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The Early Link Blog

A busy September at Yoncalla Early Works A busy September at Yoncalla Early Works Thursday, September 17, 2015 There are muffins and goldfish crackers and juice boxes. There are infant mats on the floor, along with toys and books. Plenty of books. And in the Family Room at Yoncalla Elementary School every morning this week, there have also been Yoncalla families – parents of infants and toddlers – getting their introduction to what the Yoncalla Family Room and the Early Works initiative is all about. Yoncalla Early Works is an initiative of the Ford Family Foundation,...
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ODE gives educators new tool to improve attendance ODE gives educators new tool to improve attendance Tuesday, September 01, 2015 While ODE previously released some measures of chronic absence in school and district report cards, these new data will provide a level of detail that will give policymakers, educators and parents a detailed understanding of the problem – and a starting place to address it. Specifically, the new data release will provide chronic absence rates at the school district and school level, and will disaggregate these numbers to show chronic absence among racial,...
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Parent Perspectives on the First Five Years

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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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