Here’s What’s Happening!

Jumpstart Read for the Record 2018

This year’s book, Maybe Something Beautiful, celebrates the magic that can happen when a community comes together to create something beautiful and bring about change — a fitting metaphor for a campaign that features thousands of events in communities across the world each year.

Order your copies today! Read for the Record connects millions of children and adults across the world each year by reading the same book together. Click here to register.

Bring Maybe Something Beautiful to life by hosting an event in your classroom, local school, or in your community! Jumpstart’s special edition books include additional reading tips, guiding questions, and vocabulary words. (Spanish versions available upon request).  The reading day is Thursday, October 25!


Vroom Texture Talk

We’re excited to show you one of our first Vroom Tips on video! Each week, you’ll see a new, short clip demonstrating one Vroom Tip. Use these as inspiration for creating brain building moments with your child – and let us know what you think of the video!

To see more videos on parenting, visit the Parenting Success Network’s YouTube page.


Crisis Text Line available for Oregon families

Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. With over 79 million messages processed to date, we’re growing quickly, but so is the need.  Founder and CEO, Nancy Lublin, “We want to be where you are. We want to make it as easy as possible for people who are in pain to get help.”  Crisis Text Line also has a YouTube presence,, so that you can learn more about their services.

Crisis Text Line has established some guiding principles and strives to help callers based on those principles:

  • We fight for the texter. Our first priority is helping people move from a hot moment to a cool calm, guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy. YOU = our priority.
  • We believe data science and technology make us faster and more accurate. See our Founder’s TED talk for more scoop on how we’re using this stuff. While we love data science and technology, we don’t think robots make great Crisis Counselors. Instead, we use this stuff to make us faster and more accurate–but every text is viewed by a human.
  • We believe in open collaboration. We share our learnings in newsletters, at conferences, on social media, on our blog, and at

Here’s how it works:  Oregon_FAQs (1)

Since it’s inception in August 0f 2013, the Crisis Text Line has received 82,348,191 messages about subjects ranging from self-harm, bullying, domestic abuse, suicide, to school issues, sadness, loneliness, and a host of others.  If you need someone to talk to, text a counselor at the Crisis Text Line.


Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter

The October 2018 issue of the Oregon Parenting Together Newsletter has arrived.  This issue features articles about children and their feelings, and ways for parents to help their children learn to deal with those feelings.  Articles include: My Many Feelings, Big Feelings in Public Places, The Book Nook (with suggested reading about feelings), Understand!, Express Yourself! and Regulate!

To download the English newsletter, please click here.

To download the Spanish newsletter, please click here.


One Caring Person Campaign

English Flyer The Health Departments from Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties are working together on a campaign they call, “One Caring Person”. The campaign is hoping to improve a child’s opportunities to overcome trauma and ACEs by learning to cope with stress, practicing calming techniques, engaging kids in age-appropriate volunteer service to the community, making time for fun and activities that kids enjoy, building resilience, and increasing opportunities for kids to connect with caring adults.

Below are the flyers that the Health Departments and the IHN-CCO are distributing throughout the community.  Please take a look and see if this is something you might be interested in participating in.

To download an English flyer, please click here.

To download a Spanish flyer, please click here.

To download an Educator flyer, please click here.


OPEC Releases List of Family Resources

Recently the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC) released it’s list of favorite Parent Resources.  In order to be included on this list, the resource/agency must be research-based, inclusive, and come from an organization that provides the parent information free of charge.   These websites offer families support by sharing information on child development and parenting strategies, providing families with resources related to quality child care, and more. Use them to support your own family or share them with the families in your life!

To download the list, please click here.