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How Healthy Families Serves Clackamas County

November 14, 2022

By Chantel Brumbaugh, Family Support & Community Outreach Specialist | Healthy Families is a free, voluntary home visiting program for families with brand new babies and prenatal parents. We are a parent support program that empowers, encourages and strengthens the parent-child bond through an empathetic approach. We offer family-focused weekly home visits, parent-child activities, connections…

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ClackCoKids Goes to the Pumpkin Patch!

November 4, 2022

By Courtney Duvall, Head Start Teacher | A big thank you to Fir Point Farms for hosting our staff, children, and families for a Pumpkin Patch event last week! One of our parent Policy Council members, Kandace Miranda-Soto, organized the event and was able to get us on the farm, free pumpkins for every child…

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PUBLICACIÓN INVITADA: Elevando la Cultura Latinx en la Comunidad de Canby

September 23, 2022

Por Puentes Entre Culturas (Bridging Cultures) | Click here to read this post in English En celebración del Mes de la Herencia Hispana, ClackCoKids quisiera destacar una organización especial que presta servicios a nuestra comunidad de Canby/Barlow con programación y servicios culturalmente específicos con los que nos hemos asociado durante el verano de 2022. En…

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GUEST POST: 988: A New Three-Digit Lifeline

September 7, 2022

By Bart Brewer & Gary Marschke; NAMI Clackamas | Congress passed legislation in Fall 2020 designating 988 as the three-digit number to connect people to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The goal was to create a simple and memorable phone number to connect with effective help in the moment. As of July 16, 2022, anyone…

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GUEST POST: Happy World Breastfeeding Week from Clackamas County WIC!

August 1, 2022

By Aria Baker, MS, IBCLC; Clackamas County WIC Program Lactation Consultant | August 1st through 7th each year is World Breastfeeding Week and many families are interested in learning more about infant feeding guidelines! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated their breastfeeding recommendations. They encourage parents to exclusively breastfeed for approximately 6 months…

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COVID-19 Policy Update

July 1, 2022

By Georgia Ullmann; ClackCoKids Health Services Specialist | Since the beginning of the pandemic we have all had to deal with a lot of change. Now that some time has passed and more research has been completed, we know better than ever about precautions that can stop the spread of COVID-19, and how to prevent…

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ClackCoKids Passes Federal Review!

June 4, 2022

By Darcee Kilsdonk; ClackCoKids Executive Director | During the week of April 18th, ClackCoKids participated in a federal review for our Head Start and Early Head Start programs. As part of this process, a federal reviewer visited 15 of our classrooms, both observing the classroom and interviewing teachers. Additionally, our agency engaged in about 20…

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Laura Linda’s Head Start Story

June 3, 2022

In celebration of Head Start’s 57th birthday, ClackCoKids Education Coach Laura Linda Negri-Pool shared a personal story with our Executive Director, Darcee Kilsdonk, about her professional journey with Head Start. Laura Linda’s story – like many others at ClackCoKids – is a reminder that our work impacts not just children and families, but the also…

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ClackCoKids Goes to Baltimore!

May 25, 2022

By Raylene Donaldson; ClackCoKids Education Manager | Last week I had the opportunity to travel to Baltimore with a group of ClackCoKids staff and parents for the National Head Start Association conference. The event was held in-person for the first time since 2019, and the energy and joy at being able to gather with others…

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What’s Cooking at ClackCoKids?

May 23, 2022

By Natalie Hornstein; ClackCoKids Community Connections Specialist | Long time Estacada community member Sandy Walker has joined the ClackCoKids team as a cook in our Estacada Center! Sandy was an owner/operator at the Harmony Baking Company with her partner for almost 30 years before selling the business to her niece, keeping it in the family.…

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