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Welcome to great on-line resource for families living in and visiting the Columbia River Gorge!

Parenting in the Gorge for Hood River and Wasco Counties

The Next Door in Hood River provides this excellent resource for families including playgroups, activities, resources and more.

Toddler to Teen - Staying Connected with your Teen

It's a 5-week workshop for parents with pre-teens and teens - workshops are located in The Dalles

Four Rivers Early Learning Hub

Working together to give all children an equal start – across Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler Counties.  Working to improve systems to achieve better childcare and ensure kids are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.  Check out playgroups in all counties, parenting education, and support groups.

The Next Door - Local Youth Services

Whether you're a volunteer or looking for parenting help, visit the Next Door for resources for young children and teens.  They offer family support and home visiting, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Youth Mentoring for at-risk teens, family mediation services and more.

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.

Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District Fall & Winter Programs

Check out the Northern Wasco County Programs and Events.  Youth sports, Excellent Adventures Field Trips, local activities & special events!

Gorge Kids In Action

Gorge Kids In Action was created to provide kids with the experience of giving back to the community, through planned events & as a volunteer resource. Check out their Facebook Page for volunteer opportunities!

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.

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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