June 20, 2018 – More support is on the way for community members looking to strengthen their parenting skills thanks to a $110,000 grant for educational workshops in Douglas, Klamath and Lake counties.
The Oregon Community Foundation has awarded the funding to Take Root, which offers parenting workshops in the three counties, including rural areas with limited resources.
Take Root is administered through the Douglas Education Service District, and offers educational series that span several weeks as well as one-night workshops with a specific focus. Series topics range from self-care to nonverbal communication to positive discipline methods. Workshops may target taming tantrums, caring for children with attention-deficit disorders or cultivating early learning skills.
Take Root also presents educational forums aimed at serving populations such as grandparents raising children or Spanish-speaking parents. Since the program’s inception in 2010, over 2,400 parents have attended classes and workshops. Through outreach initiatives, the program has shared information with over 20,000 people.
Through a special grant opportunity this year, Take Root was able to apply for $100,000 to administer its programs as well as an additional $10,000 to help train facilitators. Take Root will be offering “train the trainer” workshops for current facilitators and others throughout the communities it serves.
“We are grateful to be able to reach out to more families as we have expanded into Lake and Klamath counties,” said Analicia Nicholson, Douglas ESD’s director of Education Services. “And now thanks to The Oregon Community Foundation’s support, we will be able to continue our work to strengthen even more of our local families.”
Awarded through the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, the grant is part of a multi-year initiative developed by the Oregon Community Foundation. Initiative partners are the Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation and Oregon State University.
For more information on the Take Root program and its classes, contact Julie Hurley, account executive with Douglas Education Service District, by email at Julie.hurleydouglasesd.k12.or.us () or by phone at 541-492-6607.