Parenting Education

Who can you call for more info?
Nancy Johanson Paul, 541-436-0319, or toll free at 855-308-2236

Haga de la paternidad un placer (clase en espanol)/Make Parenting a Pleasure (spanish only)
Every Wednesday evening starting March 30 @ 5:30 p.m. at OCDC center in Odell. FREE/GRATIS, Dinner and childcare provided. For more information contact Gabriel Muro at(541) 490-6429. Informacion en espanol.

These classes are focused on the following:

  • Learn the importance of taking care of yourself so you can take better care of your child.
  • Learn practical stress management and communication skills
  • Gain greater understanding of your child
  • Learn effective parenting skills and positive approaches to discipline
  • Build a support network

Incredible Years Parenting Series
For parents of 2-8 year olds:

Incredible Years Parenting Series happens in The Dalles and Hood River throughout the year. A light dinner is provided along with childcare. Explore new parenting techniques, like new ways to deal with challenging behavior. Learn how to play with, praise and reward your young children. Learn how to use “Pocket Full of Feelings” to increase your child’s emotional literacy. By increasing your child’s intelligence and abilities, you get them ready for school success. Call Nancy at 541-436-0319, or toll free at 855-308-2236 to register.

Habla espanol? Llama a Gabriel Muro a 541-490-6249 para informacion de clases en espanol.
For Spanish-speaking parents, call Gabriel Muro at 541-490-6429 for more info.


Parenting in the Gorge Guide 
With fun family activities, parenting classes, online resources, playgroups, library story hours, and more, this guide makes it easy for parents to find what their family needs. The Parenting in the Gorge Guide is also in Spanish.  

Wasco County-English
Wasco County-Spanish
Hood River County-English
Hood River County-Spanish

What parents say about our Parenting classes:
“We are here because we love our kids!” ~Dry Hollow Mom
“I really didn’t want to attend at first, but now I’m hooked. I LOVE this class and I’m going to miss coming together and learning about parenting. I have learned so much!” ~The Dalles Dad
“The parenting class has made parenting much easier and has made life for my children so much better.” ~Hood River Mom

A Mom Tells Why She Loves Our Classes

30 Seconds of Good Reasons to Sign Up

What parents say about parenting classes:
“I have noticed a great improvement in the way my son and I communicate. I have practiced more of the ‘touching communication’ and have noticed that I get more unsolicited hugs and ‘I love yous’, which in turn he gets more as well.” ~ The Dalles parent

Children in the Middle: Parenting Through Divorce or Separation
For parents going through separation or divorce; discover new insights that focus on healthy ways to deal with the most common problems. Learn ways to reduce stress and conflict,  ways to deal with feelings, and to communicate more effectively. Also available in Spanish.

How do we know that our work with parents is effective? We measure a few key indicators, like whether we’re seeing parents often enough, and how often parents are reading to their children. Then we compile the results into a statistical report and send it off to our funders, so they know we’re getting the results they were hoping for.