August 2019
One Small Step for LaneKids
It IS Rocket Science
50 years ago, NASA figured out how to send a person to the moon. While the launch of our LaneKids newsletter is nowhere near as historic, we would argue parenting is just as challenging and complex as landing on the moon!

Being a parent involves many "first steps" that range from sweet to exciting to overwhelming. We may not always feel good about the job we are doing as we race to keep up with the evolving needs of our kids.

Our hope is that LaneKids' website, social media and newsletter will support you with down to earth advice and helpful resources as you navigate these many firsts. Raising kids can feel like rocket science and we're here to help!
Wondering What to Read?
¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market by Ra úl the Third
We asked Rachael Perry, one of our favorite librarians at the Eugene Public Library, for a recommendation. She said this picture book would be great to read to an older reader or listener of picture books!

Lobo’s Delivery Service is on the scene! Join Little Lobo and his pup Bernabe as they deliver supplies to their friends at the Mercado. Text in both English and Spanish gives context to Little Lobo’s bilingual world and provides an excellent introduction to a Mexican-American border town market. Fans of seek-and-find books will discover a lot to love in this visually stunning picture book.

Featured Blog
Creating a Successful Summer Chore Plan

With the kids home for summer and lots of housework that needs tending to, you may be wondering what chores you can give to your older children. Studies have shown that there are benefits to children having chores, including learning mastery of a ...

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Upcoming Events
Eugene/Springfield PRIDE
August 10

For all LGBTQ+ family, friends, and allies: a celebration of all that makes our community great, featuring: live entertainment, delicious food and drinks, community partners, local vendors, family activities!
LaneKids staff will be there with crafts and info about our programs. Come by and meet us in person!
Scandinavian Festival
August 8-11

Celebrate local Scandinavian heritage with food, crafts and entertainment at Junction City’s 59th Scandinavian Festival.

Three stages of entertainment, local vendors, classic fair food plus the Danish favorite treat, aebleskivers!
Cottage Grove Concerts
in the Park
Wednesdays in August

A free concert series for all to enjoy every Wednesday evening in August at Bohemia Park Amphitheater.

A market runs in conjunction with the concerts selling food, arts and crafts.
Free Parenting Education Classes
Every year, LaneKids, with support from the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, Trillium, and Lane County government, awards funding to local organizations that teach parenting education. Here are some of the organizations hosting classes over the next year:

  • Bethel Family Resource Center
  • Eugene Suzuki Music School
  • Family Relief Nursery (Cottage Grove)
  • Fern Ridge Family Resource Center
  • First Place Family Center
  • Oakridge Family Resource Center
  • Parenting Now!
  • Pearl Buck Center
  • Relief Nursery (Eugene & Springfield)
  • South Lane Family Resource Center (Cottage Grove)

Programs For Every Family
Food For Lane County invites all youth age 18 and younger to eat lunch for free during the summer months.Visit the Google map for locations.For a complete map of food sites across Oregon visit or text FOOD to 877877.
Summer Reading 2019: A Universe of Stories. Libraries across Lane County are hosting fun family friendly events, story times, and hands-on learning opportunities. A great way to get even the most reluctant reader excited about reading over the summer!
Contact Us
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LaneKids is Lane County’s parenting education hub.
Our mission is to ensure a ll parents in Lane County have the knowledge, tools, and support to nurture their child’s optimal development for success in school and life.
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