Summer 2017
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NoteFromLynne A Note From Lynne

Lynne chats with guests at Flights & Bites for Families.
Parenting Now!'s collaborations make it possible for us to reach families in ways we never could on our own! The most recent example of this is our new resources website ( For more than 30 years, Parenting Now!, in collaboration with the Eugene Active 20-30 Club and Head Start of Lane County, has printed and distributed the Resources for Families poster containing comprehensive and accurate contact information for the many resources available to families in Lane County.

You've probably seen the poster around town in medical offices, schools, and many other places. It's also distributed in the materials that hospitals and birth centers send home with new parents - in fact, that's how I heard about Birth To Three when I was a new parent. But now, in collaboration with LaneKids and the Early Childhood Alliance, we have a wonderful new option: a searchable online database to complement and expand the poster offerings. Created in partnership with And Update My Website, the site offers descriptions of service providers, along with clickable websites and phone numbers, for everything from Adoption and Anger Management to Special Needs and Substance Abuse Recovery. With translation assistance from Head Start of Lane County, the site is offered in Spanish and English.

Thanks to our collaborators, we are able to provide both the poster and the website to families on the go. Together, we are working to ensure that every child is raised by a nurturing, skilled parent! Thank you!

Lynne Swartz
Executive Director
Upcoming Events

Enjoy and support Parenting Now! at these events. 
  • August 10, Farm Fete
  • September 10, Grandparent's Day
  • November 5, Panel Discussion: Kids and Pets
Parenting Now! events are added regularly. Check out our calendar or Facebook page (and "like" our page) to keep up to date with new and exciting opportunities and offerings.

Fifteen families listen as the group's parenting educator holds a glass of water. The analogy is simple enough but its meaning profound: You start your day with a glass of water. As the day progresses, you take small sips. Eventually those small sips result in an empty cup. Now the question is: How do you replenish it?   Parenting Now!'s Make Parenting A Pleasure group starts with a conversation about self-care: Like the empty glass, how do you fill yourself back up so you can successfully care for yourself and your child?    READ MORE
Buy Your Great Rotary Raffle Tickets From Parenting Now!

Parenting Now! is thrilled to be one of five agencies chosen for the 2017 Great Rotary Raffle. We will receive funding for our  Make Parenting A Pleasure  family of programs, reaching more than 450 at-risk parents and children.
The  Make Parenting A Pleasure  family of programs serves some of the most vulnerable families in our area. Tickets go on sale July 3rd. Come by our office Monday thr ough Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  to buy tickets. $5 gets you one ticket, or $125 for a full book! Prizes include 2017 Hyundai Sonata SE PZEV (for first place), a $5,000 Jerry's Home Improvement Center shopping spree, a $2,000 Fred Meyer gift card, and much more!
News and Updates

Reminder:  Playtime for Parents and Children, Incredible INFANTs, and Baby Connection will be offered throughout the summer. 

The  Make Parenting A Pleasure family of programs starts back up in the fall, including a program in Florence! 

New Staff:  Please join us in welcoming Parenting Now!'s newest staff members.
  • Amanda Bedortha, Communications Content Writer and Editor
  • Meredith Calzia, Children's Program Coordinator

Foundation Update: So many foundations and organizations support us. Thanks so much for recent support from:      
  • The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation - Make Parenting A Pleasure Programs
  • Children's Trust Fund of Oregon - For organizational support
  • Juan Young Trust - Young Parents Program
  • LaneKids - Make Parenting A Pleasure in Florence
  • United Way of Lane County - Make Parenting A Pleasure Programs
  • United Rotary Clubs of Lane County - Make Parenting A Pleasure Programs
  • Windermere Foundation - The First 3 Years Program

Meet Our Board and Staff
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The last few months have been packed with terrific events, including our very first Mother's Day 5K! We hope you will be able to join us at future happenings!

This March, Parenting Now! held its St. Patrick's Day Auction and Gala at the Valley River Inn.
Guests of Flights & Bites for Families enjoyed a beautiful evening at Sarver Winery. 
Parenting Now! celebrated Mother's Day with a 5K at Alton Baker Park.
Grateful for Kitty Piercy's powerful keynote speech at Parenting Now's Family Matters Breakfast.

Celebrating Families: An Update From the Development Team
It has been a busy spring here at Parenting Now!  From our annual auction in March to our Family Matters event in June, Parenting Now! community members and volunteers showed up to raise close to $150,000 for our parenting programs.  Wow! Events are always such a great way to get together with donors and supporters, but it is that bottom line that really makes the difference in the lives of families in Lane County and beyond. READ MORE
Thank You for Your Support!
Whether you refer parents to us, have joined our Sustainer Fund, shop for us on Amazon Smile, have designated us as an eScrip beneficiary, or are one of our steadfast donors, we thank you for your belief in us and our vision to create a world where all children are raised by nurturing, supportive parents.