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The 2016 legislative session: continuing to work for Oregon's underserved children The 2016 legislative session: continuing to work for Oregon's underserved children Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Oregon's 2016 legislative session begins on February 1 and the Children's Institute is already meeting with legislators and attending hearings to discuss issues impacting Oregon’s at-risk young children and families. We have developed an advocacy platform built on the foundation of our 2015 legislative victories. The Children’s Institute’s 2016 legislative priorities include: Releasing the $17.5 million allocated to begin the Preschool...
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Preschool Promise: Oregon Launches Mixed-Delivery Preschool Preschool Promise: Oregon Launches Mixed-Delivery Preschool Thursday, December 17, 2015 In January, the Oregon Department of Education’s Early Learning Division will begin accepting applications for a brand new stream of state funding for early learning: Preschool Promise. Preschool Promise will bring access to publicly-funded, high-quality preschool to more than 1,000 additional Oregon children each year. The program will begin to address gaps in who has access to high-quality preschool. The funding pays for preschool for kids from families...
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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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