Volume 04: Issue 3 | March 2021
~ Legler family enjoying time together ice fishing on Kangaroo Lake
Valuable information, suggestions and wisdom from a parent's perspective!
Chad Welch, DCPCF
Community Impact Coordinator - Education
Family Fun for March Spring Breaks from School - Door...

February 10, 2021by: Chad Welch, Community Impact Coordinator - Education Go skiing or snowboarding. Gear up this March Break and take a couple of days to hit the slopes with the family. Not sure where to go, check... Continue Reading →

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Struggling to Afford Internet? The Emergency Broadband...

In this look at the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, Consumer Reports says eligible families will get up to $50 per month to help defray the cost of decent broadband and $100 toward a computer.

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Spotlight on Family Health
Tax Credits for Low and Moderate Income Families

The national Get it Back Campaign provides information on several federal tax credits that are not discussed in-depth on this site, including the Child Tax Credit, Child & Dependent Care Credit, Education Tax Credit, and Saver's Credit. This...

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3D - Dollars During Development

Children learn about money from talking to adults and watching how others spend, save, share, and borrow money. UW-Extension has created these Parent Guides for popular children's book about money. The guides provide discussion questions to talk...

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Recent suicides in Door County have sounded an alarm in our community.  From 2015-2018, a total of 22 lives were lost in Door County due to suicide. In 2019, the county had 7 deaths by suicide. According to the Brown County Medical Examiner’s Office, which serves Door County, 2020 saw at least 7 deaths by suicide in Door County. This count is preliminary as the cause of death had not yet been finalized for several other cases still under investigation.
A recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control found increases in suicides and suicidal ideation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 11% of American adults reported seriously considering suicide in June 2020. This is roughly double the percentage for June 2019. The rate was highest among 18-24 year-olds (25%) and unpaid caregivers for adults (30%). The report also found the rate of individuals reporting symptoms of depression and anxiety was 3 to 4 times higher than last year. 40% of Americans reported some mental health or substance use concern related to the pandemic.
Statistics from the Door County Department of Health & Human Services crisis system would also suggest an increased prevalence. Calls to the emergency crisis line increased from 664 in 2019 to 729 in 2020. Sadly, some who need help the most do not reach out for help in advance, and friends and family members do not notice any warning signs.
The Door County Mental Health Focus Group is embarking on a campaign to turn this tide. Look for lighthouses around the county in the coming weeks with messages of hope and suggestions for how to help. Working together, we can make a difference and achieve zero suicides in our community.

Door County Crisis/Suicide Intervention 24/7 Hotline (920) 746-2588
or text "HOPELINE" to 741741. Text message based free service by Center for Suicide Awareness. For Spanish, text "APYO" to 839863

Family Fun in the Community
Winter Activities For Families - Door County Parents

Ice Skating Rinks:Teresa K Hilander Community Ice RinkSturgeon Bay Ice Rink Sledding Hills:Sister Bay Sports ComplexBig Hill Park in Sturgeon BayIncinerator Hill in Sturgeon BayHill at 17 in Fish Creek Cross Country Skiing:Cross Country Skiing in ...

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Connecting with Other DC Parents
Next Parent Café is compliments of Sevastopol on March 25th at 6PM but all DC parents are welcome
Supporting Literacy in Door County
If your family, or you know of a family that is in need, please reach out to Rebecca for assistance. Housing, utilities, infant needs (diapers, wipes, etc),
FREE and CONFIDENTIAL support for ANY Door County family raising children in Door County or an individual enrolled in K-12 schooling whom has not yet graduated. A Community Connector is a parent peer who has experienced challenges of their own, received Door County services and has learned how to advocate for their family.
Contact Rebecca Nicholson for assistance and support regarding the following:
  • Rent, utility, food assistance
  • Infant / toddler basic needs
  • Children's mental health / disability support
  • Vehicle repair and purchase assistance
  • Anything else related to raising a family
Rebecca Nicholson
(920) 421-3145 call or text
or fill out an interest form and she will contact you
Door County Partnership
for Children and Families

Everyone is Welcome!
March 12, 2021 (8:15am-9:15am)
Online via ZOOM

The Partnership quarterly meeting is open to any Door County parent / community member. You are especially encouraged to attend our quarterly Partnership meetings to hear what the Partnership has been working on. This program is family-centered and it can be very helpful to get feedback from community members so please be sure to share any feedback or suggestions you may have, we want to hear your voice! 
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Door County Partnership for Children and Families, please contact:

Rebecca Nicholson
Community Connector
(920) 421-3145