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Ready, Set, Go! Early Learning from Birth to 3

Ready, Set, Go! Play and Learn group at Earl Boyles Elementary in Southeast Portland.The Ready, Set, Go! Play and Learn program at Earl Boyles Elementary School gives children from birth to age 3 and their caregivers opportunities to learn in a child-centered and culturally responsive environment. The program, in its second year at Earl Boyles, builds parenting and social and emotional skills, and strengthens relationships between families and schools.

Judy Strand, the CEO of Metropolitan Family Service, which runs the program, highlights the results of the program, while Program Coordinator Maria Perdomo explains, “We notice how the children have been improving in their skills—social/emotional skills, cognitive skills—and how the parents are improving how they connect with their children and support them with positive discipline.”

 

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The Power of Head Start: A Parent's Perspective

Angela Parsons speaks about her experience with Head StartAngela Parsons gives us a parent's perspective about her experience with Albina Head Start in North Portland. She talks about how her son made great strides with his academic and social emotional skills during two years in preschool, her renewed interest in Spanish thanks to the school's focus on learning multiple languages, and her confidence in the school to keep her son learning and get him ready for kindergarten. 

An Eye on Systems: An Interview with Principal Kelly Soter

Kelly Soter from Jackson Elementary in Medford, OregonKelly Soter is the principal at Jackson Elementary School in Medford, Oregon. She was named 2017 Oregon Elementary Principal of the year by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators and the Oregon Elementary School Principals Association. In this Q&A, Kelly talks about her passion for working with children, how Jackson Elementary has shifted its approach to serving the community by building connections with parents and families, the importance of starting and building a preschool program, the power of partnerships, relationships with funders, and much more.

She also talks about what it takes to create change and impact lives and how effective systems are necessary to sustain efforts for the long-term. Listen here, download, and share!

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