‘Incredible Years’ returns June 23

Come enjoy summer fun with the Incredible Years program for parents and other adults and their children 2-8 years starting Tuesday, June 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Indian Creek Apartments, 1615 9th Court St., northeast of Walgreens. The children will have fun activities that develop self-esteem and self-control, emotional literacy (using the pocket full of feelings kit), anger management, and self-care. The local library, Kidsense, Early Intervention, and other organizations will bring fun and educational activities for children. Each week, participants will receive an educational toy to take home to play with their child. The program last 6 weeks and meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a total cost of $25 per family. A free lunch will be served to all involved.

The parents, grandparents, and other adults will learn how to teach children skills that will help them succeed in school and practice those skills during the summer, when children often experience a “summer lag.” In the Incredible Years program, adults will learn the importance of child directed play, effective limit setting, ignoring some behaviors, and getting results by using proximal, positive opposite, and specific praise. Child care providers can use this series as part of their training hours with the State Child Care Division.

The Incredible Years Program is very well liked by parents, who say, “ I feel my kids and I understand each other better and their behavior is much more positive. We talk more about their feelings and my children are more able to focus and pay attention to what I tell them. I do much better on follow through on limit setting. We have more fun together and they are learning so much!”

Call Nancy Paul at 541-436-0319 at the Next Door to sign up for the program. Spaces are limited, so sign up soon. Information about the summer program is also on www.nextdoor-inc.org and one can email nancyp@nextddorinc.org to sign up. Paul says that she is excited to offer the Incredible Years program this summer which both the parents and children will learn a lot that will help them with school in the fall.

Parenting resources

Here is a listing of parenting resources in Hood River County. If your organization would like to add to the list, send brief details to twalker@hoodrivernews.com.

Free Welcome Baby packet: The Next Door offers all Oregon first-time parents a free “Welcome Baby” packet of information about parenting, bonding with your baby, healthy infant growth and development, child care and other resources. Call 541-436-0320 or visit www.nextdoorinc.org.

Join a playgroup: For parents and their children ages newborn to 5; for more info contact Nancy Johanson Paul at 541-436-0319 or nancyp@nextdoorinc.org. The schedule is as follows: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cascade Locks City Hall gym; Tuesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. at Hood River Alliance Church, 2650 Montello Ave. (Contact the church at 541-386-2812 for details); Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. at HR Early Childhood Center (former Pine Grove School), bilingual, with developmental specialists available (follows school calendar). For more info call 541-386-4919.

Library story hour: Hood River Library, Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. (on vacation until June 18). Additionally, baby, toddler and preschooler parenting educational bags can be checked out. The bags include “Make Parenting a Pleasure” DVDs, parent booklet and “Happiest Baby on the Block.”

Hood River Family Life Skills classes: Run 30 weeks and educate individuals on how to build healthy, sustainable personal, family and community relationships. For men, women and teens. To register call 541-386-1170 or www.hoodriver-familylifeskills.com.

New Parent Services and Families First: Healthy Families Home Visiting Services to parents who are either pregnant with or newly parenting their first baby. Must enroll prenatally or before baby is 3 months old. To see if you qualify, call 541-436-0320.

Mid-Columbia Children’s Council: Early Head Start provides year-round home visits for parents prenatally to children up to age 3. Head Start preschool programs are for children 3-5. Child development, school readiness and family support services. To see if you qualify, call 541-386-2010 or www.mcccheadstart.ort.

Hood River County Public Health Department: Supports pregnant women and parents with infants and children up to age 5. Programs include maternity classes, Babies First and CaCoon. Visits for Spanish and English speakers with a focus on providing education and support by encouraging regular visits to health care. For more information call 541-386-1115 or www.co.hood-river.or.us.

Hood River Valley High School Teen Parent Program: Helps teen parents complete high school while their children are cared for in a certified center on campus. More information at 541-386-4500.

Breastfeeding support: Breastfeeding Support Group meets twice monthly at Riverside Community Church, 317 State Street in Hood River. For more information call 541-386-6344.

Early intervention and early childhood special education: Call if you have concerns about any baby, toddler or preschool child regarding their ability to walk, talk, see, hear, respond to others, play, learn, or cope with new situations; 541-386-4919.

Mid-Columbia Center for Living: Provides a wide range of services to adults, children and families with mental health issues, addictions, or developmental disabilities. Services include help with maternal depression, children with emotional/behavior issues, and parent training. Call 541-386-2620.

Helping Hands Against Violence: Hope, safety and support to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Crisis line is 541-386-6603.

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