Children & Families

In response to the extraordinary stressors that Covid has placed on families, the Children and Families Task Force seeks to activate our communities, which are known for stepping up and creatively meeting the needs of our kids, to:

  • Break down silos
  • Make resources easier to access
  • Identify gaps in services

The task force will focus on near-term, implementable goals but recognizes that poverty, insecure housing, and behavioral health are fundamental problems that must be addressed strategically to improve long-term outcomes.

Projects Proposed for CARES Act Funding

Action Description Cost & Timing SPONSOR
1. Family Resources Navigator


Centralized hub for families to access resources.  Support community organizations.  Advocacy for families.  Asset mapping of community, resource scan and mitigate gaps.  Convening of partners and collaborators.  Development of website for resources, phone number.


$55,000 YMCA
2. Childcare Support Funds The purpose of these funds is to ensure that families have access to safe, affordable child care. Due to the current hybrid model for providing classroom education, working families are faced with needing all-day care (versus before- or after-school) that may cost up to triple what they would normally pay. These funds will provide child care subsidies for low- to moderate-income families who do not qualify for or who are in the process of qualifying for state assistance through the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF); and to supplement state assistance as needed for families who are already receiving support through DCYF.


$31,500 YMCA
3. Proctor House Study Lounge Providing a room for kids struggling with absenteeism for study, support, FFT.  This is a way to reach kids that “dropped out of sight” when school went virtual.  Proctor House would provide a structured space for these kids to participate in school activities, planning, tutoring and support.  Ages approx. 13-17.  Kids, parents, school staff/ teachers, probation counselors, truancy boards or courts can all refer.  Schools are supportive and see need, 15-20 kids identified already. Expected capacity approx 20-25 kids.


$9000, Jefferson County Juvenile Services/ Proctor House
4. Stress Management & Emotional Resilience for Teens To support stress management and emotional resilience training programs for adolescents ages 11 to 19 in the areas of Port Townsend, Chimacum and Quilcene in Jefferson County in 2021.The Benji Project addresses an unmet need in an innovative way. Using an evidence-based curriculum based on mindfulness and self-compassion, our programs build skills in stress management and emotional resilience for all teens. This provides a protective factor and meets them much earlier on the risk continuum than other initiatives. Mental health resources for
adolescents are very limited in the county, and those that exist primarily work with teens whose mental health problems are already acute. 
$15,500 The Benji Project
5. Case Management for Foster Care Volunteers Case management for volunteers to support foster familiesAngels’ current volunteer load (85) and children served (33) are at maximum
capacity for existing case-management staffing levels.
● Case-management duties include volunteer recruitment, vetting, training,
and matching, as well as continual education and support.
● To meet the challenges presented by COVID-19, our goal is to recruit 80 new
volunteers, serving an additional 30 kids in care. 
$10,000 Olympic Angels
6. Fall COVID Protection PR Campaign 1. Create new, recurrent sensory stimulation reinforcing the need for ongoing and persistent COVID prevention in our at risk community.
2. Targeted education and communication of cold weather COVID preventions measures and strategies for implementation.
3. Consider new information communication related to the current, predominant  transmission pathways and trending chronic medical conditions resulting from acute COVID infection. 
$7,000 DEM/ JEffCo cares
7. Jefferson County Library: Storywalk StoryWalks are an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to signs installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you are directed to the next page in the story. $5,000 Jefferson County Library

Group Members

Aleah Pine
Barb CarrJefferson County Juvenile Services
Beulah KingsolverDove House
Apple MartineJefferson County Public Health
Cherish CronmillerOlyCAP
Ciela MeyerOESD, Chimacum Schools
Jean ScarboroJumping Mouse
Jennifer James WilsonPTSD
Natalie MaitlandFort Worden
Pam Roberts
Sarah RubensteinPTSD
Trish BreatherdBrinnon Schools
Wendy BartYMCA
Mitch BrennanChimacum Schools
Tamara MeredithJefferson County Library
Jenny VervynckPTSD
David CodierDepartment of Emergency Management
Denise BankerJefferson County Public Health
Anne KoomenJefferson Healthcare

Liaison and Chairs

Kate Dean

Kate Dean
Jefferson County Commissioner D1

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