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Coordinated Early Intervention Services Crucial for Oregon Families Coordinated Early Intervention Services Crucial for Oregon Families Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Early Intervention reduces need for ECSE When EI services are adequate and tailored to a child’s unique needs, the evidence shows that children respond extremely well to the services. In 2014, 91 to 95 percent of Oregon infants and toddlers participating in EI services showed developmental improvements. Some 61 to 81 percent of all infants and toddlers demonstrated substantial growth, meaning they will need fewer ECSE and Special Education...
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Early Works Helps Earl Boyles Families with Housing Needs Early Works Helps Earl Boyles Families with Housing Needs Tuesday, July 26, 2016 Early Works this summer is helping Earl Boyles Elementary families stay in their homes or find new ones as housing costs climb throughout east Multnomah County. Josue Peña-Juarez, the new program’s housing and family advocate, has embarked on seeking new homes for two families who have been evicted from their apartments. One man, his pregnant wife and three children recently received a 90-day no-cause eviction, and another family was evicted...
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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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