The Douglas Education Service District’s Early Learning Hub was the topic of a Talking Health program on News Radio 1240 KQEN.
Analicia Nicholson, director of education services at the E.S.D. in Roseburg, was interviewed about parenting education and the goal of the Early Learning Hub to equip young children with needed skills for success in schools and life.
The following is an edited version of the interview with talk show host Lisa Platt.
Lisa: Can you explain the role of the Early Learning Hub and how it is related to the services provided by the ESD?
Analicia: A few years ago early learning hubs were developed and our county went after one. The vision is to really embrace families and childhood professionals, schools, businesses, faith leaders, healthcare providers, and others working together in a partnership to serve kids zero-to-5, that have a variety of needs. So we try to gather those folks together to figure out the best services that we can provide for them, and what are the gaps, and those sorts of things.
Lisa: Does parent education fall under the learning hub?
Analicia: Our parent education is within our early learning hub programming. It’s one of the partners of the hub, so once we became one, it transitioned into that part because that’s where the majority of our services are.
Lisa: What are some of the opportunities and resources our parents and schools could look for from the ESD or the parent education program at the ESD?
Analicia: Our parenting hub is called Take Root Parenting Hub and it serves Douglas, Klamath, and Lake Counties. In Douglas County, we provide a parenting class series which happens over a 10 to 13 week period, depending on the class that you’re in. We also do workshops which is like a one-night specific focus.
Our purpose in this program is really to empower parents and grandparents, and caretakers, whomever is taking care of your children, a chance to enjoy that task of raising kids, and the ups and downs and preparing you for what that looks like.
Classes include strategies to promote health development, so it’s what should your child development look like in two or three and six months.
Our series also includes effective discipline, what are strategies you can use with your children, self care, and how do you take care of yourself as a parent.
Lisa: Are the classed mainly geared toward parents with younger kids?
Analicia: The majority of our classes are for zero-to-9-year-olds, that’s what our grant is for and supports. Then we use other grants in the county to have classes for parents with teenagers and tweens.
Lisa: Are there resources for families for students that have disabilities or special needs?
Analicia: On Feb. 22 we’re having a workshop for children that have ADHD, attention deficit disorder. Then throughout the year we’ll have other classes that focus on special needs students.
Lisa: Where can parents or caregivers get information about these classes?
Analicia: We have a multitude of places you can check out, so on the Douglas ESD website, you will find a tab for parents and parent education. The classes we’re offering this term are listed.
We have a Facebook page, Take Root Parenting Douglas, Klamath and Lake is our Facebook page.
Also every term, when UCC sends out their course catalogue, our classes for the term are listed in there.
Lisa: What is the Make Parenting a Pleasure class?
Analicia: It’s one in the series that we offer, the other one is Nurturing Parent. We have two of those being offered right now.
It basically empowers the fact that you are the student’s first teacher, their most important teacher, and you’ll learn techniques to help your child learn and grow through a positive child interaction and how to model the behaviors you expect from your children.
Lisa: How long is this class?
Analicia: They’re two hours, 6-8 p.m. once a week, just depending on the length of the series, 10 to 13 weeks, and some have gone 16 weeks, by choice.
Lisa: Are the classes at the ESD facility or do you have a different facility each time?
Analicia: We try to offer the classes throughout the entire county. The workshops happen at the ESD office.
Lisa: What is the Healthy Beginnings class?
Analicia: You have brought this beautiful baby home and you’ve nested, you’ve got the crib, the outlets and all the stuff you need to take care of the child, so the physical needs are probably met, but this workshop is about the social, emotional needs.
Lisa: How does your professional development program for teachers and staff help and make an impact in our community?
Analicia: We really focus on equity and access. We want to make sure that kids have access to quality education, and the teachers have access to effective teaching strategies.
Lisa: Is there a best practice you use for parent education?
Analicia: As a part of our grant funding we have to use evidence based curriculum so that means they’ve been researched and we know that they improve parents’ ability to parent their children, so all of our series use best practice curriculum.
Lisa: Is there some kind of assistance available for families if they want to participate in an education workshop? You said the classes are free, but if they want to join a workshop, is there some kind of assistance?
Analicia: There are some waivers so we can help out some families, and the child care is free so you can bring your children.
If you have questions about the classes, call us at 541-817-3119.