What’s new at the GCCF?

GCCF students enjoy fresh garden produce
Preschool and kindergarten students at the GCCF have garden fresh celery and tomatoes for lunch, thanks to the efforts of Easter Seals volunteer Susie Chapman. Chapman has kept the school garden growing since April, taking care of planting, weeding, and watering. The garden provided produce for the free summer lunch program and now the school lunch program. Any extra produce is shared with families.

Fall recreation program offers sports, arts, driver education
Gladstone’s community schools program offers low-cost classes and recreation programs for children, teens, and adults. Youth classes range from hip-hop and ballet to martial arts, sports, and driver education.. Adult courses include watercolor and oil painting, yoga, first aid, investing, and Spanish. To register, visit www.gladstone.k12.or.us or call 503.650.2570.

Gladstone launches monthly parenting classes
Help is available to parents of children six and under thanks to a series of monthly parenting classes at the Gladstone Center for Children & Families [GCCF]. All classes are free, with free dinner and childcare provided. Each class runs once a month from 6 to 8 p.m. September through June at 18905 Portland Avenue. To register, call Chelsea Hamilton at 503.367.9116 or email ClackamasParenting@gmail.com. Courses include:

Beautiful Babies: Meets every first Thursday This class is for moms & dads who are expecting or have children under 18 months old. Topics include child development and milestones, parenting styles, self-care, sleep, feeding, and playing with your baby.

Terrific Toddlers: Meets every second Thursday This class is for parents with children 18 months to 3 years old. Topics include toilet training, child safety, positive discipline, learning through play, and encouraging language and social development.

Growing Up: Meets every 3rd Thursday This class is for parents with children age 3 to 6. Topics include school readiness and adjustments, healthy screen time, nutrition, love languages, and positive sibling relationships.