Linn-Benton Community College’s Parenting Education Department recently received a renewal grant of $50,000 from the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative for its Parenting Success Network.
The grant covers the 2017-18 school year, and is part of a multi-year initiative supporting expansion of high-quality parenting education programs and a stronger, more coordinated parenting education system statewide.
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 the OPEC initiative, which has grown to 15 programs since 2010. This will be the eighth year LBCC has participated, bringing the total funds awarded to $540,000.
LBCC’s 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 10 to 12 class series, five to eight workshops, five parent support activities, and two to three family activities over the next year. A primary goal of OPEC funding has been to change community norms, emphasizing the importance of positive parenting practices and normalizing engagement in parenting education.
LBCC Parenting Success Network’s website, parentingsuccessnetwork.org, offers parents information regarding local and online resources, a comprehensive calendar of all parenting education opportunities offered by multiple organizations, and a weekly Parenting Tips blog, and its Facebook page shares parenting thoughts and ideas. The network also supports professional development opportunities for parenting educators in the two-county area.