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Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce: Alga’s Story Supporting the Early Childhood Workforce: Alga’s Story Wednesday, June 29, 2016 “Alga, you always had your work prepared to bring to class and you took your academic responsibilities very seriously,” says Yolanda Buenafe, early childhood education instructor in Mt. Hood Community College’s Assistant Teacher Career Pathway program. “Your questions were very focused on what you wanted to accomplish.” Alganesh Weldeindrias smiles as she listens to her teacher’s praise. Today is her graduation day, and...
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Eager Learners: Earl Boyles Serves Infants and Toddlers in Play and Learn Program Eager Learners: Earl Boyles Serves Infants and Toddlers in Play and Learn Program Wednesday, June 22, 2016 “Put your shaker on your nose, on your nose!” A dozen parents and caregivers, gathered in a classroom at Earl Boyles Elementary in southeast Portland, sing along together, encouraging their children to touch their egg-shaped shaker-instruments to their noses. Many of the toddlers are engaged in the activity, while babies listen and watch their parents perform the action with fascination. A room full of infants, toddlers and parents at an elementary...
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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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