Take Root Parenting Connection


Welcome! We offer FREE and virtual parent education classes in Lake, Klamath, and Douglas counties, including other opportunities like workshops and resources to help parents learn ways to provide effective discipline and guidance, nurture and foster life skills, promote healthy development, and, most of all, enjoy the enormous task of raising their children from infants to teenagers.

Click on the calendar to see our parenting class and registration information!

Parenting Classes

Our FREE classes focus on young children, but parents with children of all ages can benefit. Many community partners and school districts join together to support this collaborative effort to serve parents, children and families in South Central Oregon, from Douglas, Klamath to Lake Counties.

Parenting events

Receive invites to parenting events!

Meet the team

Vanessa Pingleton

Regional Program Facilitator

Susan Stiles

Early Learning Specialist, Parent Engagement & Education Program for Douglas County

Laura Barajas

Early Learning Support Specialist for Klamath County

Bailey Guido

Early Learning Support Specialist for Lake County

General Contact

Julie Hurley

Executive Director of Early Learning

Find parenting resources

Click on this link to access our parent resources!

Visit our YouTube Channel

We have a YouTube channel. The content includes trustworthy emotional and academic advice. 

Videos for Spanish speakers are also included. 

Learn more about us

Parent Education is a grant funded and community supported program located at the Douglas Education Service District. We are part of the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative and receive grants from The Oregon Community Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust and The Collins Foundation to serve as the parent education and resource “Hub” for Douglas County.
Focus areas:

  • Increase access to quality parenting education classes, resources, and supports throughout the region
  • Create a coordinated network of parenting education programs to avoid duplication of services
  • Increase parental understanding of child’s learning, development, and readiness for school
  • Normalize parenting education, so all parents feel comfortable needing and asking for help


Our programming provides a variety of opportunities for parents of young children to receive training in child care and development, nonviolent discipline methods, stress management and proactive communication techniques. Parents will learn ways to nurture and foster their child’s development by providing stimulation, appropriate developmental opportunities and nurturing relationships. Research has clearly established the learning and practice of these parental skills as being instrumental to creating healthy and nurturing environments. Environment and relationships are important to early childhood development.

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