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Incredible Years Summer Class Series in The Dalles

It's a parenting program for parents with 2-8 year-old children. Teach your child life skills that will help make them successful in school. Learn how to teach self-control, use effective praise, use tangible rewards, practice positive discipline, enhance child-directed play, set effective limits, and use the right encouragement and calming techniques.

Parenting in the Gorge Guide for 2015-2016

New baby resources, story times, playgroups, parenting classes, family life skills and recreation guides for kids K-12. Here's the Spanish Parenting in the Gorge Guide

Hood River Early Childhood Center Playgroup

For children ages 0-5, meeting Fridays at Early Childhood Center (formerly Pine Grove Elementary).
Hood River Early Childhood Center playgroup: meets Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. (follows the HR County School District calendar) at the Early Childhood Center (formerly Pine Grove Elementary School), 2405 Eastside Road. A free drop-in play group for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Our space provides an opportunity for you and your child to experience a variety of developmentally appropriate activities; play-dough, sensory table, gross motor and fine motor equipment and activities in a supportive and fun environment. Family and parenting resources and info will also be available. Contact: 541-386-4919

Anson's Bike Buddies

Do you have an old bike? Would you like to change a life? Anson's bike buddies collects used bicycles, repairing them and partnering with other local non-profit organizations, such as The Next Door, to donate the bicycles to mid-Columbia children who may not otherwise have access to a bicycle.

Updated New Parent Services Playgroups for 2015

Meet other parents, exchange ideas and resources, get breastfeeding and other support!.

Photos for Family Fun Contest

Parenting Together program of The Next Door seeks photos of children from birth to eight years interacting with an adult in a healthy activity by June 30. The prize is a $50 gift card for G.Willikers.  For more information, download an entry form or contact Nancy Johanson Paul at 541-399-4276.

The Dalles Playgroups

Offering a FREE playgroup for children ages 0 to 6 in the Wonderworks Play station. Here's the Playgroup Flier in Spanish.

Hood River Early Childhood Center playgroup

Meeting Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. (follows the HR County School District calendar) at the Early Childhood Center (formerly Pine Grove Elementary School), 2405 Eastside Road. A free drop-in play group for children ages 0-5 and their parents. Contact: 541-386-4919.

Gorge Home Learners

Meeting on Tuesdays from noon to 2 p.m. From November through March meetings are held at the Rockford Grange in Hood River, and in April through October meetings are held at the Underwood Grange in Underwood, Wash. Admission is free, and open to all home-schoolers.

Breastfeeding Support Group

The group is conducted by a trained facilitator who listens and guides the discussion, the first and third Wednesday each month at Riverside Church in Hood River from noon to 1.

The Columbia Gorge Breastfeeding Coalition provides a mother-to-mother support group that offers guidance during this important time.

For more information, please call Jennifer McCauley, RN, IBCLC, at 541-387-6344.

Good Parenting Support

Here are a few excellent places to check for information or to call when you, a parent or a teenager you know needs some quick support and help. Parent Trust for Washington Children.
Parent Trust Family Help Line: 1-800-932-HOPE (4673)
Washington State Teenline:1-800-562-1240
 

Family Health Page

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital

Providence Coffee Shop Teaches Life Skills for Local Students

Walk through the main entrance of Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, and chances are you will notice the smell of coffee—and the energy of high school students at Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop. The Youth Transition Program at Hood River Valley High School is using the café to provide valuable work experience for youth with barriers to employment.

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