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Early Works Receives Federal Recognition

Early Works at Earl Boyles is featured in the U.S. Department of Education’s newly released descriptive study on P-3 implementation, “Case Studies of Schools Implementing Elementary Strategies: Preschool Through Third Grade Alignment and Differentiated Instruction.” The study highlights five early learning programs across the country focused on building fundamental school readiness skills (vocabulary, oral language development, and socio-emotional development) and sustaining those skills into the early grades.

The study identifies common approaches to alignment, concerns about the financial sustainability of intensive P-3 programs over time, and the benefits of professional learning communities (PLC) and parent engagement in enhancing the learning experiences of young children.

Early Works at Earl Boyles findings include the importance of parent engagement and teacher support. “School and district staff at Earl Boyles reported an increase in parental involvement since the implementation of their P–3 efforts. Staff reported that, as families have become more involved, students have been more successful academically."

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Early Childhood Advocates Testify to Protect Home Visiting Programs

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December 12, 2016

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A coalition of parents, early childhood advocates, and elected officials will testify today at the House Education Committee on protecting Oregon’s vital voluntary home visiting program. High-quality home visiting helps foster safe and supportive home environments for Oregon’s most vulnerable children. Currently, less than 20 percent of eligible families have access to voluntary home visiting services.

Research shows that high-quality, evidence-based home visiting programs work. Children whose families participate in voluntary home visiting experience better health outcomes, are less likely to suffer abuse or neglect, and are more prepared for kindergarten. Home visiting services also improve family stability by connecting parents to critical employment, education, housing, and other supports. “We broke the cycle. We’re not raising our kids the way we or our parents were raised. And a big part of that has been having a home visitor come to our house every week,” said parent Willy Johnson of Hillsboro.

The cost of not investing wisely in young children is continued abysmal graduation rates, rising costs for K-12 education and social services, and the squandered potential of thousands of Oregon’s children. Low-income children in rural and urban settings and children of color are least likely to get the early learning and developmental support all children need. That’s why strategic proven investments in early childhood development are crucial.

“We strongly encourage state legislators to protect and increase wise investments in early childhood education and healthy development,” said Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau. Oregon’s most vulnerable children benefit from high-quality early childhood programs and services. We call on state lawmakers to continue to prioritize these proven, cost-effective, and high impact investments.

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Children’s Institute is one of Oregon’s leading voices for increased public investment in high-quality early childhood education and healthy development, the most effective strategies to improve long-term outcomes for children.

Children First for Oregon works to improve the lives of Oregon’s children by galvanizing public support and informing decision makers about what kids need to thrive. Children First has been Oregon’s voice for kids for 25 years.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids is a national nonpartisan anti-crime organization made up of over 140 Police Chiefs, Sheriffs, Prosecutors, Attorney Generals, crime survivors and other law enforcement leaders in Oregon and over 5,000 nationally, who promote greater investments in programs proven to direct kids to a better path in life, leading them away from crime towards success.

Governor Brown's Budget Must Protect and Increase Funding for Early Childhood

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December 1, 2016

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Children’s Institute commends Governor Brown for her commitment to early childhood and holding early childhood programs harmless in her budget. However, Oregon has the 3rd worst graduation rate in the nation and this will not change until more children arrive to kindergarten prepared for school success.

Investments in young children and their families are the most cost-effective strategies to improve long-term outcomes for children. Disparities in early experiences can lead to significant differences by kindergarten. Kids who aren’t ready for school fall behind by third grade, and reading proficiency at the end of third grade is an important predictor of high school graduation. Programs like Early Intervention save the state millions of dollars annually by reducing the need for special education spending in kindergarten. In 2014-2015, more than 21 percent of children who used Early Intervention services had caught up with their peers and did not require Early Childhood Special Education.

Even with Governor Brown’s leadership, 30,000 low-income children still lack access to high-quality preschool. When the most vulnerable young children do not receive high-quality early education, they are 25 percent more likely to drop out of high school, 50 percent more likely to need special education intervention, and 60 percent less likely to attend college.

With budget pressures facing our state now and for the foreseeable future, we cannot afford to simply maintain funding levels for the programs and services that are proven to both deliver results for our kids now and save money in the long-term. Currently, 75 percent of Oregon’s vulnerable children are not being served or not receiving adequate early childhood services. The cost of not investing wisely in young children is continued abysmal graduation rates, lost opportunities, squandered potential, and rising costs for social services.

Children’s Institute strongly encourages state legislators to protect and increase wise investments in early childhood education and development. From Astoria to Yoncalla, Burns to Klamath Falls, Oregon’s most vulnerable children benefit from high-quality early childhood programs and services. We call on Oregon’s lawmakers to continue to prioritize these cost-effective, high impact investments.

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Children’s Institute is one of Oregon’s leading voices for increased public investment in high-quality early childhood education and healthy development, the most cost-effective strategies to improve long-term outcomes for children.

Hiring: Early Works Site Liaison - Earl Boyles

Job Description: Early Works Site Liaison – Earl BoylesCI logo for news

 

Title:                     Early Works Site Liaison – Earl Boyles                      

Reports to:           Director of Policy & Program

Location:              Generally 3 days a week at Earl Boyles Elementary, SE Portland and 2 days a week at Children’s Institute office, downtown Portland

Closing:                Open until filled

Email résumé and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with Early Works Site Liaison – Earl Boyles in the subject line.

Organizational Mission

Children’s Institute envisions an Oregon where every child is prepared for success in school and life. To meet this goal, we advocate for strategic investments in high-quality early childhood education and healthy development (beginning with maternal care), the most cost-effective strategies to improve long-term outcomes for children.

Children experience their most profound cognitive, social, and emotional growth in the first eight years of life. The quality of children’s early experiences during this crucial period of brain development sets the foundation for all future learning. Research shows low-income children and children of color are least likely to get the high-quality early education and developmental support all children need. That’s why Children’s Institute champions early investments in kids and families to boost education, health, and socioeconomic outcomes for all of Oregon’s children.

Position Description

The Early Works initiative is coordinated by the Children’s Institute in partnership with two school districts. Early Works brings together parents, schools, and partners to meet the needs of children from birth through 3rd grade and to inform public policy on early learning. Early Works has two sites – Earl Boyles Elementary in Southeast Portland and Yoncalla Elementary in Southern Oregon. The Early Works Site Liaisons, employees of Children’s Institute, play a key role in ensuring the success of the Early Works initiative. The Early Works Site Liaison at Earl Boyles is responsible for bringing community partners together to identify opportunities to improve kindergarten readiness and improve reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade. The Early Works Site Liaison is a key partner to the principal and school staff. S/he will convene and facilitate meetings with partners, act as a resource for best practices in early childhood, and support planning and action.

The Early Works Site Liaison must understand and support Children’s Institute’s mission, vision, and values, and clearly articulate the organization’s role in practice and state policy. S/he will have a passion for and commitment to innovative work and continuous learning that will benefit children. S/he will work closely with Children’s Institute staff and partners to ensure the experience at Earl Boyles Early Works serves as a bridge between the daily practice of coordinating services for children in a diverse, urban community with policy development in the region and state. 

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Program Management

The Early Works Site Liaison will provide overall project management and coordination. The Site Liaison will work closely with Earl Boyles staff, parents, David Douglas School District, and partners to support the vision and implementation of the project. Duties include:

  • Building relationships with and developing an understanding of the Earl Boyles community, families, and partners engaged in Early Works.
  • Working with a Portland State University evaluation team to provide feedback and input on processes and deliverables. This work will include providing help to translate data and findings to inform local decisions and practices.
  • Providing technical assistance and leadership support to the school principal, district superintendent, key staff, and community partners in the development and implementation of the program model to ensure the program design has research backing and fits the needs of the specific community.
  • Staying connected to the work of Early Learning Multnomah (the local Early Learning Hub) to ensure alignment and sharing of best practice and learning.
  • Collaborate with Children’s Institute’s Senior Research & Policy Advisor to develop an evaluation plan which ensures alignment with the program design.
  • Collaborate with the Program Team to identify key program design elements and the research base for family engagement, early learning, and health for children birth to 3rd grade.
  • Proactively maintain clear and frequent communication about the Early Works sites with Children’s Institute Director of Policy & Program and other Children’s Institute staff, project partners, community members, and funders as appropriate.
  • Support development team on grant proposals. 

Engagement and Communication

The Early Works Site Liaison will seek opportunities to build and support sustainable parent and community leadership at Earl Boyles. S/he will support Children’s Institute staff and consultants on communications, research, and policy opportunities emerging from the Early Works site. Duties include:

  • Connecting with the Early Works Site Liaison in Yoncalla to facilitate sharing and learning across both sites.
  • Creating opportunities for self-reflection activities in which lessons learned are documented and progress is appropriately and adequately tracked.
  • Convening and facilitating workgroups, networking, and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders and partners.
  • Facilitating effective communication between Children’s Institute, Earl Boyles, Early Works partners, and the community. 
  • Working with Children’s Institute staff and consultants on communications efforts for Early Works sites including drafting blogs posts, one-pagers, process documents, etc.
  • Developing materials for internal communications (e.g., for board meetings, strategic planning). 

Recommended Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of research-based birth to 3rd grade programming.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and deadline driven environment with a small staff and willingness to work as a team on projects of various sizes.
  • Friendly and flexible person with strong interpersonal skills who is interested in working collaboratively and effectively with a wide range of constituencies from parents to policy-makers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to communicate information across diverse audiences on the practice and policy elements of early childhood education, health, and K-12 education.
  • Strategic thinker and doer.
  • Background and understanding of policy analysis and development, specifically knowledge of early learning and related child advocacy issues.
  • Fluency in English and a commonly spoken language in the Earl Boyles community required – Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and/or Cantonese.
  • Bachelor’s degree and experience in K-12 education a plus. 

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary range $45,000 - $60,000 dependent on experience
  • Paid medical/dental coverage
  • Paid Short Term Disability coverage
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with qualified match and contribution
  • 125 Flexible Benefits Plan
  • Generous paid time off, sick leave, and holidays

Children’s Institute is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive and multicultural work environment. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. If you need accommodations to participate in our process, please let us know.

Health's importance in reaching third-grade achievement

CI PolicyBrief Health1 2016 webpages Page 1Children’s Institute releases its latest policy brief about the importance of early childhood health and development in improving school readiness and building a foundation for third-grade achievement. When children aren’t healthy, they have difficulty learning. Children’s Institute champions early investment in low-income children and children of color as a way to improve lifelong health and education success.

We hope this report inspires leaders and partners who share our vision of giving more children a strong start in life to join us in calling for ongoing investment in good health and strong families.

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