What's New in Polk County

Personal Protection Training

By Polk County 04/05/17

In recognition of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, Polk County partners came up with a fun, interactive opportunity for women to learn self-defense techniques! 

Classes are FREE for women and girls! 

In these classes you will learn ways to protect yourself, increase your confidence, and learn what to do after an incident has occurred. 

Classes will be offered Saturday, April 8th or Saturday, April 15th from 10am-11:30am. No need to attend both! Trainings will happen at the Academy Building in Dallas (182 SW Academy St. Dallas, OR 97338)

A big thank you to the Polk County Sheriff's Office for making this class available! Class size is limited so if you are interested in attending or have any questions, please email segovia.jennifer@co.polk.or.us.


Child Abuse Prevention Walk

By Polk County 04/05/17

Join us on Thursday, April 20th from 10am to 11am at Henry Hill (750 S. 5th St. Independence, OR 97351).


Please wear navy blue to support the event! 


This is a family-friendly event, please feel free to invite anyone who would like to help support our cause!

Community Resource Meet and Greet

By Polk County 04/05/17

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Safe Families for Children team in Dallas invites you to the Community Resource Meet and Greet to talk with service Providers and learn about resources that the community has to offer. 

This event will take place on Monday, April 27th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Pressed Coffee and Wine Bar (788 Main St. Dallas, OR 97338)

Announcing a New Parent Resource

By Polk County 03/20/17

We are excited to announce a series of books to help parents prepare their child(ren) for school starting at birth. These books have resources, activities, and information to support parents/guardians in the development of their child(ren) from birth to 5 years old. View and download the books by clicking on these links:

Learning with Your Baby for Birth to 2 year olds 

(en Espanol)

Getting Ready for School One Step at a Time for 2-3 year olds 

(en Espanol)

Preparing for Kindergarten Success for 4-5 year olds 

(en Espanol)


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

By Mid-Valley Parenting 03/20/17

April is Child Abuse Prevention month and Mid-Valley Parenting is happy to be partnering with a number of agencies in Polk and Yamhill Counties to bring awareness and keep kids safe. Here is what currently is taking place (this list will be updated as other events, walks, and parenting seminars are planned):...

Mid-Valley Parenting Receives Expansion Grant

By Mid-Valley Parenting 06/30/16

Polk County has provided high quality, evidence-based parent education to parents in all areas of the county since July 2011. On July 1, 2016 the Parent Education program will expand into Yamhill County through Yamhill Community Care thanks to an award from the Oregon Parent Education Collaborative (OPEC) Expansion Grant. The $100,000 grant will be used to coordinate parent education, increase the number of trained parent facilitators, and expand parent education to all the communities in both counties. This award is part of a multi-year initiative developed by The Oregon Community Foundation in partnership with the Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, The Collins Foundation, and Oregon State University. Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler states, “We are proud of our staff for the successful service they have provided to Polk County residents over the years through the Parent Education Program. We are excited about the expanded partnership with Yamhill County to provide these same services to our citizens in the two County region.”


Kindergarten Registration Fairs

By Polk County 04/15/16

Falls City, Perrydale, Dallas and Central School Districts are preparing for the 2016-2017 school year. For the first time ever all the districts will be having their Kindergarten Registration Fairs on Saturday, April 30th.


Kindergarten Registration Fairs are held so parents and future kindergartners have a chance to meet the kindergarten teachers, visit the schools and get a sense of what kindergarten will look like. It is important for parents to register their children early so that schools can be ready to welcome their child on the first day of school.


April Parent Education Newsletter

By Polk County 04/06/16

In this month's edition of Oregon Parenting Together! newsletter the focus is on encouraging good behavior and strategies for helping your child when they have trouble remembering their manners. Click here to view the newsletter in English. Click here to view the newsletter in Spanish.

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We offer parenting classes in the following regions:

  • Central (Monmouth, Independence)
  • Dallas
  • Falls City
  • Grand Ronde / Willamina
  • Perrydale
  • West Salem