The Building Healthy Families program is the recipient of a $17,500 grant from the John and Betty Gray Early Childhood Project of the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to fill the gap in their parent education curriculum by providing "The Incredible Years" parent training programs.

The mission of the Building Healthy Families program is to strengthen Wallowa County families thorough powerful parent education and support programs. Parents gain resources and skills to nurture and guide children of all ages. Most importantly, the program helps create family environments that assure children's school readiness, academic success, and life skills.

The grant is part of OCF's five year $2.5 million John and Betty Gray Early Childhood Project, aimed at improving the quality of early childhood education on behalf of Oregon's children, parents, and child care providers. Eight grants were awarded in May, 2003, totaling $188,500 as part of the first round of grants for this new initiative.

The OCF, established in 1973, manages charitable funds donated by individuals, families, and businesses to enhance and support the quality of life in their communities. Today, the foundation's endowment consists of more that 900 funds with combined assets of nearly $400 million.

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