“Be Child Wise” Parenting Workshop, May 11th 2019

“Be Child Wise” Parenting Workshop

Saturday, May 11th 2019

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, Whitefish MT


Important Information:

Registration is now closed.

The workshop runs from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Agenda and Course Description are available under Workshop Downloads.

Be sure to register soon, as seating is limited!

*Cancellation Policy: Full refund (less $50 processing fee) if canceled 72 hours prior to the conference. No refund after this deadline.*


A limited block of rooms are being held until April 10th at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake – GROUP ID: CHLDWISE

Reserve your room today!


Workshop Downloads


A Very Special Thank You to our Sponsors:






‘Be Child Wise’ eBook Now Available!

The ‘Be Child Wise’ Book and Workbook help parents identify why their child’s behavior can sometimes stir up their emotions and how they can make effective changes within their families.

We are thrilled to announce that there is now an eBook version available on Amazon!


Toxic Stress Crisis Poised to Take Center Stage on National Health Agenda

Toxic stress leader tapped for historic post in Newsom administration as national advocacy group ramps up for aggressive screening effort

San Francisco, CA — The toxic health crisis, one of the most underreported and serious health conditions in the United States affecting as many as 35 million children, is moving under a giant spotlight this week, with historic new leadership on the issue and ambitious new advocacy efforts.

California Governor Gavin Newsom’s appointment today of toxic stress leader Dr. Nadine Burke Harris as the state’s first surgeon general is a ground-breaking step and an important validation of the need for greater awareness of toxic stress. Burke Harris is the founder of the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) and has been its CEO for the last six years and is the author of “The Deepest Well,” a landmark book about toxic stress. CYW is the nation’s leading toxic stress organization, with a robust advocacy and education arm and a network of pediatric clinics that screen children for risk of toxic stress.

With Dr. Burke Harris’ appointment, the CYW Board has named longtime Bay Area community healthcare leader, James H. Hickman, as interim CEO. Hickman is taking the reins immediately and working with the CYW team to seize on groundbreaking initiatives from the Newsom administration and the California state legislature, including new toxic stress screening legislation.

Toxic stress can happen when children experience serious trauma — like abuse, domestic violence or a parental mental illness — it can impact children’s growing brains and bodies including their immune and hormonal systems and can put them on a lifelong path toward chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Nadine’s appointment as Surgeon General of California. Without her vision of establishing CYW in the first place, the necessary spotlight to direct resources to educating parents, caretakers and physicians on the importance of trauma and the dangers of toxic stress in children may never have occurred,” said Mary Pang, board chair of CYW. “Nadine now takes the power of her voice and vision to Sacramento, working alongside policymakers to effect change and creating a healthier California for all of us.”

“Governor Newsom’s vision to address healthcare from a preventive, rather than reactive, frame reflects a keen appreciation of the latest science as well as a deep commitment to the health of California children and families,”said Dr. Burke Harris. “I am honored to serve in this capacity and will work hard to support the health of all Californians.”

With Governor Newsom and Sacramento putting an even greater emphasis on toxic stress, the work of CYW will be amplified and its advocacy efforts fortified. Hickman has over twenty-five years of experience in senior level positions in the nonprofit, government and private sector. In these roles, he galvanized system change as a social impact practitioner to help create, fund, and promote mission-aligned innovators for the common good. His policy portfolio notably includes serving on the National Advisory Committee for the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers’ National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs.

“This isn’t so much an organizational transition as it is an acceleration of our work to raise awareness about toxic stress so that more parents get their kids screened and treated,”said Hickman. “We are hard at work to build on the incredible accomplishments of Dr. Burke Harris and look forward to watching her achieve incredible things as our state’s first surgeon general.”


Welcome Caitlin Jensen

Caitlin is the Director of the Zero to Five Program Office – a new initiative funded through the Headwaters Foundation in partnership with the ChildWise Institute, the University of Montana’s Center for Children, Families and Workforce Development, and Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies – the Montana Coalition.

Caitlin began her career in early care and education working in a Seattle Head Start classroom 15 years ago. Her experiences working with young children and families in low income communities, both locally and internationally, led her to pursue her Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis on policy and advocacy at the University of Washington. She completed her Maternal and Child Health Leadership fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital prior to moving to Montana in 2010. She has enjoyed her time working on state and local initiatives involving Early Head Start/Head Start, child care, workforce/professional development, home visiting, and early childhood infrastructure development in communities across the state. She worked in Washington State as the Head Start Collaboration Office Director at the Department of Early Learning and moved back to Montana to continue supporting early childhood initiatives as the director of Montana State University’s Early Childhood Project. Her passion for social justice and in the intersection of education and public health have led her on a career path for the pursuit of health and wellbeing of all children.

She was born in the small town of Wolf Point, Montana and lived in Missoula and St. Ignatius as a young child before her family moved to Olympia, Washington. She loved her summers with family in Helena and Circle, and always looked forward to building a life in Montana. She is thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of the Zero to Five Program Office and looks forward to the great collaborative work to come through this unique and important initiative.

To learn more about Zero to Five, please visit https://www.zerotofive.org/.

Headwaters Foundation Awards $16.7 Million for Children’s Resilience

We are honored to be working with Headwaters, UM Center for Children, Families and Workforce Development and Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies on “The Zero to Five initiative”.


The Missoula-based Headwaters Foundation has announced a six-year, $16.7 million initiative focused on building resilience in children up to age 5 in Montana. 

The Zero to Five initiative will seed locally driven community collaboratives in three areas — healthy pregnancies, positive parenting, and school readiness. To that end, the foundation will invest $5.2 million to establish a program office at the University of Montana that brings together the expertise of the UM Center for Children, Families and Workforce DevelopmentHealthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, and the Childwise Institute and serves as a go-to resource for community collaboratives and key stakeholders working to strengthen programs serving children and families in the state.

Developed after a year of meetings with community and Native American leaders, as well as those working to improve the lives of children in the fifteen western Montana counties served by the foundation, Zero to Five will fund sixteen community collaboratives — one in each county plus a collaborative focused on Native Americans. This year, Lewis and Clark, Silver Bow, Flathead, and Missoula counties will receive implementation grants of $200,000 each to begin their work, while planning grants of $50,000 were awarded to Lincoln and Mineral counties to prepare for implementation grants they will receive in 2019. Collaboratives in the other communities will come online gradually.  

“Headwaters is honored to launch Zero to Five on behalf of Montana’s children,” said Headwaters Foundation CEO Brenda Solorzano. “When we asked the communities we serve how we could best allocate our resources, they told us without hesitation to focus on the children. They also told us to let communities lead the process. We’re proud to say we’ve done both.”

*article from http://philanthropynewsdigest.org/news/headwaters-foundation-awards-16.7-million-for-children-s-resilience

Effective & Positive Parents Raising Healthy & Happy Children

We all want to be effective and positive parents raising healthy and happy children. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. The Be Child Wise book and workbook help parents identify why their child’s behavior can sometimes stir up their emotions and how they can make effective changes within their families.

Want to learn more? You can:

Read the first chapter at ChildWise.org/book

Attend the Be Child Wise workshop on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Lodge at Whitefish

Fall Summit – Sept. 20 & 21, 2018 – Speaker Spotlight: Denis Estimon

Watch this video clip of Denis Estimon and “We Dine Together” the student led movement he created. Another inspirational story about the Power of One!


For more information, visit: childwise.org/2018-fall-summit

Register soon – seating limited – we do anticipate selling out!

Fall Summit – Sept. 20 & 21, 2018 – Speaker Spotlight: Andrea Darr – Director, W.V. Center for Children’s Justice

Andrea will discuss a promising initiative, Handle With Care between schools/child care agencies, law enforcement and treatment providers.  For more information, visit: childwise.org/2018-fall-summit       #FallSummitThePowerofOne


Fall Summit – Sept. 20 & 21, 2018 – Speaker Spotlight: Dan Griffin, M.A.

Dan is an internationally recognized author, thought leader, and expert on men’s relationships and masculinity. Dan will discuss the power fathers have in the overall success of their children’s lives. Engaged fathers can help children better develop physically, emotionally & socially increasing their health and happiness.  For more information, visit: childwise.org/2018-fall-summit     #FallSummitThePowerofOne

Fall Summit – Sept. 20 & 21, 2018 – Speaker Spotlight: Jim “The Rookie” Morris

Watch the video clip for our keynote speaker, Jim Morris, and his inspirational story about the Power of One! #FallSummitThePowerofOne     

For more information, visit: childwise.org/2018-fall-summit

Register soon – seating limited – we do anticipate selling out!



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