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Early language development expert shares vision for smart babies Early language development expert shares vision for smart babies Thursday, April 14, 2016 Speaking to an audience of nearly 400 on Tuesday at the Children's Institute's 8th annual Make It Your Business event, Dr. Dana Suskind said, "Babies aren't born smart. They're made smart." As Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine, Dr. Suskind puts that belief to work in her practice. As founder and director of the Thirty Million Words initiative, she's building tools and spreading the word so practitioners, educators...
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Oregon Announces Preschool Promise Awardees Oregon Announces Preschool Promise Awardees Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Last week, Oregon's Early Learning Division announced their Preschool Promise award recommendations. The announcement marks an important step in the state’s process to increase publicly funded preschool opportunities for low-income children in Oregon. Preschool Promise, or House Bill 3380, was passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2015 with the goal of providing high-quality preschool in a variety of settings. Preschool Promise expands the types and number...
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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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