Families & Parents
Learn more about The Family Connection:
Welcome/Training video – https://tinyurl.com/9688u5ps
Parenting is hard work! As Southern Oregon’s Parenting Hub, the The Family Connection and The Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC) were founded to help. Please take advantage of our parenting classes, workshops, and events! Great parenting doesn’t happen in isolation… Let’s get connected.
Not sure where to start? You are in the right place! The Family Connection Parenting Programs are self sign-up class series with no eligibility. It is a free service to all families in southern Oregon.
Register for Summer 2021 Programs:
💕 Mothers, Babies & Toddlers© Program – FULL accepting waitlist for January 2022
6 sessions – Free Parenting Program & play-dates via ZOOM
(for pregnant and parenting moms of infants & toddlers)
July 14 – August 18, 2021
💕 Hacer de la Paternidad un Placer©
(for Spanish speaking parents with children ages 0-10)
12 two-hour sessions on ZOOM
Dates and Times TBA – Sept 2021
Kindergarten Readiness Boxes
Sign up today: tinyurl.com/r5rntc8z
✔ I live in a rural or underserved area of Jackson or Josephine County.
✔ My preschooler did NOT receive a preschool experience this school year.
✔ My family is diverse.
Previously Recorded “Distance Learning & Parenting” Workshops:
Have our programs already started and they’re half over?
Do you need a Parenting Program RIGHT NOW!?!
Online Evidence-Based Parenting Programs we recommend that will result in a Certificate of Completion:
Click on each image to learn more:
Online Parenting Resources and Supports:
- OPEC Parenting Together Newsletter
- Zero to Three
- PBS Parents
- NAEYC For Families
- Head Start Family Support & Well-Being
- University of Wisconsin Extension: Parenting and Family Relationships (age by age)
- Center for Parent and Teen Communication
- Kids in Transition to School Resources List (English)
- Kids in Transition to School Resources List (Spanish)
- OPEC Blog
Online Resources for Activities with Children at Home:
- PBS Kids Free Daily Newsletter for Families with Young Children at Home
- Google Drive Doc of Education Companies offering Free Subscriptions to Online Activities for Children/Youth during COVID-19
- GoNoodle: Music and Movement Videos for Families
- Cosmic Kids Yoga
- Storyline Online
- Food Hero
- Good Things for Young Children
- OSU Outdoor School Weekly Activities
- Squibler: Writing Inspiration
- Marilyn Burns Math Blog
- Project Based Learning at home
- Quarantine Art Club by Carson Ellis
- OSU Earth & Environmental Sciences Virtual Learning
- Wide Open School
→Did you know? Oregon Health Plan customers can use TransLink and ReadyRide as non-emergency transportation to The Family Connection’s free parenting programs. Please confirm with each program regarding scheduling procedures.
Family & Parent News
Classes Available to You
- Download Daily Vroom: Click Here
- This is a free app that will send you a personalized daily reminder to positively interact with your child. Every activity is free and can be worked into your daily routine. Please try it for a few weeks and let us know how you like it!
- 211info Local Resources Form— Click Here
- Please use this form to find local childcare, local free preschools, housing assistance, food banks, and other resources for your family.
- If this form is confusing, you may quick dial 2-1-1 on any phone and be greeted by a caring, empathetic professional to help you find the local resources your family needs.
Online videos revolving around human brain development from the University of Oregon Brain Development Lab.
|The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning|
Promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.
|Just in Time Parenting Information|
Newsletters designed for the specific age of your child.
|Zero to Three|
An organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
Parenting resources from a friendly and inviting site.
|Family Fun Magazine|
Fun things to do for the whole family from Family Fun Magazine!
|Ready at Five|
Parenting tips to promote school readiness.
Information and support to help your kids grow up to be healthy, caring, and responsible adults.
|The Parenting Doctor|
Information and advice for parenting from the first year to teen years.
|Ages & Stages|
Ages and Stages questionnaires for children ages birth to 6 years of age.
Trusted parenting information, resources and activities to help your children grow, develop and learn from birth to high school.
|Is Your Child Ready?|
Information about Kindergarten readiness.
Information about Shaken Baby Syndrome as well as links to The Period of Purple Crying videos and resources.
|Technical Assistance on Social Emotional Intervention|
Free products and resources to help improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities.
This website helps answer your questions about everything health related from A-Z. Find local health services and information, search for health related topics, and get personal health tools. Information available in Spanish also.
|Family Friendly Recipes|
Family friendly and health conscience recipes to help you stretch your food budget. Spanish version also available.
A nutrition and food resource website. Everything you want to know about the foods you are eating, the environment, and how it affects your lifestyle and family.
|Oregon Health Authority|
Any information you might need concerning the State of Oregon health organizations – prevention & wellness, diseases, emergency preparedness, etc. – you will find here.
|Center for Parenting|
Looking for specific parenting information? Over 800 tip sheets designed for parents.
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention|
Information on child development, health screening and positive parenting tips.
|Oregon’s Legal Guide for Grandparents & Other Relatives Raising Children|
A guide to legal topics grandparents and other relatives need to know when caring for a young child.
|Autism Society of Oregon|
Support and resources for families affected by autism.
|Stop Bullying website|
An excellent site for anti-bullying resources.
|School Readiness Interactive Learning Tool|
This tool is designed to help parents and caregivers encourage their young children\\\’s early learning.
|A Grandparent’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities|
This link connects you to a document for grandparents and other caregivers of disabled children. It is an extensive list of information to answer many of the questions you have about raising a child with disabilites.
|FACT – Family & Community Together|
Resources for families with children who have emotional, behavior, or physical disabilities. Webinars, newsletters, and other information available.
This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage.
|Essentials for Parenting Toddlers & Preschoolers|
This website has everything you need to know for parenting toddlers and preschoolers; videos, handouts, and additional links for more information.
|Childhood Nutrition Guide|
This website offers tips on encouraging kids to eat healthy, balanced diets.
A guide for parents on how to protect their children on the internet.