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Make Learning Fun: Children's Jamboree

By Mid-Valley Parenting 02/17/17

We are excited to announce the schedule for our FREE annual family event Make Learning Fun: Children's Jamboree (formerly known as Learn, Grow, Thrive: Building Family Fun). The event will be held this year at Central High School in Independence and is for families and individuals who work with families that have children from the ages of birth to 8. 

New this year we will be offering parent-child hands-on interactive workshops that will be offered throughout the day. We will also be having the resource fair taking place all day; each resource will have a fun, engaging activity for children and parents to do. We are also keeping with the tradition of offering formal workshops that parents, early learning professionals, and elementary staff can attend. Registration for the formal workshops will be open soon. 

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Enter to win an iPad Air 2

By Miriam Corona 11/29/16

Do you live in Polk or Yamhill County? Are you a parent of a child ages 0 to 16? Would you like a chance to win an iPad Air 2, 32gb BEFORE the holidays? If you answered yes...WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

On July 1, 2016 Mid-Valley Parenting expanded and now covers Polk and Yamhill Counties. As part of this expansion we would like to hear from parents about what they would like to see in their communities in regards to family activities, events, workshops, and classes. Complete the survey and you will be entered to win an iPad Air 2, 32GB (value of $399).

Drawing will take place on December 16th. Please share with your friends and family. Good luck!

Survey in English: Bit.ly/mvparentsurvey 
Survey in Spanish: Bit.ly/encuestadepadres

Participe para ganar un iPad Air 2

By Miriam Corona 11/29/16

¿Vive en los condados de Polk o Yamhill? ¿Es usted un padre de hijos 0 a 16 años? ¿Quiere ganar un iPad 2 de aire, 32gb ANTES de los días festivos? Si contestó que sí... ¡QUEREMOS SABER SU OPINIÓN! 
EL 1ro de julio de 2016 el Mid-Valley Parenting Hub fue ampliado y ahora abarca los condados de Yamhill y Polk. Como parte de esta expansión nos gustaría escuchar de los padres acerca de lo que les gustaría ver en sus comunidades en respecto a las actividades familiares, eventos, talleres y clases. Complete la encuesta y para la oportunidad de ganar un iPad 2 de aire, 32GB (valor de $399). 
La rifa se llevara acabo el 16 de diciembre. Por favor, comparta con sus amigos y familiares. ¡Buena suerte!

Encuesta en Español: Bit.ly/encuestadepadres

Encuesta en Inglés: Bit.ly/mvparentsurvey 

Enter to Win an iPad Air 2

By Mid-Valley Parenting 11/23/16

Do you live in Polk or Yamhill County? Are you a parent of a child ages 0 to 16? Would you like a chance to win an iPad Air 2, 32GB BEFORE the holidays? If you answered yes...WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

On July 1, 2016 Mid-Valley Parenting expanded and now covers Polk and Yamhill Counties. As part of this expansion we would like to hear from parents about what they would like to see in their communities in regards to family activities, events, workshops, and classes. Complete the survey and you will be entered to win an iPad Air 2, 32GB (value of $399).

Drawing will take place on December 16th. Please share with your friends and family. Good luck!

Survey in English: Bit.ly/mvparentsurvey 
Survey in Spanish: Bit.ly/encuestadepadres

 

 

Ready for Kindergarten?

By Rachel Grant 08/23/16

A child’s brain develops most rapidly in the first 5 years of life. This means that brain building doesn’t start when kids walk into the classroom, it happens in every single moment throughout a child’s day from the day they are born. As a parent, you have a wonderful opportunity to take a positive and proactive role in supporting early brain development which primes your child for success in kindergarten.

Want to learn some easy ways to help get your child ready for school? READY! for Kindergarten workshops are coming up in the Amity, Yamhill Carlton, Dayton, McMinnville, Sheridan, Newberg, and Willamina school districts! To find a class near you go to the Ready! website.

At some of these workshops you may see some Vroom tip cards. Vroom is a new initiative that empowers parents and caregivers to play a proactive role in their children’s early brain development. Check out their Daily Vroom app to have easy, free brain building activities sent right to your phone.

Mid-Valley Parenting Receives Expansion Grant

By Mid-Valley Parenting 06/30/16

Polk County has provided high quality, evidence-based parent education to parents in all areas of the county since July 2011. On July 1, 2016 the Parent Education program will expand into Yamhill County through Yamhill Community Care thanks to an award from the Oregon Parent Education Collaborative (OPEC) Expansion Grant. The $100,000 grant will be used to coordinate parent education, increase the number of trained parent facilitators, and expand parent education to all the communities in both counties. This award is part of a multi-year initiative developed by The Oregon Community Foundation in partnership with the Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation, and Oregon State University. Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler states, “We are proud of our staff for the successful service they have provided to Polk County residents over the years through the Parent Education Program. We are excited about the expanded partnership with Yamhill County to provide these same services to our citizens in the two County region.”

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