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The Road to High-Quality Early Education

Road to High Quality Early Learning REPORTA new report from the Learning Policy Institute shares lessons from four states (Michigan, West Virginia, Washington and North Carolina) on how to build a high-quality early learning system for children birth through third grade. The findings are both illuminating and practical.

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Chronic Absenteeism in the Nation's Schools

Absenteeism 20160601 draft2 legendThe Department of Education has published an unprecedented look at chronic absenteeism, a huge educational crisis in the United States. While early learning is not called out specifically in the study, we know that chronic absence in kindergarten is a problem that sets the tone for the rest of a child's education.

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Preschool Promise: High-Quality Preschool for More Oregon Kids

Preschool Promise Brief coverTake a look at our newest policy brief about Oregon's investment in high-quality preschool through Preschool Promise. Research shows that high-quality early learning can close the academic achievement gap, and we know that low-income children and children of color stand to benefit most.

This is why we're thrilled that Oregon has taken a significant step by investing in high-quality preschool through Preschool Promise. Passed by the 2015 Legislature, Preschool Promise will begin serving 1,300 children from low-income families in September 2016. The program opens the door to diverse high-quality preschool providers and gives families the opportunity to choose the setting that best meets their needs.

While this investment is a victory, more work remains. More than 32,000 low-income children in Oregon still don't have access to high-quality preschool, and effective implementation of Preschool Promise will require collaboration and support for providers.

Hiring: Director of Communications

CI logo for newsWe are currently seeking a senior management level Director of Communications to join our team. Learn more about the position and how to apply.

Take Action: Keeping the Promise

rfs stacked one line outlinedIn 2015, the Oregon Legislature made a promise to Oregon's children. They invested in Preschool Promise, a program that will provide high-quality preschool to more than 1,000 kids from low-income families.

This critical investment is now being threatened and we need your help!

Pick up the phone and call the leaders of the Ways and Means Committee. We hope you'll help us ensure that Oregon keeps its promise to underserverd children.

Here's your talking points, including who to call.

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