Scientific Resources for Families

The Early Learning Division of the Oregon Department of Education presents this website, and the resources detailed, as helpful examples for parents and caregivers who want to build their children’s brains, as well as for professionals in the field of early childhood education who are looking for ways to layer brain science into their work.

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What is Brain Building?

The first 5 years of life show the most significant rate of growth for the human brain. During those early years, the groundwork is being laid for skills in literacy, language, math, and more. Brain architecture is directly influenced by our environment and relationships. This can be both exciting and intimidating for parents, but there are resources available to help!

Vroom

Vroom translates groundbreaking science into everyday language and pairs it with accessible, actionable tips that encourage back and forth interaction between parents and children.

Parenting Now!

Parenting Now! offers parenting education and support. We seek to strengthen families, decrease the potential for child abuse and neglect and help ensure that...

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

OMSI’s mission is to: Inspire curiosity through engaging science learning experiences, foster experimentation and the exchange of ideas, and stimulate informed action.

Gilbert House Children’s Museum

Gilbert House Children’s Museum provides innovative and stimulating educational experiences that spark children's natural curiosity. Our mission statement is "Inspiring children to learn through...

Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians provides classes for parents as well as youth in Reading, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, Technology,...

Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub, Inc.

Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub, Inc. includes Marion and Polk County geographic areas. Within the hub region, Salem-Keizer is the largest, most densely...

Family Resource Center of Central Oregon

Family Resource Center of Central Oregon provides community based parenting education classes and workshops throughout Central Oregon because parenting is messy and kids don’t...

Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND)

Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND), a video coaching program aimed to strengthen positive interactions between caregivers and children, uses select clips of adults...

Mind in the Making

Mind in the Making, a program of the Bezos Family Foundation, is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the...

Portland Children’s Museum

In an effort to help create a world where everyone reaches their full potential, Portland Children’s Museum, including Opal School and the Museum Center...

Impact NW

Impact NW’s Early Childhood and Family Services programs provide education and support services to parents and their children with the goal of helping children...

Children’s Institute

The Children’s Institute demonstrates the effectiveness of linking early learning with elementary schools and focuses on advocacy and policy innovation to improve outcomes for...
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