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2015 Policy Priorities

 

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During the 2015 legislative session, we are focusing on the following high-impact policy strategies that are aimed at increasing the number of children who are poised for success by third grade. Learn more in our policy brief.

 

  • Expanding Access to High Quality Preschool. More than 30,000 low-income 3- and 4-year-olds lack access to high quality preschool. We propose opening the door to high-quality preschool for more low-income children. Oregon should build on its existing Head Start preschool program while paving the way for additional high-quality preschools, including schools and community-based private and culturally specific providers.

 

  • Expanding Evidence-Based Home Visiting. Only a small fraction of eligible families receive support from a trained and skilled home visitor. Effective, voluntary home-visiting programs for families prenatally until children are 3-years-old build healthy parent-child relationships, improve health outcomes, increase school readiness, and reduce child abuse.

 

  • Expanding the Kindergarten Partnership & Innovation Fund. This fund created the first opportunity in Oregon’s history to intentionally increase the connection between early learning and the K-12 system by investing in promising alignment efforts across the state. Oregon should build on the momentum that has begun in the 16 communities that received funding this year.

 

  • Addressing Chronic Absence. Oregon has one of the worst chronic absence problems in the country and we know that addressing it in the early grades is critical. In Oregon, 24% of kindergarteners are chronically absent. Research shows students who are chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read proficiently in third grade. Communities need the data on chronic absence and tools and support to address the problem.

Ready for School Policy News and Blogs

  • Policy Brief: Advancing Birth-to-Third-Grade Success

    Campaign policy brief 2015 imageThe Ready for School Leaders’ Panel and the Children’s Institute are poised to make a significant impact for Oregon’s youngest and most vulnerable children in the 2015 Legislative Session. Advancing Birth-to-Third-Grade Success, our 2015 policy brief, makes the case for the critical investments and policy changes in 2015 that are strongly supported by research and support on-track health and development, kindergarten readiness, and third-grade success.

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  • Advancing Birth-to-Third-Grade Success

    Campaign policy brief 2015 imageThe Ready for School Leaders’ Panel and the Children’s Institute are poised to make a significant impact for Oregon’s youngest and most vulnerable children in the 2015 Legislative Session. Advancing Birth-to-Third-Grade Success, our 2015 policy brief, makes the case for the critical investments and policy changes in 2015 that are strongly supported by research and support on-track health and development, kindergarten readiness, and third-grade success.

    Read more

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