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Kindergarten transition programs find growing success Kindergarten transition programs find growing success Tuesday, August 26, 2014 "Everyone, grab someone's hand," said Andreina Velasco, the Children's Institute Early Works Site Liaison at Earl Boyles Elementary School in Southeast Portland, to a group of about 20 parents and family members of new kindergartners. The group, attendees of the Earl Boyles Early Kindergarten Transitions class, gathered around her and created a human knot. They proceeded to work out how to untie it. After climbing over tables and doing quite a bit giggling,...
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Oregon's Early Learning Hubs get the ball rolling Oregon's Early Learning Hubs get the ball rolling Tuesday, July 01, 2014 The new Early Learning Hubs are one example in the larger effort to create a better system for young Children in Oregon. Six Hubs have formed this year and begun working to better align services, identify children and families in need and help more children get prepared for kindergarten. In this story, the Children's Institute checks in with two of the Hubs to see what they've accomplished so far, where they're headed and how they're going to get there.
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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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