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Congress considering programs with huge impact on Oregon children, families Congress considering programs with huge impact on Oregon children, families Tuesday, July 21, 2015 Last week, early childhood advocates from across the country came together in Washington, D.C., to learn from each other and talk with partners focused on federal policy connected to our local work. While there, I was able to meet with Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and staffers for Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to talk about how Congress is making decisions that can directly improve the lives of young Oregon children...
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Victory for Oregon’s young children Victory for Oregon’s young children Monday, July 06, 2015 Oregon’s young children won a major victory this week. On Monday, the last day of the 2015 Oregon legislative session, the Oregon Senate approved a bill that will make high-quality preschool available for more children from low-income families in the state. That vote marked the final approval of the Children's Institute's entire legislative agenda for improving early learning in Oregon. The Legislature's approval of the preschool legislation will...
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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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