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NeighborImpact Child Care Resources Family Newsletter
Volume 11 Issue 1
Every parent has what it takes to be a brain builder
What is Vroom? New science tells us that our children’s first years are
when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we
connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up—it’s their brains.
In these moments, half a million neurons fire at once. taking in all the
things we say and do. We can’t see it happening, but it’s all there, all at
work. That’s why Vroom is here.
Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bath
time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing
minds. Below are resources and activities that have been developed to support parents in
thinking about how they can maximize those shared moments.
Brain Building Basics: 5 things to remember for building your child’s brain
1. Look
Make eye contact so you and your child are looking at each
January-March 2015
Children learn to smile
from their parents.
Shinichi Suzuki
Karen Prow
Program Manager,
Newsletter Editor
Denise Hudson
Talk about the things you, see, hear and do together, and
explain what’s happening around you.
Projects Specialist,
Training Specialist,
Oregon Registry Specialist,
3. Follow
Take your child’s lead by responding to their sounds and
actions, even before they are old enough to talk. When they
do start talking, ask follow up questions like “What did you
think…?”or “Why did you like that?”
Make each moment longer by building upon what your child
does & says.
Leah Knoke
Parent Specialist, Trainer,
Parent Newsletter
Publisher, Consumer
Diana Soto
Bilingual Services
5.Take Turns
With sounds, words, faces and actions, go back and forth to
create a conversation or a game.
For more information or to access VROOM Tools and Activities,
visit or download the app on your smart phone
Abbie Rexroad
Inclusive Child Care
Program Specialist
Toll free:
Article excerpted from: Vroom
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Deschutes County School Based Health Centers
Students perform better when they attend class in good health
and are ready to learn. Deschutes County School Based Health
Centers help reduce school absences and improve a student’s
ability to succeed in school due to convenient locations on school
properties or at locations close to schools in La Pine, Redmond,
Bend and Sisters. Any child or student age 0 to 19 years, can
go to a School Based Health Center for well-child visits, immunizations, sports
physicals, mental health help, asthma clinics, immunizations, vision and hearing
tests, dental, prescription medications, and much more. You can also pay on a
sliding scale. For more information about Deschutes County School Based Health
Centers, please call (541) 923-8920 or visit .
Give your child a
Head Start
to be ready for Kindergarten!
Head Start Oregon Prekindergarten program is now enrolling children for the 20142015 school year. The program offers a free comprehensive child and family development
program serving income-qualified families with children ages 3 & 4 in quality preschool
environments throughout Crook and Deschutes counties. The program focuses on preparing
children and families for school through education, health services, and family
involvement. Space is limited, and it is important that families apply soon.
Please call 541-323-6527 or toll free 866-292-0143 Ext. 127 to have an application
mailed to you, or visit our website, to download one.
Struggling with your mortgage payments?
2015 Free Child Health and Development Screenings
Ages Birth through Five
Bend 1/24/2015
Redmond 1/30/2015
Prineville 2/6/2015
Madras 2/20/2015
Call 541-383-6357 or visit website for
an appointment.
NeighborImpact offers professional housing
counseling services at no-cost to homeowners in
Central Oregon – this includes you! If you’re
feeling financially stretched, take advantage of
our financial classes and services. If you’ve
missed a house payment, or are worried you are
going to, call for help today!
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Struggling with Child Care Payments?
See if you qualify for Employment Related Day Care through the Department of Human Services.
These offices also handle Food Stamps, Oregon Health Plan and cash assistance programs.
Crook County, 541-447-3260; Jefferson County, 541-475-6131; Bend,541-388-6010; Redmond, 541-548-5547
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