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Oregon Has a Major Problem with Absent Students

AP51712149 xru65dA new study by Attendance Works found that students in our region are more likely than other kids to miss school. In fact, Oregon's attendance rates are below national averages for every demographic group the study looked at. Find out more in an article by OPB.

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Hiring: Yoncalla Site Liaison

CI-logo-for-newsThe Early Works Site Liaison in Yoncalla plays a key role in ensuring the success of the Early Works initiative. S/he is responsible for bringing community partners together to identify opportunities to improve kindergarten readiness and third-grade success. The Site Liaison has a significant opportunity to change children’s lives by serving as a key thought partner to the Superintendent and school district staff, convening and facilitating meetings with partners, being a resource for best practices on family engagement, education, and health for children birth to age 8, and supporting planning and action.

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Oregon's Preschool Bill in the News

koin6-7.15Oregon's expansion of access to high-quality preschool has received some great news coverage this week.

KOIN 6 news joined us at Earl Boyles to discuss the expansion and shoot some video. Take a look at their report here.

The expansion was also featured on Education Week's Early Years blog -- read the story here.

Advocates reflect on victory for children in Oregon

on HB 3380 which funds high-quality preschool in Oregon



"Supporting the stability and health of families and providing access to high quality, affordable child care and preschool are critical to closing the opportunity gap and fostering educational success. We know investments early in children's lives continue to pay dividends for them and their families as they grow. Oregon's future is brighter when all Oregon families thrive."


Irwin Megan  

Acting Early Learning System Director, Oregon Dept. of Education

"All of Oregon's young children and families deserve high-quality, affordable and accessible early learning experiences. The passage of HB 3380 is an important step toward this ideal. This bill acknowledges that high-quality early learning can happen in a wide variety of settings and will allow communities to leverage their existing early learning assets. We are grateful that legislators saw the value in investing in our youngest Oregonians and giving us the opportunity to demonstrate the significant impact this investment will have on children, families, communities and our state."


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Oregon District 22

"House Bill 3380 sets common, high standards for preschool programs. It provides resources to support preschool children and their families for years of successful learning. Passing legislation that provides a great foundation for learning is always my goal a previous teacher and administrator."



Oregon District 24

"My goal is that all eligible 3-to-5-year-olds be provided with a quality preschool program. I want every Oregon child to be fully prepared for kindergarten by age 5 and reading at grade level by the 3rd grade. HB 3380 will help achieve this goal."


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Superintendent, David Douglas School District

"Passage of the high-quality preschool bill is a start for Oregon to begin providing all of our children the social, emotional, academic, and healthy traits needed to become successful. This is our chance to truly close the opportunity gap."



President, Oregon Head Start Association

"The passage of HB 3380 means that Head Start will be able to serve more children and reduce the wait lists of many programs. The collaboration between the Children's Institute, the Early Learning Division and the Oregon Head Start Association has resulted in a successful, unified effort to increase access to quality preschool all across the state."



Earl Boyles Elementary School parent and preschool advocate

"My three-year-old daughter, Madalynn, has already learned so much in the six months that she's been in preschool. She's grown tremendously. I think it's wonderful that 1,500 more kids are going to be learning and be ready for kindergarten and have that opportunity to be ready for school. That wouldn't have been the case if this bill hadn't passed."


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President & CEO, Children's Institute

"High-quality preschool has risen to the national agenda as a proven and effective strategy to address the nation's unacceptable achievement and opportunity gaps. Oregon took an important step forward this legislative session by creating a blueprint for high-quality preschool to reach more low-income children in diverse settings. We look forward to working with our partners to make sure the implementation delivers on the promise."


CI's Dana Hepper weighs in on NIEER's State of Preschool report

YB14_banner.jpgThe Children's Institute's Dana Hepper was interviewed yesterday by Portland's KOIN-TV – for its story examining the annual "State of Preschool" report released by the National Institute of Early Education Research.

The highly regarded report details how all 50 states and the District of Columbia are doing in providing quality public preschool. As has been the case in past years, the much-watched report generally had positive reviews for the quality of Oregon's preschool program. But it also underlined the sad reality: not nearly enough children from low-income Oregon families are getting access to preschool.

Dana made the point with KOIN that Oregon must do better.

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