Education Opportunities

Take Root facilitates parent education through classes and workshops. Get an overview of our regularly offered classes and workshops below. We are also piloting several new programs in the 2017-18 year. Look at currently scheduled for classes and workshops on our Events page.


Throughout the year, Parent Education offers the following CLASSES, free or for a small fee and often with available childcare:

Make Parenting a Pleasure:  Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher! Learn techniques to help your child learn and grow through positive parent-child interactions and modeling expected behavior. For parents and caregivers of children birth to 8 years of age. A representative will contact you before class to arrange childcare needs. Class is free of charge; donations will be accepted to help cover program costs. This course is also available for Spanish speaking families.

Nurturing Parenting:  Explore the topics of child development and behavior to better understand age appropriate practices to develop limits, routines, and positive discipline techniques. For parents and caregivers of children birth to 8 years of age. A representative will contact you before class to arrange childcare needs. Class is free of charge; donations will be accepted to help cover program costs.

Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors): [For Spanish Speaking families] Learn how to communicate better with your children and help your child develop healthy eating habits. Prepare your child to reach success in school by gaining an understanding of school readiness strategies. Find resources and services available to help your family while interacting with other parents in the community.

Haga de la Paternidad un Placer (Making Paternity a Pleasure) Ser padres es una de las experiencas mas dificiles, desafiantes y provechosas que ofrece la vida. Educar a un nino para que se convierta en una persona saludable y bien adaptada que pueda tomar su lugar en la proxima generacion es una responsabilidad indredible. El futuro del mundo esta en manos de los adultos que hijos llegaran a ser. Clase es gratis, se aceptaran donaciones para  ayudar con los costos del grograma. 


One time WORKSHOPS are also offered for small fees. No childcare is available during these workshops.

We Read! Exploring Children's Literacy: Reading to young children is one of the best ways to get their brains to start making connections. Learn ways to engage your child while you read with them, and enrich their minds during story time. Take Root, Family Connections and UCC present this class for parents and caregivers of children 0-5 years of age. Cost to participants is $10; fee waivers may be available. Participants need to make their own childcare arrangements.

Healthy Beginnings: You've brought baby home to a perfectly prepared house: your outlets are covered, your diaper bag is loaded and ready, and the crib is a marvel of engineering. You’re ready to see to any physical needs your child may have, but what about your child’s social and emotional health? This workshop delves into child development, and how you can help start your child on the road to positive social and emotional health. Take Root, Family Connections and UCC present this class for parents and caregivers of children 0-5 years of age. Cost to participants is $10; fee waivers may be available. Participants need to make their own childcare arrangements. Call Family Connections at (541) 440-7705 to register.

Caring for Children with ADHD: Life with a child with ADD/ADHD can be frustrating and overwhelming, but as a parent or caregiver there is a lot you can do to help control and reduce the symptoms. The DCECPC, Family Connections and UCC present this workshop that offers ideas on ways you can help your child overcome daily challenges, channel his or her energy into positive arenas, and bring greater calm to your family. Participants need to make their own childcare arrangements. Call Family Connections at (541) 440-7705 to register, fee waivers may be available.

Happy Monster, Sad Monster: Young children experience big feelings on a daily basis and need our guidance to develop social emotional competency. Discover fun ways to cultivate your child’s emotional intelligence through the use of children’s literature and related activities. The DCECPC, Family Connections, and UCC present this workshop for parents and caregivers of children birth to 9 years of age. Participants need to make their own childcare arrangements. Call Family Connections at 541-440-7705 to register, fee waivers may be available.

Taming the Tantrum: Are you walking on eggshells hoping your child won’t have a tantrum in public? Is your child prone to irrational emotional meltdowns? Discover strategies to avoid or eliminate tantrums through a better understanding of your child’s behavior. For parents and caregivers of children birth to 8 years of age. Participants need to make their own childcare arrangements.

Cultivating Math Skills: What do children need to be ready for Kindergarten?  Discover how early learning can encourage a child’s development so they arrive to school ready to learn. Parents and caregivers will learn easy techniques to add to daily activities that encourage mathematical thinking in young children. Participants need to make their own childcare arrangements. Cost is $10, fee waivers may be available.

Art of Emotion Coaching: Help children explore the different emotions they experience, why they occur, and how to handle them.  Learn to use emotion coaching to help children gain skills to become more comfortable with their own feelings and learn to express emotions in constructive ways. This workshop series is designed for parents and providers of children 0-5 years old. Participants need to make their own childcare arrangements. Cost is $10, fee waivers may be available.

Nurturing the Spirited Child: The spirited child — often called "difficult" or "strong-willed" — can be overwhelming for parents and caregivers. Gain a greater understanding of temperamental traits and learn strategies to plan for success by energizing positive vs. negative behavior. Participants need to make their own childcare arrangements.  Cost is $10, fee waivers may be available.

Developing Language and Literacy Skills: A language rich environment that engages children in lots of talking, reading and singing can enhance the development of language and literacy skills in young children. Through personal interactions and play opportunities, children expand their language and literacy skills.

Developing Social Emotional Competence: Children who are socially and emotionally ready for school are confident, able to develop good relationships with peers, can concentrate on tasks, listen, remain attentive, and communicate feelings effectively.


Pilot projects

Stay tuned, these are new projects that are in development during the 2017 Summer. Details about the projects, as well as how to be a part of these new programs, will be announced later in the summer of 2017.