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Funds Awarded to Support Local Middle Schools

Positive Family Support in Yamhill County

McMinnville, Ore. —     Yamhill Community Care Organization is pleased to announce the awarding of Community Prevention and Wellness program funding to three schools: Duniway Middle School, Patton Middle School and Willamina Middle School. The funding, in the amount of $106,738, will support each school in implementing the Positive Family Support (PFS) initiative.

Positive Family Support – Family Check-Up is an evidence-based model that includes families in the effort to improve student performance. The program will bring a parent consultant and a Family Resource Center into schools, allowing school staff to better connect with families and ensure each child is equipped to learn both at school and at home. The parent consultant is dedicated to promoting a welcoming school culture and improving the positive working relationship between parents and schools. The Family Resource Center, housed within the school, will provide print resources on topics such as school-wide positive behavior interventions, parenting tips, and local services. This multi-tiered approach, which helps strengthen home-school partnership, will utilize a collaborative screening system to identify those in need of support.

“Positive Family Supports has been shown to not only improve grades and reduce depression, bullying, and absenteeism in schools, but also impact outcomes later in life like drug use and incarceration,” says Interim YCCO CEO Seamus McCarthy. “Funding these schools is a part of Yamhill CCO and its Early Learning Program’s ongoing investment in upstream prevention to improve the well-being of our children and our community as a whole.”

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For information about this story, contact Samantha Kinney, Community Health and Wellness Coordinator, at 503-474-6309 or

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