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Join Us Monday, March 6 on Facebook Live for Coffee Conversations!
Visit us on Facebook Monday, March 6 at 1:00 pm for our live conversation with Infant Mental Health Provider Ronda Duluoz. Ronda will be sharing more about two great online opportunities for families: Navigation After an Autism Diagnosis which shares strategies and resources, and a series of Autism Information Workshops in April for parents, caregivers, extended family and anyone else caring for an autistic child.
A Facebook account is not required to join this Facebook Live event! Simply log on to CTC’s Facebook at 1:00 pm on Monday, March 6 to tune in and get your questions answered!
Kindergarten & Preschool Enrollment Starts Now for 2023-24 Academic Year
It’s time to start thinking about kindergarten and preschool registration for the 2023 academic year! We encourage you to think NOW about getting your child enrolled.
Below is a list of school districts and their websites. This list includes ECEAP (Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program) and Head Start programs.
ECEAP and Head Start Programs
Federal Way School District
Auburn School District
Enumclaw School District
Tahoma School District
Kent School District
Kindergarten / Kindergarten Registration (kent.k12.wa.us)
Kent Early Learning and Preschool
Early Learning / Preschool Programs (kent.k12.wa.us)
Tacoma School District
Bethel School District
Clover Park School District
Franklin Pierce School District
Tukwila School District
Kindergarten Enrollment – Tukwila School District (tukwilaschools.org)
Highline School District
Kindergarten – Highline Public Schools (highlineschools.org)
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
Infant Massage Class at CTC
Deadline to sign up for the class is March 10!
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
Community Conversation Event Tuesday, February 28
For families with preschool and school aged children who qualify for services from the Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA).
Visit www.piercecountyWA.gov/DD to learn more and register.
Washington Fatherhood Council Presents Fifth Annual Fatherhood Summit May 16-18, 2023
The Washington Fatherhood Council is a collaborative, transformational group of more than 35 state and local providers, academics and — most importantly — fathers with lived expertise, which helps further the goals of reducing poverty and inequality. They offer resources focused on the improvement of service providers around the state, connecting dads to resources they need help finding, and bringing fathers with their lived experiences into these discussions.
Learn more and register for their Fatherhood Summit here: https://wafatherhoodcouncil.org/