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Donate Your Used Musical Instruments at Folklife

Give your unused musical instruments a new life by donating them to Music4Life at the Folklife Festival.

How to Get Money for Your Favorite Community Project

This year, NMF will award $3.2 million dollars to community-led projects that strengthen our communities, such as cultural festivals, community space improvements, public art, community organizing, and much more.

Teach Kids to How to Call 911

To help teach your kids about how to use 9-1-1, a variety of free downloadable resources are available including a 911 emergency song and an educational coloring book.

Donate to "Teddy Bear Patrol" for Kids in Trauma

Your donation of a teddy bear in April helps kids in stressful or traumatic situations

Sea-Tac Airport Triples Number of Nursing Pods

The Port of Seattle has added two more nursing pods for traveling families

KidsQuest Children's Museum Grand Opening January 31st

KidsQuest Children's Museum has a spectacular new home much closer to Seattle families.

KEXP "Mom Show" Airs Thursday

DJ John Richards offers a musical salve for the pain of loss.

On-site child care programs cut at Seattle schools

Schools already bursting at the seams will need to make more classrooms available as SPS starts to lower class sizes to 17 students per teacher from kindergarten through third grade, which will be required by the state in 2018.

Teens encouraged to participate in city "idea assemblies"

Idea Assemblies are being held to brainstorm potential city projects; these are the foundation for what will be on the ballot in May.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Todd Crooks

Through it all, Todd is the rock. He is the one we all turn to when we need help, advice, or just that loving hug. He gently guides, is strong, and sometimes cries in private. It’s not been easy, but we have 4 stellar young adults, who are strong, kind, and supportive to others because of the role model they had in their dad.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero Sonia Dye

Sonia is humble and yet very knowledgeable about infant brain development and early childhood practices. She is a quiet and gentle spirit often in the midst of fractured lives and dysfunctional families.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Janell Hantel

Janell volunteers at least three days per week at the school, either in classrooms or the office, as well as serving on the ECEAP Parent Advisory Council.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Keoki Kauanoe

Keoki has shown remarkable courage, strength, and empathy as he has inspired many, many men to to do better in their role as fathers.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Sabin Hogue

Sabin is intrinsically in-tune with the unique strengths and needs of her children, holds high expectations, but meets each child at the their current level.

Advocate for Kids at Have a Heart for Kids Day in Olympia this Tuesday

Bring the kids for a lesson on democracy! Organized by Children's Alliance, Have a Heart Day for Kids provides a chance for you to get trained on how to advocate and make sure your legislator hears about issues related to kids.

Strengthening Families Washington 2016 Unsung Hero: Henrietta Price

Mrs. Price is a Seattle great-grandmother still involved in her community as a concerned grandmother to all the children and parents of the Leschi school community.

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.

Battle Ground 9th Grader Wins WA Google Doodle Competition

Vote for your favorite kid-created doodle for the new Google logo.

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.

Reminder! Mail your ballot to support school levies!

Your ballot must be postmarked by Feb 9 to count.

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.

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.

Outgrown coats piling up? Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive ends Feb 7

Coats, boots, snow overalls - any outerwear that help keeps a child is needed. Donated items will benefit Wellspring Family Services, Queen Anne Helpline and Northwest Center serving Seattle and King County.

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.

The local faces of an international refugee crisis

Life in this country does come with many things that refugees lacked in their home countries, like accessible food, safe places to live and clean water, but it also comes with extraordinary struggle and the potential for backlash, shame and prejudice.

Parent Buzz: Parents and educators urge school district not to defund inclusive kindergarten program

Get outdoors on Black Friday with free entrance to two Washington national parks

REI is encouraging folks to #OptOutside instead of participating in Black Friday shopping – and Washington's National Parks Fund is following suit.

The Woodland Park Zoo's newest baby gorilla is thriving

The Woodland Park Zoo is helping their gorilla Nadiri's newborn baby adjust to life in the zoo.

Seattle high school students will have a later start time thanks to a school board vote

Start times are shifting, with some schools starting as late as 9:35 am.

Seattle City Council adopts a resolution to open up access to affordable housing

Bid adieu to Pike Place Market's gum wall before it's cleaned

The gum wall is getting scraped clean after twenty years of chewy additions.

Seattle Humane Society and the Sounders team up to find homes for pets in need of adoption

Check out cute animals up for adoption and support the Sounders.

Obama's joy at seeing White House trick-or-treaters captures his leaderly spirit

SPS will vote this week whether to maintain a partnership with the Alliance for Education

Will Seattle Public Schools continue a twenty-year relationship with the nonprofit?

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