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Growing Healthy Minds

Our newest video highlights the Children's Institute's partnerships with two communities doing amazing work: Lane County and Wallowa County.

2016 MIYB: Keynote Address by Dr. Dana Suskind

Dr. Dana Suskind is a national expert on early language development and co-author of Thirty Million Words: Building a Child's Brain.

At the Children's Institute's 2016 Make It Your Business event, she inspired the audience with neuroscience showing that the first three years are the foundation for the rest of a child's life. She also shared her work to close the word gap by supporting families to talk to their babies.

2016 MIYB: 4th Alexander Award presented to Wallowa County

At our 8th annual Make It Your Business event, we presented the 2016 Alexander Award to Wallowa County, where Building Healthy Families and the Winding Waters Medical Clinic have formed a unique and effective partnership. The award was accepted by Maria Weer of Building Healthy Families and Elizabeth Powers, M.D. of Winding Waters Medical Clinic.

Parents as Partners: Engaging Families in Schools

Through the Early Works initiative, the Children's Institute has partnered with two Oregon elementary schools - Earl Boyles in Southeast Portland and Yoncalla in Southern Oregon. Family engagement is a core Early Works strategy. This video details the experiences of two families who have been impacted, and was revealed at the Children's Institute's 7th annual Make It Your Business luncheon.

2015 MIYB: Keynote by Dr. Karen Mapp

Dr. Karen Mapp, family engagement expert from Harvard University, delivered a keynote address at the Children's Institute's 7th annual Make It Your Business luncheon.

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