Families & Parents


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!

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Family & Parent News

Classes Available to You


This series is culturally appropriate for Spanish-speaking clients with a healthcare component and flexible and colorful curriculum. This series focuses on positive parenting, community involvement, and learning about local resources for families to better their lives.
This curriculum is very easy to follow and flexible—partner organizations are encouraged to add relevant mini-presentations from healthcare professionals, social service workers, and other community workers with local resources available for their families. This series focuses on positive parenting, community involvement, and learning about local resources for families to better their lives.
A straight forward curriculum focusing on parent self-care, positive parent and child interactions and early childhood development information, with room for mini-presentations from community partners on health, nutrition, and mental health awareness.
A shorter series that captures Make Parenting a Pleasure’s main points. A straight forward curriculum focusing on parent self-care, positive parent and child interactions and early childhood development information, with room for mini-presentations from community partners on health, nutrition, and mental health awareness. 
A versatile curriculum with many offshoots that include Parenting Teens, Teen Parents and Grandparents as Parents. The workbook holds a lot of information for parents to refer back to. Its core base focuses on parent self-care, positive parent and child interactions and early childhood development information, with room for mini-presentations from community partners on health, nutrition, and mental health awareness
A condensed Nurturing Parenting curricula focusing on early childhood development and how to positively interact with a 0-4 year old developing child.
A support class specific to males with a trauma-informed, therapeutic curriculum that helps heal “father-shaped holes; “promotes healing through knowledge and self-care so participants can be positive male role models for children.
This curricula is specific to grandparent/caregiver relatives that are guardians of children or teens. Topics include information about child development of all ages and stages (ages 0-18), discipline and guidance, caring for yourself as a caregiver/guardian, rebuilding a family, living with teens, legal issues, and advocacy. 
These 12 weeks focus on preparing new teen parents. The series focuses on the importance of positive parent-child interactions starting at infancy. New teen parents are encouraged to pay close attention to the social, emotional, and physical development of their child. Attention is also focused on parent self-care, local resources for wrap around support, and early childhood development information, with room for mini-presentations from community partners on health, nutrition, and mental health awareness.
  • It will be FREE.
  • If you are attending a series, it will be 1 day per week for 2 hours for a set amount of weeks.
  • You will receive free incentive items for coming and a free meal each time you attend. Depending on the weekly meeting/series, there may be a large prize at the end for excellent attendance, etc. Those types of extras are explained in the description details of the event.
  • Most classes have free childcare (some of our morning classes do not because children will be in school and non-mobile infants are welcome to attend with their adult). See the description details.
  • It will be meaningful and educational for Parents and Children.
  • Your teacher is professionally certified to teach the evidence based curriculum you are learning.
  • It will be a warm, friendly environment and a place to learn and grow.
  • You will create friendships.
  • We will respect and value your beliefs and family.
  • We are reluctant to call our weekly meetings “parenting classes” because that has such a stigma attached to it. However, normalizing positive parenting practices is the first form of preventative care to shield children from adverse experiences and empower parents to be the best they can be!
  • Parents have what it takes! We are here to support you!

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Sat 21

Conversations on Parenting – Jacksonville

October 21 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Sat 21

SibShops – Medford

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon 23

Nurturing Parenting – GP

October 23 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Tue 24

Parent Connection – Medford

October 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Tue 24

Whole Brain Child – Medford

October 24 @ 1:45 pm - 4:15 pm

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Resources


  • Monthly OPEC and The Family Connection newsletters: Click Here
  • OPEC and The Family Connection blog: Click Here
  • Kids In The House: Click Here
    • Kids in the House is the ultimate online source for parenting. Seeking advice on how to handle a situation with your children has never been easier and more effective.
  • PBS Parents: Click Here
    • Find videos and articles on: Children and Media, Raising Boys, Raising Girls, and Expert Parenting Tips and Advice.
  • 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 FormClick 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.