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Early Learning Unmet Need in America

unmetneed blogIn Oregon, more than three-quarters of four-year-olds do not have access to publicly-funded preschool. For Latino children, the unmet need is especially great.

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Join us for 7th Annual Make It Your Business Lunch

2015 miyb pix webWe hope you can join us on April 24, 2015 for our seventh annual Make It Your Business lunch and award ceremony!

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Marina Merrill on Medford's Five on Five News

Marina-5on5This week, Children's Institute Senior Research & Policy Advisor Marina Merrill spoke about early learning and the importance of preschool for low-income families on KOBI-TV Medford's Five on Five news program.

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Coming Together: the report from Yoncalla

Yoncalla  cover-webIn Coming Togetherwe report on our work at our Early Works site in Yoncalla, Oregon. The report details how the community and school district in Yoncalla, along with the Ford Family Foundation and the Children's Institute, have come together to build a new pathway for the community's children — from birth through kindergarten and beyond.

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15 Communities Join Nationwide Effort

Network-Community-Additions-national-PRToday the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading announced the addition of 15 new communities nationwide to their network. These communities have made a commitment to pursuing the goal of reading proficiency by third grade through partnerships, planning, and program implementation. We're thrilled to announce that two of those new communities are our own Early Works sites, Earl Boyles Elementary and Yoncalla Elementary.

Earl Boyles and Yoncalla join two other Oregon communities, Lane County and Wallowa County, that have been making excellent progress towards third-grade reading achievement over the past three years. In Lane County, a very successful school readiness program called KITS (Kids in Transition to School) is being looked at for replication around the state. In Wallowa County, partnerships have been formed with area pediatricians and the public library to engage families in early literacy.

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Learn more about the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in Oregon

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