The Dalles, Oregon, June 23, 2017 – The Four Rivers Early Learning Hub (4RELH) is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC) to expand parenting education in the region. This grant expands current resources from Hood River and Wasco Counties to include Gilliam, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties.

OPEC, a partnership between four of Oregon’s largest foundations, (The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, and The Collins Foundation) and Oregon State University, announced this years’recipients in May. Those awarded represent fifteen regional parenting Hubs serving 32 Oregon counties as well as Siskiyou County, California. Historically, The Next Door Inc. has directed a strong legacy of parenting education in Hood River and Wasco Counties. This work will transition to the 4RELH and expand to the five county region that the Hub represents starting July 1, 2017.

The Next Door Inc. (TNDI) is working closely with the Early Learning Hub to support the expansion and transition. Janet Hamada, Executive Director of TNDI, represents the social services sector on the Early Learning Hub Governance Board and will continue to support the overall vision for parenting education established by TNDI in the region.

The Four Rivers Early Learning Hub is already developing programming, hiring staff, and building on existing efforts with a focus on partnering with school districts and healthcare. A new collaboration with the Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC) grant will expand the implementation of Trauma Informed practice by training parent educators in the Sanctuary Model. “We are grateful for this opportunity to build on the successes of The Next Door Incorporated and to support more parents in the important role of parenting,” commented 4RELH Regional Coordinator, Christa Rude.

Kristen Richelderfer, Parent Representative on the 4RELH Governance Board notes: “The workaround parent education that the Next Door has been doing is vital to helping support parents through their journey. I am so excited that 4RELH will be expanding that grant to support families and children throughout the entire five-county region. I know they will do great things!”

About 4RELH
The Four Rivers Early Learning Hub serves to create a network of early childhood systems that are family-centered and ensure that all children have equal opportunities to help them be school ready and thrive. 4RELH works across the five sectors of early learning, health, human services, K-12 education, and private sector partners to ensure positive family outcomes. Our mission is to support existing care and education programs and their growth. Expand early care and education program proficiency and/or capacity and alignment to improve planning, communication, and outcomes.