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Community Leaders Celebrate Richard C. Alexander Early Learning Center at Earl Boyles Community Leaders Celebrate Richard C. Alexander Early Learning Center at Earl Boyles Tuesday, September 23, 2014 “This facility is a shining example of a model of collaboration and a spirit of resourcefulness,” Governor Kitzhaber said last week at the opening celebration for the Richard C. Alexander Early Learning Center and adjacent neighborhood center at Earl Boyles Elementary School in southeast Portland. The Early Learning Center, which houses four full-day kindergarten classrooms, three preschool classrooms, and a developmentally appropriate outdoor courtyard...
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Community health assessment builds connections between health, early learning Community health assessment builds connections between health, early learning Monday, September 08, 2014 “It’s healing for my soul to see the neighborhood,” Sharnissa Secrett said as she walked up a brick walkway to a small house just a few blocks from Earl Boyles Elementary in Southeast Portland. She hadn’t lived in the neighborhood long and was looking for a way to get involved with the elementary school and get to know her neighbors. Secrett decided to work as a data collector this summer for the Earl Boyles neighborhood community health assessment,...
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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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