Next Door Inc. announces family photo contest

To celebrate “Oregon Parenting Education Week,” May 19-25, the Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Program of The Next Door is having a photo contest.

The agency is seeking photos of children from birth to 6 years interacting with an adult in a healthy activity. Activities can include a family outing, playing, eating, story time, making a craft, playing at a park, or any other healthy adult and child interaction.


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All photos must be in JPG format, with a minimum of 4 megapixels.

Deadline to enter is May 15.

Parenting Education Coordinator Nancy Johanson Paul said, “With so many great photographers, wonderful kids, creative parents and so many healthy things to do, I can hardly wait to see the photos.”

Plan to submit photos by May 15. Photos can include a parent, grandparent, child care provider, preschool teacher, or other adult. Everyone who submits a photo will receive a toy or book. Eight photos will be chosen for a community photo display, and each of those photographers will receive a gift certificate from Klindt’s Booksellers or G.Willikers Toy Store.

Photos must show an adult and a child age zero to six years interacting together. All photos must be in JPG format, with a minimum of 4 megapixels. Download an entry form at

The Columbia Gorge Parenting Education Program of Wasco and Hood River Counties would like to call attention to the importance of skilled and caring parents, grandparents, foster parents, and child care providers in the lives of children.

Parenting education helps parents and caregivers learn how to best support their child’s development and promote the child’s success in school and life. In parenting classes, parents learn to have realistic expectations for themselves and for their children. Improved knowledge of positive parenting practices and normal child development encourages loving and skilled parenting, which helps ensure the child’s well-being.

Columbia Gorge Parenting Education is a program of The Next Door, a local nonprofit whose mission is opening doors to new possibilities by strengthening children and families and improving communities. Staff members work with thousands of people in the Columbia Gorge who are striving; to grow up strong, to stay far from trouble, to be the best parents they can be, and even to learn a sustainable way to have healthy food for their families.

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