Earl Boyles Elementary: Preschool: The Richard C. Alexander Early Learning Wing serves some 3-year-olds and all 4-year-olds in the Earl Boyles catchment (90 children). We worked with the preschool partners, including the David Douglas School District, Mt. Hood Community College Head Start, and the Multnomah Early Childhood Program, to develop the high-quality preschool, and continue to support improvements.
Neighborhood Center: The Earl Boyles Neighborhood Center includes a lending library, meeting rooms for partner agencies and families, an adult learning classroom, and an infant-toddler room. The lending library collection was donated by the Multnomah County Library Foundation and is used by more than 70% of families in the school. After completing a community health assessment in 2014, partners, providers and parents came together to analyze the results. The group developed an operations plan to guide services at the neighborhood center and has hired a Family Resource Navigator to connect families in the area with needed services.
Parent Leadership: Parents United/Padres Unidos, the parent leadership group, is fully facilitated, managed and promoted by parent leaders. The group also reviews and takes action on Early Works evaluation data and numerous parents are now advocates for early learning, giving speeches and providing testimony across the state. In addition, parents were trained by Multnomah County Library to organize the lending library collection and run the space.
Yoncalla Elementary: A Cultural Shift: Early Works has taken root in Yoncalla. Families feel more welcome than ever at the school, and teachers now understand the importance and value of engaging and empowering families early and often.
Family Engagement: The Family Room hosted play groups of increased quality and frequency over the past year. The local Family Relief Nursery now facilitates a parent education series each year, and the Yoncalla public library hosts story time for young families. In the summer, Yoncalla hosted its first Early Kindergarten Transitions program to help kindergartners and their families prepare for school.
Diving into Health: We are getting ready to conduct a community health assessment in Yoncalla and the larger north Douglas County region. The results will inform future programming and foster continuing regional collaboration.