Good Health = Great Kids
Children’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.
Landscape Analysis of Professional Development Supports for P-3 Alignment in Oregon
This report highlight’s our recently analysis of the P-3 efforts taking place in Oregon. It shines a spotlight on the innovative strategies of early adopters and is helping us gain a better understanding of what is still needed to support effective implementation. Working with an external consultant, we interviewed more than 40 stakeholders to deepen our understanding of how Oregon can build upon and strengthen its current efforts to connect early learning and the early grades.
This is just the first step in our journey toward establishing a comprehensive, high-quality prenatal through third grade early learning system in Oregon. While we were heartened by the innovative strategies being implemented by early adopters, we know that vision without resources and support will not yield results for children and families. The Children’s Institute will use what we’ve learned to guide our policy and practice work over the next 3-5 years.
Passed by the 2015 Legislature, we are excited that Preschool Promise will begin serving 1,300 children from low-income families in September. The program opens the door to diverse high-quality preschool providers and gives families the opportunity to choose the setting that best meets their needs.
This investment is an important first step, but there is more work to be done. More than 32,000 low-income children in Oregon still don’t have access to high-quality preschool, and effective implementation of Preschool Promise will require collaboration and support for providers. It is our hope that this brief provides insight about how to reap the benefits of Preschool Promise.
We also hope it 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 Preschool Promise.
Early Works Progress Report
This 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.
Rural Education in Oregon
This 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.
Oregon School District Preschool Survey
In Coming Together, we 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.
Advancing Birth-to-Third-Grade Success
The 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
In 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.
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Building 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.
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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.