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Kindergarten transition programs find growing success Kindergarten transition programs find growing success Tuesday, August 26, 2014 "Everyone, grab someone's hand," said Andreina Velasco, the Children's Institute Early Works Site Liaison at Earl Boyles Elementary School in Southeast Portland, to a group of about 20 parents and family members of new kindergartners. The group, attendees of the Earl Boyles Early Kindergarten Transitions class, gathered around her and created a human knot. They proceeded to work out how to untie it. After climbing over tables and doing quite a bit giggling,...
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Oregon's Early Learning Hubs get the ball rolling Oregon's Early Learning Hubs get the ball rolling Tuesday, July 01, 2014 The new Early Learning Hubs are one example in the larger effort to create a better system for young Children in Oregon. Six Hubs have formed this year and begun working to better align services, identify children and families in need and help more children get prepared for kindergarten. In this story, the Children's Institute checks in with two of the Hubs to see what they've accomplished so far, where they're headed and how they're going to get there.
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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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