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Ramping Up After School Care

With school start times changing in Bend, local programs expand offerings to meet the need
If you're a parent who's not yet aware of the child care crunch in Central Oregon, prepare for a rude awakening. And with changes to school start times ahead for the 2019-2020 school year, that problem has only gotten worse.

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March for Students Downtown Bend became a sea of red on May 8, as local families and Bend-La Pine Schools' staff members — all wearing red —rallied together in support of appropriate state funding for public education.

"Little Bird" Books Expand to Babies

Last year, Bend-based author Kristen Riggle released her locally focused book, "Little Bird Explores Bend," introducing young readers to some of the animals and geography of the region. Now, the author has launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce her newest book, "Hello, Bend!" geared toward a younger set, children age 0 to 3.

CASA of Central Oregon: A Voice for Children

This year alone, approximately 500 abused and neglected children in Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties spent time in foster care.

A New Kid Gov for Oregon

Oregon has a female in the governor's office—and as of the start of this year, the state also can boast having one in the kid governor's "office."

Up Earlier or Later

Bend-La Pine students will have new school start times next year
A number of studies on the adolescent brain have concluded that teenagers benefit from starting school later in the morning.

Families First

Bethlehem Inn provides crucial services for the community in its new building
Known as one of the few homeless shelters in Bend, The Bethlehem Inn has become a pivotal place to help families get back on their feet.

A New Support Line for Central Oregon Parents

Heart to Heart support line is looking for parent volunteers
As the parent of a young child, Sarah Guilfoy said she often felt alone—not knowing if she was making the right decisions.

Feds Crack Down on E-Cigs

Local campaigns aim to alert adults about marketing tobacco to youth
They're so small you might mistake them for USB devices—but those small e-cigarette devices are the subject of big discussions with the Food and Drug Administration.

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