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Celebrating Black History Month: Mae Jemison
  • First African American female astronaut in space.
  • Orbit aboarded the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1992
  • She began college at Stanford University to study chemical engineering when she was only 16 years old.
  • Jemison is a trained dancer.

“The really wonderful thing that happened to me when I was in space was this feeling of belonging to the entire universe.”

Learn more about Mae Jemison: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/mae-jemison

Infant Massage Class at CTC

Introducing a five-week infant massage class for caregivers and babies that are enrolled in CTC’s ESIT services. Massage class will be led by a certified educator of infant massage. The instructor will demonstrate on a doll while caregivers massage their baby. Infant massage practice can be a relaxing time shared between caregivers and babies.

A few benefits of infant massage include: bonding and attachment between baby and caregiver, reduced stress, colic and gas relief, muscle relaxation, positive touch experiences, early communication, improved self-regulation, improved sleep, and so much more!

  • Class times: Wednesdays from 3:45pm- 4:45pm (one hour)
  • Class Dates: March 22, March 29, April 12, April 19 and April 26
  • Location: ESIT House at CTC Kent, 10807 SE Kent Kangley Rd Bldg. B, Kent WA 98030

Deadline to sign up for the class is March 10. Sign up for class by contacting Kelsey Finn, Infant Massage Instructor and Occupational Therapist.

  • Email: kelsey@ctckids.org
  • Phone: 253-457-2042

Once you are signed up for class you will receive additional information on class and a participant waiver form. We ask that only one caregiver attends each week.

Early Childhood School Community at the University of Washington

The Experimental Education Unit (EEU) at the University of Washington in Seattle offers a comprehensive early childhood school community that provides inclusive education to children with and without disabilities.

If you are interested in learning more about enrollment in developmental preschool programs please visit their website at eeuschool.org.

Applications for the EEU lottery can be found on the school choice page. Families are instructed to fill out the school choice form for EEU pre-K and kindergarten located towards the bottom of the page by February 28.

Music Club Comes to Maple Valley

As a non-profit community music school, Music Works Northwest offers accessible music education and a music therapy program for students of all ages and skill levels. They now offer Jam Club hosted by the Maple Valley Youth Orchestra at Taylor Creek Church.

They offer programs for different ages groups and take DDA as a form of payment. 

Important Updates for Families Receiving Food Benefits and Apple Health

Food benefits are changing for families who received additional temporary emergency food benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency food allotments are ending in February and your food benefit amount will decrease to normal benefit levels beginning March 2023. Please visit their website to learn more: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/online-community-services-office-cso

The Washington State Healthcare Authority extended extended coverage for all Apple Health (Medicaid) clients during the Covid-19 pandemic, but those benefits are changing. Please visit their website to learn more: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAHCA/bulletins/342a82a