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Parents + Families


Parents are a child’s most important teacher and the home is their first classroom. Starting Strong works to support parents and families in being their best by sharing the most important information available on what they can do to support their child. From reading with your child every day, to finding the right help when something goes wrong, Starting Strong is working with the community to grow your support.

Join Our Parent Council

The Starting Strong Parent Council brings together parents from diverse backgrounds who want to take on an expanded role in improving early childhood systems in Portland, including increasing access to affordable, high-quality childcare and education. Learn more.

videos on reading tips for parent and caregivers

Talking is Teaching: Tips to talk, read, and sing to your child every day

Starting Strong – with the help of over a dozen community partners – has been implementing the national ‘Talking is Teaching’ campaign. This campaign provides fun tips on how to use everyday activities to talk, read, and sing with your young beginning at birth in order to help your child thrive in school and beyond. Learn more.

Other Resources

Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children: Tips for Families
Tips are organized by age (Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers) and are intended to help parents and families support their children’s social and emotional development–nurturing children’s ability to develop healthy relationships, manage challenges and realize their full potential. Click to Download