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Ready for School Campaign Launches Ready for School Campaign Launches Tuesday, December 16, 2014 The Ready for School Leaders Panel and the Children’s Institute are poised to make a significant impact for Oregon’s youngest and most vulnerable children in the 2015 Legislative Session. Today we release Advancing Birth-to-Third Grade Success, our policy brief that makes the case for the critical investments and policy changes in 2015 that are strongly supported by research and support on-track health and development, kindergarten readiness, and third-grade...
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Oregon loses federal preschool grant bid; what’s next? Oregon loses federal preschool grant bid; what’s next? Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Oregon faced a significant loss for early education last week when it learned it was not one of the 18 states awarded a federal Race to the Top- Preschool Development Grant. The 18 successful state grantees will have the opportunity to expand preschool to 4-year-olds from low- and moderate-income families and serve as national models for high quality state preschool expansion. This grant opportunity would have meant $60 million over four years to fund high-quality...
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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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