Nearly 50,000 Oregon children are living in poverty. Most of these children are at risk of school failure before they even reach the kindergarten door. Your tax-deductible donation to the Children's Institute will help close the achievement gap for thousands of at-risk children.
The Children's Institute works on many fronts to improve the odds of success in school and in life for Oregon's at-risk children by aligning public and private dollars with cost-effective early childhood programs.
The results of our work mean more children arrive at school ready to learn. It's not just children who benefit from these efforts. All Oregonians reap the rewards of higher graduation rates, a better prepared workforce, a stronger economy, and less strain on the social service and criminal justice systems.
"It's not just about children; it's about the adults they become."
~ Richard C. Alexander, Children's Institute Board Member and Chair of the Ready for School Campaign
What people are saying about the Children's Institute
"The Children's Institute has made an effective case for investing in early education - a key component of my Education Enterprise. Together with Ready for School, they helped the Legislature make sure 3,000 more at-risk children receive a high-quality early education through Oregon Head Start Pre-K."
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski
"We rely on the Children's Institute as a trusted resource and advisor to make sure our investments in early childhood programs have the greatest impact."
O.H. Mayer, Oscar G. and Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation
We all know that getting our children off to a strong start is the right thing to do; by aligning resources with best practices the Children's Institute is making sure it happens.
Duncan Campbell, Chair Emeritus, The Campbell Group