Wallowa County Commission on Children and Families 2012-13 Fiscal Year Funded Programs
Exploration: An Out of School Time Alliance - Mentoring/Tutoring: The 5-12th gade Tutoring and Mentoring program was implemented to better suit the academic needs of older students and allow a more tailored curriculum for younger students. This program is offered in all three Wallowa County school districts and has been highly supported by school administration and staff. The program runs on a one-on-one support model, with Exploration staff present as each school site whil mentoring pairs meet to assure the comfort of both mentor and mentee.
Awarded to: Building Healthy Families from Federal Youth Investment Funds
Healthy Start: Healthy Start offers home visiting, parent education and referrals to needed services to all first time parents. Voluntary screening and risk assessment is conducted to target the most intensive services to those families most in need. Ages: Children 0-5 and their families/parents.
Awarded to: Building Healthy Families from State Healthy Start Funds
Parent Education: The Parent Education program enhances parenting skills and improves family relationships through high-quality, family focused parent education classes; increases the network of experienced parent education facilitators; and provides a center for parent education resources and materials.
Awarded to: Building Healthy Families from State Children, Youth & Families Funds
Learning Center: The Learning Center serves children ages one to four, particularly with multiple risk factors. This program provides high quality early learning opportunities free of charge and/or low cost two days weekly, and including a USDA approved breakfast and lunch. Building Healthy Families staff serve to align community services as well as any other community resource to meet the child/family needs.
Awarded to: Building Healthy Families from State Great Start Funds, and Federal Family Preservation & Support Funds
Wallowa County Library - Training Wheels: The Wallowa County Library supports children’s learning through early literacy, improves quality childcare for all caregivers including parents, and promotes developmentally appropriate practices and increases awareness of child development. Outreach programs include Training Wheels and the Up & Away After-School program. The Training Wheels program provides interactive theme-based literacy programs in family day care homes, preschools, Head Start and other sites serving children. Additional services include Babies Read classes on early brain development, newborn baby book bags, outreach literacy programs to schools and parent resources including newsletters. The Up & Away After-School program is offered at the Enterprise, Joseph and Wallowa City Libraries and provides enrichment opportunities for school-aged children focusing on literature, science and art with the goal of connecting families to the library.
Awarded to: Wallowa County Library from State Children, Youth & Families Funds and State Great Start Funds
Youth Employment & Enrichment: This program serves non-adjudicated youth by paying up to $500 of a youth's wages to an employer who agrees to participate in the program. The program instructs assigned youth on how to prepare a resume, complete applications, interview and other job skills. The program intends for youth to gain work experience and give an employer incentive to hire a youth on a more permanent basis. An employer is also encourged to serve as a mentor/role model for the youth in their employ. Also, up to $500 can be paid to a youth who attends an approved class, workshop, camp, or other self-esteem building activity.
Awarded to: Wallowa County Department of Youth Services from Federal Youth Investment Funds