Linn-Benton Community College Parenting Education received a $50,000 renewal grant from the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative.
The grant is part of a multi-year initiative supporting expansion of high-quality parenting education programs and a stronger, more coordinated parenting education system statewide.
The Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative is comprised of the Oregon Community Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation and Oregon State University.
LBCC was in the first group of six programs to participate in this initiative, which has grown to 15 programs since 2010. This will be the sixth year of LBCC’s participation, bringing the total funding awarded to $440,000.
LBCC’s project, named the Parenting Success Network, supports parenting education classes throughout Linn and Benton counties as well as numerous public awareness activities and efforts to build collaborative partnerships.
OPEC funds will be used to support class series, workshops, parent support activities and family activities for 2015-2016. A primary goal of OPEC has been to change community norms, emphasizing the importance of positive parenting practices and normalizing engagement in parenting education.
Parenting Success Network hosts a website, parentingsuccessnetwork.org, which offers parents information regarding local and online resources, a comprehensive calendar of all parenting education opportunities offered by multiple organizations, as well as a weekly Parenting Tips blog.
Parenting Success Network hosts a popular Facebook page filled with parenting thoughts and ideas, and supports professional development opportunities for all parenting educators in the two-county area.