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David Douglas Makes Strides for English Language Learners David Douglas Makes Strides for English Language Learners Thursday, November 06, 2014 At the Children’s Institute we are very proud of our colleagues at David Douglas this week. The district was identified on November 5 by the Oregon Department of Education as one of just 8 districts in the state to meet benchmarks for English Language Learners around language proficiency. There are an estimated 70 languages spoken among students at David Douglas. Every year Oregon Department of Education releases the Annual Measurable Achievement Objective...
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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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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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