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Early Works Progress Report

EW progress report coverThis is our first report on the progress that children and families are making at the two Early Works sites – east Portland's Early Boyles Elementary and Yoncalla Elementary in rural Yoncalla. The report is based on data from an annual evaluation of the Early Works initiative conducted by Portland State University. The initiative works to implement an integrated set of policies and services in early learning, health and family engagement and brings together various partners working on behalf of children and families. The goal: to create a seamless system that supports children in their critical years from birth through age 8.

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Rural Education in Oregon

Rural Education Report coverThis new study, conducted by the Children's Institute and Chalkboard Project, finds that rural Oregon students face the twin challenges of poverty and distance in meeting their education goals. The study examines how rural students perform compared to their peers in the rest of Oregon and around the country.

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Oregon School District Preschool Survey

Oregon-School-District-Preschool-Survey-Fall2015-coverThe Children's Institute conducted a survey of Oregon school districts to learn which operate preschools, and how they operate them. This report features the data and what we can learn from it.

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Coming Together

Yoncalla  cover-webIn Coming Togetherwe report on our work at our Early Works site in Yoncalla, Oregon. The report details how the community and school district in Yoncalla, along with the Ford Family Foundation and the Children's Institute, have come together to build a new pathway for the community's children — from birth through kindergarten and beyond.

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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.

Showing Up, Staying In

CI Chronic Absence cover jpgeIn its new report “Showing Up, Staying In,the Children’s Institute calls for swift and meaningful action from the state of Oregon to combat chronic absence in all grades, but in particular the early grades starting with kindergarten.

Building Blocks

Building Blocks
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Building-Blocks-Fall2014-coverBuilding Blocks looks at how two Oregon school districts, Pendleton and David Douglas, passed bonds that included financing for high-quality early learning facilities. A key finding of the report is that early learning sells.

Learning Together

Learning Together
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Learning Together explores how parents, child care providers and school staff at Earl Boyles Elementary School, one of our Early Works sites, came together to participate in a series of Mind in the Making classes.

Leading the Way

Leading the Way
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Leading the Way is the story of why four Oregon superintendents — Bob Stewart of Gladstone, Maryalice Russell of McMinnville, Jon Peterson of Pendleton, and Don Grotting of David Douglas — embraced early learning. The report was released at our 2014 Make It Your Business event, in conjunction with a video featuring the superintendents in action.

 

Stopping the Summer Slide

Stopping the Summer Slide
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The summer literacy program is one small piece, but an important one, in the broader Early Works initiativeat Earl Boyles Elementary School. The program is a building block in the effort to close the achievement gap for young children. As Bill Graves finds in this special report, the work is paying off.

 

Baby Steps Into a Big World

Baby Steps Into a Big World
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In our newest report, we tell the story of how a publicly funded preschool began at Earl Boyles Elementary School in Portland, and of the many courageous and smart partners who came together to make it work. We hope this story inspires and motivates the needed system reofrms that our Early Works demonstration project has uncovered. These are challenges that should be met and overcome as we continue to work to do what is best for children.

 

 

 

 

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