Free Back to School Supplies

Saturday, August 26th from 1-4PM

The Back-To-School / Regreso a Clases event provides youth and parents with valuable information about community resources and provides students with school supplies for the upcoming school year. Join us in this fun learning experience for youth and parents. Also, enjoy live local entertainment!

Sábado, 26 de agosto de 1-4PM

El evento “Regreso a Clases” proporciona informacion valiosa a padres y estudiantes sobre los recursos disponibles por parte de la comunidad, además de proveer utiles escolares para el año escolar. El evento tambien ofrece informacion sobre la importancia de continuar los estudios motivando al estudiante a no dejar la escuela. ven y disfruta con nosotros de este evento lleno de informacion y entretenimiento.

Nurturing Parenting Training Opportunity

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Greetings all,

I am excited to share this unique opportunity for service providers or engaged community members who work with families and are looking to provide extra support in regards to helping those families develop parenting skills. At Youth Contact we use this training for home visiting and also for group parenting classes. The curriculum for both is well planned out, evidence based, and culturally inclusive. Nurturing Parenting is the model we most frequently rely on to show OPEC that parents are learning and applying what we are teaching to create a safe and nurturing environment for their children.

Parents get a lot from the curriculum! Last quarter they were saying

“I have more empathy towards my children. My daughter is communicating better and we talk things out now.”

“Me ayuda a profundizar mas acerca de la manera de educar a mis hijos”

“It was so great. I really enjoyed the experience!”

If you have any questions about group discount rates, the curriculum, or program implementation, please do not hesitate to send me an email at scordua@youthcontact.org or give me a call at (503)640-4222 x 713.

Warm regards,

Sarah Cordua

Free Parenting Class Series in Sherwood

I am happy to share that Youth Contact in partnership with the Sherwood School District will be offering a parenting education series from April 13th – May 25th. This class meets once a week every Thursday for 7 weeks. Parents will learn strategies for effective problem solving, ways to establish discipline, tips for setting age-appropriate expectations and much more! Registration for this workshop is now open, but note that spaces often fill quickly and are limited to 20 families.

Program Details:

Where:

Sherwood Family Resource Center

21970 SW Sherwood Blvd. Portable #46

Sherwood, OR 97140

When:

April 17th-May 25th

Thursdays from 6-8PM

Cost:

FREE! Class, dinner and childcare are provided at no cost.

Who:

Parents of children ages 3-8

To Register Contact:

Sarah Cordua

Program Coordinator

(503) 640-4222×713

scordua@youthcontact.org

or

Rebeccah Wagner

Family Resource Manager

(503) 825-5486

rwagner@sherwood.k12.or.us

 

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”

http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/documents/teaching_emotions.pdf

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”

http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/social-emotional-development/books-that-support-social-emotional-skills.html#feelings

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!

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:

http://jitp.extension.org/

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

http://msuextension.org/publications/HomeHealthandFamily/MT201003HR.pdf

Homepage Link – Family and Human Development

http://store.msuextension.org/Departments/Family-and-Community-Topic-Categories/Family-and-Human-Development.aspx?sortorder=1&page=1

(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:

http://gu.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=FzBat6kx2AU%3d&tabid=157&mid=606