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Earl Boyles Builds Literacy with Multnomah County Library Partnership Earl Boyles Builds Literacy with Multnomah County Library Partnership Monday, September 19, 2016 Access to books and time to read are essential for kids who want to explore, learn, and build their literacy skills. That’s why the Multnomah County Library (MCL) established a Lending Library at Earl Boyles Elementary in Southeast Portland — to provide a free resource for young readers and their families that removes barriers to books and reading. Considered a demonstration site, the Lending Library began three years ago with a grant from The...
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Yoncalla Elementary Offers High-Quality Preschool for 20 Children Yoncalla Elementary Offers High-Quality Preschool for 20 Children Monday, September 19, 2016 Yoncalla Elementary School begins offering high-quality preschool on Sept. 19 for 20 children, giving Yoncalla Early Works a big leap forward in its mission to prepare the district’s young children for school success. “It is going to be a game changer,” says Erin Helgren, Yoncalla Early Works site liaison for Children’s Institute. Yoncalla Early Works is a partnership initiated by Yoncalla School District, and The Ford Family ...
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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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