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PMH receives $6,950 early childhood development grant from the Oregon Community Foundation

   Pioneer Memorial Hospital has been awarded a $6,950 grant for an early childhood development program that should go into effect in winter of 2008.
   The funding, which will come from the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), will help support "Parents as Teachers" training for Crook County early childhood service providers.
   "It's a fabulous grant," said Cindy Brockett, community coalition coordinator. "It empowers parents to be the first educators their child sees and knows."
   The program is expected to reach 200 children aged birth to 3 over the next two years, according to Susan Schneider, charitable gift planner for the central Oregon region of OCF. The last "Parents as Teachers" training session was held in August of 2007.
   Parents as Teachers is a national nonprofit organization that provides parents with child development knowledge and parenting support, according to the program's Web site. It is based on four program areas that help in early development: Born to Learn, Professional Development, Meld, and Learn.
   Since the inception of its signature "Oregon! Ready to Learn" initiative in 2000, the OCF has given approximately $5 million in grants to organizations providing early childhood services in the state.
   The Pioneer Memorial Hospital grant comes from the Birth-Three Early Childhood Education Endowment/Elizabeth Ann Gray Sub-fund of the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF).
   "This is a big endowment for Oregon," Schneider said.
   "It has already put $314,000 into state early childhood education programs," Schneider concluded.