Parkdale daycare sets 30-year party

The Oregon Child Development Coalition (OCDC) will host a 30th anniversary celebration in Parkdale on Aug. 25.

The first migrant Head Start program in the nation, it was conceived in 1967 when the Parkdale community banded together to form daycare after a young girl was killed in an orchard.

The group applied and eventually received immigrant funding in 1971, and the OCDC was born.

The Aug. 25 celebrations run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Parkdale Community Center with an open house and a wandering guitarist, free lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a mariachi band at 1:30 p.m., and children's Spanish dancing at 2:30.

A soccer tournament will be held at Parkdale Elementary School, with two OCDC-sponsored teams squaring off at 1:30 p.m.

"OCDC provides a total family support unit that gives a loving environment to kids," said Hood River County Director Sally Packer-Akin.

"We care for them from just six weeks old up until kindergarten. Plus there's after-school care up to age 12."

OCDC also provides dental and medical assistance, along with counseling and classes in English and driving.

"I'm surprised at how major the event is becoming," said Packer-Akin. "We've already had 200 RSVPs, plus it's open to the public.

"We would love for people to come out and celebrate with us, and enjoy this day."

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