Parenting Program


You are your child’s first and most important teacher.

Neighborhood House’s Parenting Program helps parents enhance their parenting skills so they are better able to support their children’s healthy development and education. It provides culturally and developmentally appropriate services for families with children ages 0-6. The program fosters an inclusive environment, valuing the diverse backgrounds of the families it serves and respecting cultural differences.

Parenting Program services include:

  • Developmentally appropriate parent-child interactive play groups, including indoor park, art studios, and mindful yoga.
  • Parenting support groups, including a father's group.
  • Workshops on nutrition, child development, and early brain development to strengthen parenting.
  • Home visits.
  • Support and referrals for health and developmental screenings for all children.
  • Parent resource lending library.
  • Toy and book lending library for children.
  • Support and advocacy for families of children entering school and kindergarten readiness.
  • Linkages to community services and opportunities.
  • Family Literacy program, including ESL classes.
  • School transition services.
  • Trainings for schools and community service providers on cultural sensitivity and early childhood education.

Client Story

Jennifer and EmmaMohamud, a father of three from Somalia, has been participating in the Parenting Program for the past year. Since joining the Program, he has attended several workshops on school readiness, taken ESL courses at the library, and gone on many field trips, inlcuding to OMSI, the Oregon Zoo, and the Children's Museum. He has so enjoyed the experience that he organized a walking group for fathers, giving other dads the opportunity to socialize with each other, exercise, and engage in their children's learning. Mohamud loves spending time at the library with his children, encouraging them to read. He also participates in other Neighborhood House programs and community events.