Washington County "ABC's of Parenting" class begins April 20 (English & Somali)

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Youth Contact and Washington County community partners welcome parents and their 5-8 year old children to a free seven-week “ABC’s of Parenting” course beginning in late April. 

Parents and their 5-8 year old children (in classes designed for each, separately,) will learn through age appropriate activities. There'll be arts and crafts, stories and games, and other fun for the children, and “grown-up” discussion and problem solving strategies to alleviate parenting stress for the adults. Class topics include:

  • Strategies for effective problem-solving. 
  • Ways to establish discipline through family rules, rewards, and alternatives to spanking/yelling. Tips for helping children to manage their own behavior. 
  • Tools to build personal power and self-worth in yourself and your children. 
  • Strategies for effective stress and anger management. 
  • Ways to promote school success

Both parents and their children will learn new skills that will create a more nurturing home environment for everyone. 

There are two course offerings for different language communities in the Washington County area. See the following details:


Monday evening classes from April 20-June 8 (excluding May 25) will take place at Chehalem Elementary School (15555 SW Davis Rd. Beaverton, OR 97007).

This is a free course which includes dinner and childcare for children under 5 provided by Chehalem Elementary. Dinner begins at 6pm, and classes follow from 6:30-8pm. 

Classes are taught only in English. Note that class is limited to 20 families.  Once the program is full, interested families are added to a waitlist and notified as spaces become available. (Often, there are cancellations close to the start date.) 

Registration has begun and is required. Call Youth Contact Family Education at (503) 846-0665 to register and for more information.


Come to Merlo Station Apartments’ Community Room (2032 SW Merlo Court  Beaverton, OR  97003) on Tuesdays beginning April 21-June 2, from 11:30-1:30.

This class is also free, including both lunch and childcare for children under 5 years old. 

Note that instruction is in Somali only, and a limit of 12 families with waiting list for any additional families interested is the policy. Registration is again required. Call Kaltun Caynan (Program Facilitator, Oregon Somali Family Education Center) at (503) 995-6031 to register.

Posted on April 2, 2015 and filed under events.