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Partnership strengthens preschool in Yoncalla Partnership strengthens preschool in Yoncalla Tuesday, May 03, 2016 It’s late morning on a sunny Wednesday in Yoncalla, Oregon and 14 preschoolers are gathered on a colorful alphabet rug. Most are cross-legged, but several are wiggling, struggling to contain their excitement. All eyes are on Jill Cunningham, the Yoncalla library’s branch manager, who has come to visit their classroom at Yoncalla Elementary. They are singing This Old Man together, complete with hand motions. “What rhymes with three?”...
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Early language development expert shares vision for smart babies Early language development expert shares vision for smart babies Thursday, April 14, 2016 Speaking to an audience of nearly 400 on Tuesday at the Children's Institute's 8th annual Make It Your Business event, Dr. Dana Suskind said, "Babies aren't born smart. They're made smart." As Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine, Dr. Suskind puts that belief to work in her practice. As founder and director of the Thirty Million Words initiative, she's building tools and spreading the word so practitioners, educators...
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Developmental delays surge in Oregon kids, and educators say that should mean increased services for them


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The number of young children identified as having developmental delays has risen in Oregon, led mainly by a huge one-year surge in Multnomah County, the state reported Wednesday.

That's cause for celebration among special education leaders, who say many toddlers and preschoolers in need of help were missed in the past. Reaching those children and their families earlier with specialized help will pay off with big gains in their communication, social and motor skills, educators say.

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