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Roo’s World of Discovery offers big fun, low-sensory play

All children are welcome at Roo’s World, which opened in October, but the low-sensory environment especially benefits children who might struggle in conventional playground settings.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Joanne Coriell

Joanne and all of this family have for many years taken in foster children and adopted a number of them that have been in high risk situations, injured by others and most often are special needs children.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Kristina Wendorf

Kristina helps parents raising deaf and hard of hearing children navigate how to advocate for their children, educates parents on deaf and hard of hearing issues, and provides emotional support for parents who are struggling to cope with their child's diagnosis.

How to teach your child mindful money habits

How do you teach your kids good money management skills that reflect their values? Start early and learn right along with them.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Vallerie Fisher

Vallerie Fisher is an Unsung Hero because by day she is a family support worker with Seattle Public Schools, and by night a widowed mother of five daughters; three she birthed, two adopted.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Monty Richman

Monty is a true hero because he has stepped up to provide a stable second parental figure for his grandchild, Kimber.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Joyce Mallinger

Joyce's encouragement of relative caregivers has been monumental. She always arrives with a smile, a calmness, and quiet reassurance. [she has ...] served 100's of grandparents and relative caregivers along the way.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Carrie Fannin

As a parent of a child with Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Carrie Fannin is a strong advocate for vulnerable children and a successful community mobilizer.

Debunking stranger danger, but maintaining boundaries

How to empower kids to set boundaries for themselves – while also recognizing the value of building community.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Chandra Reeves

Even after experiencing several tragedies within her family, Unsung Hero Chandra Reeves has shown resilience and a determination to keep her family strong and her culture an integral part of their lives.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Teresa Garcia

The reason I am nominating Mrs. Garcia, is because she is an example for all parents in our school, community and in the state of Washington.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Yvette Dear

I first met Yvette when I was facilitating a Family Readiness Group meeting as president of the USS Pennsylvania Blue Family Readiness Group (FRG), when her husband had just transferred from a different boat (submarine) to the Penn. The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is a command-supported organization whose sole purpose is to provide emotional support during the Sailor's time in the command.

Strengthening Families Washington Unsung Hero: Shelly Willis

Some of the Unsung Hero honorees volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All, however, are outstanding caregivers doing heroic work on behalf of children.

Wheels Up: Safe Biking with Kids

Want your kids to learn how to ride bikes safely? Show them and take advantage of the many excellent programs teaching kids how to bike safely

Dad Next Door: Superheroes in the classrooms

If we don't acknowledge and applaud the superheroes in our own lives they may disappear.

Hitting the Ski Trails with Baby in Tow

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