Take Root parenting support program awarded $75,000 grant

Families participate in a Play2Learn session.

June 14, 2019 – Take Root Parenting Connection continues to expand into additional communities in Douglas, Klamath and Lake counties, and thanks to a recent grant award from the Oregon Community Foundation, the program will be able to reach even more families.

OCF awarded $75,000 to Take Root for the 2019-20 fiscal year. Take Root offers a wide range of parenting support resources, including workshops and group series, as well as expert guest speakers. Over the past year, the program has worked to increase resources available in the three-county region.

“We are beyond grateful for the Oregon Community Foundation’s continued support of our programs, which are creating healthier families in the communities we serve,” said Julie Hurley, Take Root account executive. “We’ve been able to expand our services into additional rural areas, which means more parents are learning how to interact with their children in healthier ways that strengthen families and communities as a whole.”

In Douglas County, Take Root has added both a Nurturing Fathers and a Parenting a Second Time Around parenting series, as well as new workshops including Technology for Tots and an extension of Taming the Tantrum. These class series and workshops join a lineup that has included Nurturing Parenting, Make Parenting a Pleasure, Play2Learn and Baby 101.

Offerings have also grown in Klamath County, where Take Root parent educators have hosted a series of Make Parenting a Pleasure workshops, two Baby 101 classes, an Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors) series, a Nurturing Parenting series, Parenting a Second Time Around series and a Growth Mindset workshop. In addition, the county facilitators have partnered with Blue Zones Project and hosted a Parenting Self Care workshop in both Spanish and English.

Take Root, which is administered through the Douglas Education Service District, is also working to reach families in Lake County. Take Root has offered Baby 101 workshops in two locations in that county as well as a Growth Mindset workshop.

Guest speakers who have visited the three-county service area include Dr. Ross Thompson, a distinguished professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis. Thompson, who is the director of the Social & Emotional Development Lab at the college, gave the presentation “How to Think Like a Baby.” Wendy Ellis, project director of the Building Community Resilience collaborative at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, presented on “Building Community Resilience.” And Dr. Shauna Tominey, assistant professor of Practice & Parenting Education Specialist, spoke on “Emotions Matter! Supporting Children and Families with Emotional Intelligence.”

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 Hurley by email at Julie.hurleyatdouglasesd.k12.or.us or by phone at 541-957-4819.