Now Registering – Hillsboro Parenting Class!

Youth Contact is now registering for one (1) parenting education class that will begin in Fall 2016.  This series will be offered through our continued partnership with the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, as well as our new relationship with Tuality Health Alliance.  Check out the details below for more information, and be sure to review the bilingual program flyer for a detailed list of topics that will be covered in the series!

 Program Title:   Nurturing Hope”

  • A 12-Week Series for Parents and their Children with Special Needs and/or Health Challenges, Ages 5-8 (Part of the Nurturing Parenting Program)

When:  Tuesdays | September 20, 2016 – December 6, 2016 | 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where:  Tuality Health Education Center | 334 SE 8th Avenue | Hillsboro, OR  97123

What’s included?

  • FREE class is provided for parents.
  • FREE class is provided for children, ages 5-8.
  • FREE childcare is provided for children, ages 2-4.
  • FREE dinner is provided each night to ALL participants.

Who should attend?

  • Parents with children, ages 5-8, who have unique needs or health challenges.
  • Parents who want to build community with others in similar situations.
  • Parents who want their children to learn new skills in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Language:  Spanish only.

Program Flyers:

Nurturing Hope Flyer – Tuality Health 2016 – English

Nurturing Hope Flyer – Tuality Health 2016 – Spanish

Registration Details:

  • Registration is required for this program. To sign-up:
    • Call Youth Contact Family Education | 503-846-0665
      • If we do not answer, please leave a message with your name and phone number. We can only return calls to participants who leave a message.
    • Email Claudia Adler, Parenting Education Coordinator |

We are excited for this new programming year and look forward to serving you!

Parenting Resource – Emotional Literacy

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Oregon Parenting Educators Conference at Oregon State University.  Throughout this event, experts from across the state presented on a range of topics that facilitators encounter as they work with and support families.  One workshop that I found to be especially insightful focused on emotional literacy and how we can assist parents in making it a part of everyday parenting.  Dr. Ann Corwin, a noted expert in parenting and child development education, shared with us how feelings drive the behaviors that parents see in their children – and how those emotions can be identified, understood, and managed in healthy and productive ways.  We call this emotional literacy.

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning defines emotional literacy as “the ability to identify, understand, and respond to emotions in oneself and others in a healthy manner.”  Research has shown that children who have a solid foundation in emotional literacy tolerate frustration better, engage in less destructive behaviors, are less impulsive, and have greater academic achievement.  The ability to label emotions is a developmental skill that is not present at birth—it must be learned.  This is where parents come!

Below, you will find two resources that can assist parents in helping children to identify, understand, and manage their feelings in healthy ways:

Article Link: “Teaching Your Child to Identify and Express Emotions”

This article provides parents with detailed information on how they can help their children to identify and manage emotions, including step-by-step guidelines, fun activities, and a list of common “feeling” words that can be taught, modeled, and reinforced.

Article Link: “Books About Feelings for Babies and Toddlers”

Books can be powerful tools to help young children make sense of their feelings.  To help parents and caregivers support children as they deal with challenging feelings and experiences, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families created a list of books on a variety of topics, including anger, self-control, and friendship!  This is definitely a list you’ll want to keep handy!

Curriculum Snapshot – Nurturing Parenting

Nurturing Parenting is an evidence-based program that aims to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect for all families by helping parents to learn positive parenting skills and behaviors.  The model has demonstrated an effect on protective and risk factors, including an increase in positive parenting attitudes and behaviors, parental empathy, and knowledge of child development, as well as a reduction in harsh and excessive discipline and parent-child role reversal.

During the 2015-16 school year, Youth Contact will offer two (2) Nurturing Parenting programs using the “ABCs for Parents and Their Children Ages 5-8” curriculum.  Each series will span seven (7) weeks in length, and provide separate classes that meet concurrently for parents and their children.  Topics covered in the parent program include:

  • Positive discipline
  • Ways to support children in school
  • Effective communication
  • Strategies to help children express their feelings
  • Ways to promote positive self-worth and personal power

In the children’s group, young learners acquire comparable skills at age-appropriate levels through puppets, role-play, music, art activities and leader-led discussions.

This is a great short-term series for parents and children to learn and grow together!  Stay tuned for information on future class offerings and how you can get registered for a program!

Parenting Resource – “Just In Time Parenting” Newsletters

During the early childhood years, we experience many joys (and frustrations!) as parents.  Children undergo rapid changes in their behaviors, skills, and feelings – and those developmental milestones can sometimes leave us in a state of wonder and awe.  We want so much to be able to understand and support our children every step of the way, but there are certainly moments when we are left wondering, “What more can I do!?”

One way to better understand your child is to know more about child development.  With advances in brain science, we are learning more about how a child develops and the importance of good early experiences.  The more you know, the more you can help your child, so here is a resource to get you started:

Check out this fabulous newsletter called “Just In Time Parenting” – an Extension publication that is compiled and distributed by educators and researchers from land-grant universities across the country.

Each newsletter features:

  • Information on how your child is developing
  • Tips on raising a healthy, happy child
  • Tools for solving common parenting problems
  • Strategies for coping with the challenges of raising children

This resource is age-specific, so you can select the one that best meets your parenting needs!  Follow the link below to discover this great resource!  Oh, and be sure to subscribe on the webpage, so you can receive the most current newsletters by email!  Happy reading!

“Just In Time Parenting” – An Extension Newsletter:

Community Events – Library Programs for Parents and Children

One of the things I love about our local library system is that they offer a wide range of activities for parents and children.  These programs are often no/low-cost, highly engaging and exciting, and educational – which is why I love recommending them to families who are looking for a way to spend some quality time together.

In browsing their latest selection of activities, I came across a few gems that sound particularly fun for families.  Check out my list below, and then follow the link to their online calendar to see all of their program offerings!

Standout Programs for Families and Children:

Read to the Dogs

Young readers develop reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to trained therapy dogs during private 20-minute sessions on Mondays and Thursdays.  The first session begins at 4:30 pm.  Participants will receive a certificate of completion.  Registration is required by phone or at the Library.  For children ages 6-12.

Toddler Time

Stories, songs, finger plays and plenty of group participation in 20 minute sessions followed by playtime and an opportunity for adults to socialize.

Spanish Book Club (Circulo de lectura)

El círculo de lectura se reúne dos veces al mes para una conversación alrededor de lecturas comunes.  El enfoque del grupo son los cuentos de Latinoamerica.  El grupo es para personas de por lo menos 15 años de edad y en español.

Winter Nature Walk Program

Bundle up for a walk to see how plants and animals are coping with shorter days and colder weather.  For children in grades 1-3.  Registration is required online or at the library.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services Calendar of Events:


Parenting Resource – The Value of Play

One of the topics we discuss often in our parenting classes is play – and for good reason.  While play is important to a child’s social, emotional, and physical development, it also helps to strengthen the parent-child bond and improve family interactions.  Research tells us that, when parents play with their children during the early childhood years, they learn how to interact positively with them, and thus become more supportive, cooperative, and have better communication.  The result of these early interactions is that parents are then able to use what they have learned in play to support their children more effectively as they transition from home to school.  This includes helping with homework, problem solving, and behavior management.

Now, not all play is the same.  There are many different ways to play, and each provides its own unique benefits.  Want to learn how you can take your play time to the next level?  Check out this wonderful article from Montana State University’s Extension Service.  It provides a detailed explanation of how play benefits children and parents, highlights various types of play, and even gives parents the chance to analyze how they play with their children.

Be sure to check out their Family and Human Development homepage as well!  It features resource guides on a range of topics from building family strengths to bullying and children.  They are definitely worth a look!

Article Link – The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Development

Homepage Link – Family and Human Development

(Grand)Parenting Resource – Raising Children with Special Needs

Last night, a resource was shared with me that I knew had to be posted on this blog!  It is full of information, so I’ll keep my commentary short.

This resource, entitled “Grand Resources:  A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities” is an absolute gem.  A quick peek at the first few pages and you’ll see that it covers a range of topics from understanding and obtaining special education services and benefits to procuring financial, food, and health care assistance.  The question-and-answer format makes it particularly engaging and relevant, and the featured stories provide authentic glimpses into how real “grandfamilies” have overcome obstacles to support their children.

This is a must-read for grandparents and other relatives, who want honest and practical information on resources that are available in their community.

“Grand Resources:  A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities” Resource Link: