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We are happy to announce that date for the 2016 Learn, Grow, Thrive: Building Family Fun event will be Saturday, February 20th in the Werner Building on the campus of Western Oregon University. This FREE event is for families, child care providers and early learning professionals. 


The goal of the “Learn, Grow, Thrive: Building Family Fun” event is to support parents and caregivers by providing an opportunity to LEARN about their young child's development and offer a chance for the parent and child to GROW together. Our desire is to see children and families THRIVE individually, as a family unit and as a part of the entire community.


October marks the start of fall, and with it shorter days and longer nights. Fall is a great time to sit around a campfire to roast some hot dogs, toast marshmelloes, and tell ghost stories. While everyone can enjoy a good s'more, ghost stories can be very scary to little ones and keep them up at night. This issue of Oregon Parenting Together will focus on making sleeping time feel safe for children of all ages. Click here to read the October Oregon Parenting Together newsletter.

Back to School: What It Means for Drivers

By Mid-Valley Parenting of Polk County 09/04/15

Starting next week all Oregon public schools will be back in session. We thought it would be good to provide our readers with some reminders about the Oregon laws for the speed limit in school zones and when you should stop for school buses.


Since every state has different rules when it comes to speed limits in school zones and stopping for school buses, we felt that this was a good time to remind everyone the Oregon laws for these two areas. 


Back to School

By Mid-Valley Parenting of Polk County 08/05/15

Where has the summer gone? It is hard to believe that children will be back in school in the next month. Most districts in the Mid-Willamette Valley will start school on September 8th or 9th. All school districts in Polk County have started taking school registration forms for all grades. If you have not registered your children please visit your districts website to learn how. While visiting the district website also grab your child's school supply list


A Day Without Childcare

By Mid-Valley Parenting 05/01/15

A humourous look into a day without childcare.



Classes & Events

Heartsaver Classes

Dec. 2, 2015 | Polk County

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What Others are Saying

I now take more time to care for myself so I can be less stressed and figure out motives behind certain behaviors.
The instructors very knowledgeable and put information in a fashion that was familiar and personable.
Attending the group as one of the best things I've ever done and I enjoyed it. I wish it wasn't over already.
It really made me step back and examine a lot of different things in my own parenting.
I liked the support and adult time. Also, I have been held more accountable for my own actions and it has made her (2 year old daughter) become more patient with me as I am more patient with her.
I liked talking about real situations.
Learning to communicate with my child was the most helpful. I'm more patient and I talk to my child more.
I use the skills I learned in group to help me when it gets hard.
I liked understanding what my goals are for me and my child. I liked learning different strategies with the toolbox. I have become more positive and I'm really trying to understand my daughter.
I now take the time to gather my thoughts before disciplining.
I like everything about the class it was fun and very helpful.
I liked the toolbox and I liked thinking about what I want for my children down the road.