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Kindergarten readiness fund helps communities innovate Kindergarten readiness fund helps communities innovate Wednesday, March 25, 2015 A little-known grant provides crucial funding for programs that help at-risk families prepare their children for success Sadie Fiebel says that after less than a year of operation of the Latino Network's Community Education Worker program – supported by an innovative state grant fund – she can already see how the program is changing lives. The Portland-based Latino Network's program helps at-risk families with parenting skills and to prepare their children...
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A Cat in the Hat … and 1,750 books on the shelf A Cat in the Hat … and 1,750 books on the shelf Thursday, March 12, 2015 In its continuing effort to improve family engagement and promote literacy in the community, Yoncalla Elementary hosted its third annual Dr. Seuss Night on March 5. The event has grown exponentially and Yoncalla families look forward to a fun night for kids and adults. The night is a perfect example of the family and community connections that Early Works at Yoncalla Elementary is trying to foster. The people and organizations who are part of the Early Works...
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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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