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The Early Link Podcast: First Things First: An Interview with Ruby Takanishi The Early Link Podcast: First Things First: An Interview with Ruby Takanishi Thursday, November 03, 2016 In this installment of the Early Link Podcast, we speak with Ruby Takanishi about her new book First Things First: Creating the New American Primary School. In the interview, Takanishi says, “primary education today reflects the social and economic divides in our country.” While some children in the United States are getting an outstanding world class education, many more children are in danger of being left behind. She describes early education...
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Preschool Promise Update Preschool Promise Update Wednesday, November 02, 2016 Preschool Promise, enacted by Oregon’s State Legislature in 2015, began serving approximately 1,300 children across the state in September. In its inaugural year, the program is designed to deliver high-quality early learning opportunities to families with incomes up to 200 percent of the Federal poverty threshold. The goal of Preschool Promise is to reach all low-income children with high-quality preschool programs to close the achievement gap and improve...
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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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