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Reading often to young children is a good idea.

A major component of the Early Childhood Development strategy is focused on supporting families with young children. Parenting education and home visiting are both family strengthening and prevention strategies that yield high social and economic benefits for children and parents and society at large. We have invested heavily in parenting education since 2001. More recently, we have become an advocate for parenting education programming and the development of an overall parenting education system in Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif. In addition, we are doing some exploratory funding in a related, but more intensive home-based type of parenting education: home visiting.

 Parents are their children’s most important teachers

Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative

Our strategy builds heavily on past investments, successes, and lessons learned from the Enhancing Skills of Parents Programs in the deployment of the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC). OPEC is a funder collaborative with The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust and The Collins Foundation. Oregon State University provides expertise for the funders and technical assistance to OPEC grantees and is also tasked with the OPEC’s evaluation. 

OPEC envisions building a parenting education system across Oregon via parenting education “Hubs.” Hubs are defined as coalitions who work with community partners to deliver high quality parenting education services while building a more coordinated parenting education system within a defined region. There are currently 12 Hubs, covering 19 counties across Oregon with one site in Siskiyou County, Calif.

Further Reading

In addition, see "Resources" at the bottom of this page.

home visiting

Home visiting is called out in the research as a valuable intervention for children’s healthy emotional and cognitive development.  Because of research findings and national-level campaigns about its impact, home visiting services, programs and systems are in great flux in Oregon and across the nation. Given Oregon’s federal home visiting grants, its nacient statewide systems model for home visiting, and changes recommended by the Governor’s Early Learning Council, our involvement is both strategic and informative.

Oregon’s Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting website has information about the state systems work, as well as details about the Maternal Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) federal grants, and home visiting models operated around the state.

In addition, see "Resources" at the bottom of this page.

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