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First Step Family Support Center receives generous gift from United Way and the big-hearted people of Clallam County.

First Step Family Support Center will receive support from United Way of Clallam County through $10,000.00 in allocations from the Community Care Fund and $4,862.67 from community donor designations, totaling $14,862.67! These funds will directly benefit vital programming that assists families all the way from Brinnon to Forks.

Here at First Step, we offer over 18 different programs that promote the healthy development of children and families. The Drop-In Center in Port Angeles is one very important program that is run by First Step. This Drop-in Center provides a place where parents find support, from other parents and from the staff and volunteers that run it. It is a place that families can access tangible resources that they need to provide for their families (clothing, diapers, household goods, books and food). It is a place for parents to learn about their child’s development and a place to let their children play with toys and books that expand their child’s world.

First Step also has several home visiting programs such as the Parent Child Assistance Program that works with substance abusing families and the Parents as Teachers program that provides twice a month home visiting services to higher risk low income families. This program focuses on child development, child screening, goal setting and providing referrals to other community resources. There are multiple parenting classes offered throughout the year and weekly play groups as well as a program that reaches out to very isolated families with resources that they need. First Step also provides programs that promote child safety such as the Safe Sleep program and the Car Seat Safety projects that provide safety education and resources such as safe cribs and safe car seats to families that need them. All of these programs are designed to address building protective factors into the lives of families and couldn’t be offered without valuable support and contributions from the community and United Way.

First Step is here to assist parents with information, resources and support. We encourage parents to be attentive and invest in their child’s physical, cognitive and social development. A positive and nurturing parent/child relationship is crucial to a child’s sense of wellbeing and safety and their healthy social and emotional development is key to later school readiness and success. We are here to assist parents so that their children can fully maximize their potentials. Being a parent is such important work!

~ Venita Lynn, Executive Director

Midnight in Paris 2019 – Save the Date! Sept 21st

ParisPlease save the date for First Step’s 11th annual Midnight in Paris Soiree! .

Jefferson Community Cafe

First Step Family Support Center invites you to our free Community Cafe! Come eat a lovely dinner with your family, and participate in a conversation highlighting parents’ experiences and perspectives. Registration is FREE and easy!

When: Wednesday, October 24th
Where: First Step Family Support Center
325 East 6th Street, Port Angeles
Contact: Minnie (360) 457-8355 or

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The Harvest, strategizing our community approach to aces/near sciences

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Callis Insurance Newsletter

Nonprofit Spotlight: First Step Family Support Center
First Step Family Support Center is a happy place where families come to learn, to play, to get resources that they need to keep their children warm and safe, and a place where families find caring staff members that want the best for parents and children.
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Community Cafes

Community CafesFirst Step Family Support Center will be holding two Community Cafes trainings. The first one at the Olympic Educational Service District in Bremerton (Saturday, April 21) and the second one at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Red Cedar Hall (Friday, May 18) in Sequim. Child Care will be provided. Light breakfast & box lunch will be served.
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