YCCO Invites Families to Local Parks for Free Picnics this Summer



CONTACT: Ann Shultz


Yamhill Locals Invited to Family Picnics in the Park

Yamhill Community Care brings families together and helps ready children for kindergarten



McMINNVILLE, ORE. 11 JUNE, 2019—Emphasizing the importance of parent engagement, Yamhill Community Care (YCCO) is hosting three picnics in the community this summer for families with children of all ages. The picnics offer a chance to build community, one of the protective factors proven to help communities reduce rates of child abuse and neglect. 


“These summer picnics are a great example of the innovative and strategic work coming from YCCO’s Early Learning Hub,” says President and CEO Seamus McCarthy, Ph.D. “Through collaboration with community partners, the Hub brings together resources that support and strengthen healthy families and prepare children to arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed.” 


The times and locations of the picnics are as follows:


Sheridan City Park
601 NE Yamhill St.
Wed., 6/19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Memorial Park
411 Howard St.
Thurs., 7/11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Discovery Meadows
Community Park
1300 SW Cypress Ln.
Wed., 8/21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Children ages 2 to 5 can participate in organized games and activities and will receive grab bags with take-home activities geared toward kindergarten readiness skills such as literacy, numeracy and self-regulation. Health screenings will also be available and all attendees are welcome to a free barbecue lunch. There is no cost to participate and no registration is required. 


For anyone interested in getting involved, the Hub’s Early Learning Council is seeking two new volunteer members. The group meets once a month on the second Thursday at 4 p.m. and works together to address the goals of the Hub. Parents of children up to 8 years of age are encouraged to apply and should contact Jenn Richter at jrichter@yamhillcco.org for details. In addition, a parent leadership council will be formed in the fall to help inform the work of the Hub and volunteer members will be needed. For more information, visit  www.yamhillcco.org or call (503) 376-7421.