to support social and emotional skill building at home

  • Providing meaningful, evidence-informed family engagement through which:

    • Families leave knowing more about what their child should know or be able to do (the learning/developmental goals) at that grade/age level

    • They leave knowing how (through practice) to employ a new tool or activity at home to support those goals

As of the Fall 2018, we've supported over 750 children and their families with the transition to kindergarten. Data collected from parent surveys shows that over 90% of parents report feeling welcome at their child's school and feeling that their child is ready for kindergarten, after participating in a kinder transition supports.

Tillamook Early Childhood Screening Fair, January 23-24, 2019

Sign up today for the annual Tillamook Early Childhood Screening Fair. The fair is for all 2-6 year olds, regardless of income! You can complete your annual well child check at the fair. Your child will receive 12 comprehensive screenings including

  • Physical

  • Nutrition

  • Vision

  • Hearing

  • Child Development

  • Behavior

  • Dental

  • Speech

  • Lead

WHEN: January 23-24, 2019

WHERE: Tillamook County Fairgrounds, 4603 Third Street, Tillamook

HOW: Call for an appointment 503-815-2292

Door to door transportation available. Ask when you call.

YOUR STORY: Tell us what health & well-being means to you

Through November, Columbia Pacific CCO staff will be conducting surveys to learn more about what health and well-being means to you. Your stories will be compiled to build a community definition of health and well-being that will be used to guide how we invest resources, including money and time, into improving health in your community, and how to ensure that all members of the community have opportunities to be healthier.

Look for opportunities at community gathering places until Nov. 9, 2018.

If you would prefer, you can also take a survey online. The surveys can be done in English or Spanish. Your voice is important. Be sure to participate!

Trauma Stewardship Training November 13th

We are excited to be partnering with Community Action Team, Inc, NW Healthy Families, and Head Start to bring Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute, to our region for a FREE training!

Join us at the Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center on November 13th 9:30AM - 3:30PM for training, lunch, and workshop! This is a FREE event! Register NOW with this link.

At The Trauma Stewardship Institute, they focus on raising awareness of and responding to the cumulative toll on those who are exposed to the suffering, hardship, crisis, or trauma of humans, living beings, or the planet itself.

The Institute was founded in 2011 by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others.

Their expertise lies in:

  • Raising awareness of the cumulative toll on individuals, organizations, institutions, movements, communities, and society as a whole as a result of being exposed to suffering, hardship, crisis or trauma

  • Facilitating conversations on systematic oppression and liberation theory

  • Responding to acute trauma, whether individual or collective

At the Institute, their aim is to create a larger, cross-disciplinary movement that helps decrease isolation and works toward building a critical mass of those striving for sustainability

Resource Guides are Live!

In July we announced we were putting together a resource guide specifically for families with children 0-5. We are happy to announce all three of our counties - Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook - now have guides that are up and live!

As a reminder these guides LIVING DOCUMENTS, meaning we'll be regularly updating and if you see a resource not listed or if we learn of a new resource in the community, we'll be able to update it quickly!

Check out your county guide by going to our RESOURCES page on the website.

Training & Professional Development Opportunities - Scholarships Available

As the new year school year is about to kick off, we know there will be a lot of conferences with training and professional development opportunities. Northwest Early Learning Hub is excited to offer scholarships to support early childhood and early grade educators to participate in training and professional development.

Here are a few training and conferences that educators in our region have attended in the past and found valuable learning opportunities.

Opal School Visitation Days October 25-27th -  This workshop invites participants into a study of Opal School children (age three through grade five) and teachers at work. Consider how approaches that view children’s social-emotional, intellectual, creative, and academic qualities as strongly interlinked support growth. Because we know that it’s hard for participants to leave their classrooms so early in the year, this professional development retreat is shorter than our other school-year offerings and runs into Saturday morning.

COSA 2018 Early Learning Conference November 7-9th - In it's sixth year, this conference energizes and empowers attendees to face changes and gain skills.  With over 50 sessions, exciting networking opportunities, and thought-provoking speakers, attendees will leave exhilarated and more prepared to serve students and families.

Oregon Association for Comprehensive Education Jan 24th - 26th, 2019 - The annual conference of the Oregon Association for Comprehensive Education brings the best in teacher and parent education. Workshop and symposium topics have included migrant education, early learning, parent strategies for student success, trauma informed practice, and more.

Red Light, Purple Light: A Self-Regulation Intervention Program - This online, self-paced, expertly-designed course gives you the training needed to implement evidence-based self-regulation activities in early childhood learning settings. The Red Light, Purple Light intervention focuses on a series of music- and movement-based circle time games that can be used to promote young children's self-regulation at home and at school. In this online course, you will learn everything they need to know to implement Red Light, Purple Light successfully.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities and would like to apply for a scholarship from NW Early Learning Hub, please email Victoria Tijerina-Beach at vtijerina-beach@nwresd.k12.or.us

Early Childhood Community Resource Guides

We are grateful for our many community partners that are helping us put together an early childhood focused community resource guide. We heard from parents and partners that while it is great to have county wide resource guides, it would be helpful to have something specifically focused on families with children birth to age 5.

Rather than re-create the wheel, we are pulling from existing resource guides and reaching out to partners to put together these Early Childhood Resource Guides. This guide will be a LIVING DOCUMENT, meaning we'll be regularly updating and if you see a resource not listed or if we learn of a new resource in the community, we'll be able to update it quickly!

Our first guide for Columbia County is LIVE and we are working to get Tillamook and Clatsop County live by the end of July. You can access Columbia County Early Childhood Resource Guide below:

Once completed, you can access the Tillamook and Clatsop County guides through our Resources page on this website.

If you have any questions about the guide or resources to add, please reach out to Elena Barreto at ebarreto@nwresd.k12.or.us.

Summer Newsletter

Happy Summer!

Though many of us are wrapping up one of the busiest times of the year and heading into a slower, more relaxed (hopefully) summer season, there will still be lots of great things happening in early learning in our communities.

This newsletter we are highlighting summer Kindercamps hosted by our school districts and some early literacy opportunities including summer story hours brought to us by local libraries.

~NWELH Staff (Dorothy, Eva, Elena, & Victoria)


FREE Books! Dolly Parton Imagination Library Now Enrolling


We are excited to announce that Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is up, running, and open for new families to enroll in Clatsop, Tillamook, and Columbia Counties!

Imagination Library is a book-gifting program for children birth to age 5. Each month an age appropriate book is mailed directly to the enrolled child's home at no cost to the parent.

Families can enroll directly using the links below:

If you are a program that would like to start enrolling kids, please contact Elena Barreto at ebarreto@nwresd.k12.or.us.

Libraries Rock! Summer Storytimes & Reading Programs

Libraries Rock! Summer Storytimes & Reading Programs

This summer season don't forget to check out all the awesome programs happening in our libraries! Story times for families, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, movies, sleepovers, and more!

A full listing of events happening across Clatsop, Tillamook, & Columbia County can be found here!


1st Edition Quarterly e-newsletter: Spring News & Highlights

Check out our first ever e-newsletter brought to you by your team at Northwest Early Learning Hub: https://conta.cc/2GhxO5G 

We hope you will enjoy this first newsletter that includes information on kindergarten registration events, kindergarten transitions grant work, preschool promise highlights, implementation of parent cafes to support parent to parent connections, brain building & nurturing development work, and a podcast featuring Oregon's new Early Learning Director.

 ~NWELH Staff (Dorothy, Eva, Elena, & Victoria)

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