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The Center for Child Well-Being is launching a new Lunch & Learn program featuring presentations on a variety of topics ranging from education, early childhood programming, advocacy, and so much more. The goal of these presentations is to bring together people from all facets of child well-being in an informal atmosphere to collaborate and learn about programs and practices that positively affect children. Grab your lunch and join us virtually!


Upcoming Lunch & Learns

There are currently no Lunch & Learn sessions scheduled. Please check back regularly for updates. 

Past Lunch & Learns: 


May 26, 2021 – 12:00 pm pdt

Beyond the Statistics: We Are Not the Story You Have Made of Us. 


Join mothers and their children-who are Alumni of the Family Preservation Project; an intensive family reunification program serving women incarcerated at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, and their children, for a screening of Brian Lindstrom's powerful short documentary film,“Like a Shield” followed by a panel discussion. 


Through this presentation, we will unpack the age-old statistics around children of incarcerated parents and highlight what is possible for youth when we intervene. 




Nova Sweet, LCSW & her children Marco and Malique
Family Preservation Project  Lead Community Organizer


Vanessa Sherrod & her children, Roxanna and Sophia 
Family Preservation Project Peer Support Specialist


Brian LIndstrom  
Filmmaker, “Like a Shield”


Jessica Katz, MSW
Family Preservation Project Founding Director



March 30, 2021 – 11:00 am pdt

Together from the Beginning: Early Head Start and the Residential Parenting Program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women

From pregnancy through release from prison, mothers and their infants/toddlers live together in the Residential Parenting Program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women. Learn about the unique 22-year collaboration between Puget Sound Educational District/Early Head Start and the Washington State Department of Corrections from the staff who work in the program. Learn how the partnership has adjusted to continue delivering support and services during the pandemic. Most importantly, mothers who have participated in the program will share their thoughts regarding what they and their child experienced, and the impact it has had on their lives.


Rita Dierck
Early Head Start Family Educator
Puget Sound Educational Service District   

Natasha Roberts
Early Head Start Program Manager
Puget Sound Educational Service District

Larry Ball
Residential Parenting Program Classification Counselor
Washington State Department of Corrections

Jenni Nicewonger
Past RPP/EHS Parent

Maijah Villamil
Former RPP parent
Current Early Head Start Program Parent, being served virtually 


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