First Five Years & Beyond September Newsletter
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Dear Parents,

We had a very successful Back to School event, providing families of school age students with backpacks and school supplies. First Five Years & Beyond and Best Starts for Kids of King County have already been in collaboration over other projects such as Help Me Grow to support parents in their journey to support their children’s growth. With their support, we were able to secure enough backpacks from Costco and school supplies from Staples to kick off the 2021-2022 school year!

Each backpack was filled with essential school supplies such as pencils, notebooks, pens, markers, masks, and more. Though times are still uncertain, we made sure that these students will enter the school year well equipped.

We would like to graciously thank those who helped set up, fill and transport these backpacks to the event location!
New Website Launch

Thank you for being a valued First Five Years & Beyond subscriber to our newsletter and content. We're excited to announce the relaunch of — a fresh, fully accessible site that is seamless to use across all your devices. We now have the ability to register for events using the platform, and provide a wealth of information on the services we provide, and link to an abundance of parent resources relevant to First Five Years & Beyond’s mission.

Promoting First Relationships (PFR)

As First Five Years & Beyond continues to do developmental screenings (ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE) with families, we have enhanced our capabilities to serve children and families birth to 5 in more ways by incorporating Promoting First Relationships (PFR).
PFR is a training program through the University of Washington dedicated to promoting children’s social-emotional development through responsive, nurturing caregiver-child relationships. FFYB parent providers are working with parents to train them in the use of practical, in-depth, effective strategies for promoting secure and healthy relationships with their children.
All children are born into this world totally dependent on the relationships they develop with their parents and their caregivers, the people who are closest to them. These first relationships are the foundation for young children’s growth and development in social, emotional, behavioral, language and cognitive domains. We believe that parents will leave this program with a better understanding of how to foster their children’s emotional growth and needs. For more information, visit their website.
Issuing COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

The Washington State Department of Health launched a new program June 1, 2021 that is aimed at delivering COVID-19 vaccines to communities that have been undeserved throughout the pandemic. 
First Five Years & Beyond is proud to partner with the DOH to offer free COVID-19 dose 1 or dose 2 on Saturday October 2, 2021. Complimentary snacks and giveaways will be available while supplies last. All are welcome!

Would you like to know how to best talk to children under 7 about the Coronavirus? Manuela Molina is the author of this free CoviBook designed to assist parents in the conversation about COVID-19 with their children. She says, "This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on a fantasy. My recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share COVIBOOK and help ease kiddo's anxiety all over the world. With love, Manuela Molina (the author)".
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn (KPL)
Every Saturday we invite you to come to our KPL sessions for babies and toddlers at 11:30am - 12:30pm and children of all ages from 12:30pm - 1:30pm. 
KPL is an effective way to help caregivers learn more about child development, how children learn and what they can do at home to help their children in their care grow and learn. 
Our evaluation shows that the majority of caregivers not only learn what they can do, but they also report that they are doing more things at home to support early learning (e.g., reading books more often, teaching children to count, participating in other early learning activities). 
Through KPL, caregivers learn that they do not need fancy toys or equipment or degrees in child development to make a positive difference. They can help children learn by supporting them, talking with them and providing them with time and attention and things at home that they can explore and play with.

No questions too big or small. Call 206-504-9560. WE CAN HELP!

First Five Years & Beyond
Providing parents with the skills, tools, and resources needed to support their children 206-504-9560
302 W. Harrison St, Suite 101 Kent, WA 98032