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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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Parents Connect with School in Yoncalla Family Center Class Parents Connect with School in Yoncalla Family Center Class Tuesday, June 17, 2014 One evening in early March, April Deese shares with five other parents gathered in Yoncalla Elementary School how she used stickers in the past week to improve the behavior of her 4-year-old boy. “I wanted him to start being quiet with his inside voice, and no hitting, and brush his teeth, which is a struggle, and take a shower,” says Deese, 41, mother of eight, four from her first marriage, two from the second and two stepchildren. Four are still at home. The...
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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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