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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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Is Oregon Ready to Learn?

Improving Oregon's Kindergarten Readiness Survey
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is_oregon_ready_to_learn_coverAssessments of school readiness, when done correctly, are useful planning tools. Assessing children as they enter kindergarten allows policy-makers to identify and respond to achievement gaps and communities to determine whether children are prepared for success in school. Well-designed assessments help public officials direct resources effectively and efficiently. On the other hand, poorly designed or poorly administered assessments - even if inexpensive - are not a good use of public resources.

As Oregon and the nation move toward comprehensive data systems that track the education of children from birth through college, now is the time to re-engineer Oregon's kindergarten readiness survey to provide Oregonians - policy-makers in particular - a useful tool for measuring school readiness.

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