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Child & Family Development Programs Parenting Education & Support Component

Parenting Education and Support provides a variety of parent training and parent support for residents of Columbia County and their families.

All of the Parenting Education & Support programs carry the same key concepts:

  • Parenting is the most challenging and most important job there is.
  • Parents are the foundation of the family.
  • Positive parenting skills do not come naturally; they are learned.


Divorce Education

Parents Helping Children Cope with Divorce is a three and half hour curriculum used in many states and fulfills the requirements of ORS 3.425. This research-based curriculum was developed by the Children’s Hospital Guidance Centers, Divorce Services. Classes are available on the 2nd Thursday and the 3rd Wednesday of every month in Saint Helens. On the 4th Thursday of the month, class is at Rainier Head Start Center. Pre-registration is required, please call (503) 556-3736 to register.

Information/Registration Form for Divorce Class


Parenting Now! The First Three Years. Included in each 10-week session are the Incredible Infants, Wonderful Ones, and Terrific Twos. Parenting Now! created The First Three Years! A division of Birth to Three, a nationally recognized organization that has been providing parent education and support since 1978.

This three program series provides information and developmentally appropriate knowledge skills to parents with children from the ages of infants through three year olds. Parents come together for each session with a trained facilitator to:

  • Learn about developmental ages and stages
  • Gain greater understanding and appreciation for their individual child
  • See themselves as their child’s first and foremost teacher
  • Learn effective parenting skills and positive approaches to discipline
  • Make friends and become part of a learning , supportive group


Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) is a developmentally appropriate, group based program for ages birth to 8 years, providing information for parents to enjoy the wonder of these years when the brain is developing at a rate never experienced again. The Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention named Make Parenting a Pleasure as a national family-strengthening model.

Strengthening Families Program is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family-strengthening program for high-risk families with children from 6-11years. SFP is evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, alcohol, and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance.

Tackling the Tough Skills is a curriculum building skills program for enhancing work and life experiences. Communication, understanding relationships, decision-making, problem solving and preparing for the workplace with time management skills are just some of the topics covered. Participants will enjoy the small setting with individual attention to the details of acquiring and maintaining a job while dealing with family responsibilities.

MotheRead/FatheRead Program is a nationally recognized, highly acclaimed, best practice, literacy development program designed to train parents of young children to use selected storybooks and a variety of interactive activities to develop children’s reading, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Some expected outcomes include improving children’s academic skills such as listening, speaking, reading and writing. The program enhances parents’ own reading skills, confidence as a reading role model for their children and strengthens family bonds, communication, relationships and patience with the process of teaching children the skills needed to be life long readers.

For adults of children primarily three years old and up conducted in small groups of 6 to 10.

All registration and any additional information is available by calling 503-556-3736 or email