Take Root awarded $100,000 state grant

Image: Family SilhouetteFamilies in three Southern Oregon counties will have more opportunities to benefit from strengthened parenting skills following a $100,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation.

The OCF has awarded the grant to Take Root, a program that offers workshops in parenting education throughout Douglas, Klamath and Lake counties. Take Root is administered through the Douglas Education Service District. The program 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. The program has served a total of 17,316 families since its inception in 2010.

“Because of The Oregon Community Foundation’s generosity, Take Root will be in a better position to help more families in rural areas that face the challenges of limited resources,” said Analicia Nicholson, Douglas ESD’s director of Education Services. “Our goal is to make families and communities stronger by helping parents learn skills that can make an impact for generations ahead.”     

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.hurleyatdouglasesd.k12.or.us or by phone at 541-492-6607.