Deadline is June 15 for annual NDI photo contest

Once again this year, in preparation for celebrating “Oregon Parenting Education Week,” May 18-25, the Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Program of The Next Door seeks photos of children from birth to 8 years interacting with an adult in a healthy activity.

Activities can include a family outing, playing, eating, story time, making a craft, playing at a park, or any other healthy interaction.

Plan to submit photos by June 15. Photos can include a parent, grandparent, child care provider, preschool teacher, or other adult. Eight photos will be chosen for a community photo display, and each of those eight photographers will receive a $50 gift certificate from G. Williker’s Toy Store or Klindt’s Booksellers.

Photos must show an adult and a child interacting together, and must include a child age zero to 8 years. All photos must be in JPG format, with a minimum of 300 dpi. Download an entry form at

The Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Program of Hood River and Wasco counties would like to emphasize the importance of skilled and caring parents, grandparents, foster parents, and child care providers.

Parenting Education Coordinator Nancy Johanson Paul said, “Last year’s photos were amazing! The wonderful moments the photographers captured truly showed the joy, fun, teaching and learning that happens between adults and children through their interaction together. I am very excited to see the photos submitted for this year’s contest.”

Parenting education helps parents and caregivers learn how to best support their child’s development and promote the child’s success in school and life. In parenting classes, parents learn to have realistic expectations for themselves and for their children. The improved knowledge of positive parenting practices and normal child development encourages loving and skilled parenting, which helps ensure well-being.

Columbia Gorge Parenting Education is a program of The Next Door, a local nonprofit whose mission is opening doors to new possibilities by strengthening children and families and improving communities.

Staff members work with thousands of people in the Columbia Gorge who are struggling; to grow up strong, to staying out of trouble, to be happy parents, and to learn sustainable ways to have enough food.

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