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Head Start, Earl Boyles give and take over preschool Head Start, Earl Boyles give and take over preschool Wednesday, October 22, 2014 In three years, the Early Works initiative has forged system change between a school district and one Head Start program, a change that at the outset seemed almost impossible. Three years ago, the Children’s Institute started an early learning demonstration project with community partners including Mt. Hood Community College Head Start, Multnomah Early Childhood Early Education/Early Intervention, David Douglas School District, and Earl Boyles Elementary....
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Community Leaders Celebrate Richard C. Alexander Early Learning Center at Earl Boyles Community Leaders Celebrate Richard C. Alexander Early Learning Center at Earl Boyles Tuesday, September 23, 2014 “This facility is a shining example of a model of collaboration and a spirit of resourcefulness,” Governor Kitzhaber said last week at the opening celebration for the Richard C. Alexander Early Learning Center and adjacent neighborhood center at Earl Boyles Elementary School in southeast Portland. The Early Learning Center, which houses four full-day kindergarten classrooms, three preschool classrooms, and a developmentally appropriate outdoor courtyard...
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Parent Perspectives on the First Five Years

Strategy for School Success
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Parent PerspectivesTo ensure the perspective of low-income parents is reflected in its public policy agenda, the Children's Institute commissioned Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall to conduct four focus groups. The research has been designed to assess parents' understanding of and attitudes toward the first five years of their child's life, covering topics such as school readiness, child care, and preschool. Participants also discussed what barriers they face in getting what they need to make sure their children have a healthy start during their first five years of life.

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