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Convincing legislators of what we know: early learning is a smart investment Convincing legislators of what we know: early learning is a smart investment Tuesday, February 24, 2015 We are now three weeks into the Oregon legislative session, and our commitment to getting more kids served in high-quality early learning programs while continuing to strengthen the early learning system could not be stronger. Almost three-quarters of children from low-income Oregon families – or more than 30,000 – lack access to high-quality preschool. Only a tiny fraction of eligible families have access to the coaching and support an experienced home...
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Moving forward for Oregon's children Moving forward for Oregon's children Tuesday, February 17, 2015 When Governor Kitzhaber resigned last week, Oregon lost the extraordinary vision and leadership of one of the foremost early childhood advocates in the nation. His understanding of early childhood education and clear and courageous diagnosis of and prescription for how to chart a new course for Oregon through health and education reforms was unmatched by any other governor I have seen in my time as an advocate for children. The circumstances surrounding this...
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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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