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ODE gives educators new tool to improve attendance ODE gives educators new tool to improve attendance Tuesday, September 01, 2015 While ODE previously released some measures of chronic absence in school and district report cards, these new data will provide a level of detail that will give policymakers, educators and parents a detailed understanding of the problem – and a starting place to address it. Specifically, the new data release will provide chronic absence rates at the school district and school level, and will disaggregate these numbers to show chronic absence among racial,...
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A conversation with a Yoncalla Early Works parent: taking steps forward for her family A conversation with a Yoncalla Early Works parent: taking steps forward for her family Tuesday, September 01, 2015 Ginger Most and her family are examples of how initiatives like Early Works can help change lives. The Children’s Institute helped launch the Early Works initiative to bring parents, schools and communities together to meet the needs of children from birth through third grade and to serve as learning laboratories to connect early learning with the early grades. The initiative has two sites – at Earl Boyles Elementary in east Portland and at Yoncalla Elementary...
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Parents as Partners: Engaging Families in Schools
Video by Kate Raphael / Studio Kate & Katia Riddle


2015 MIYB Event: Keynote by Dr. Karen Mapp
Video by Josh Gray


2015 MIYB Event: 3rd Annual Alexander Award presented to Sue Miller
Video by Josh Gray


Children's Institute: 10 Years of Championing Early Education
Video by Kate Raphael / Studio Kate



2013 MIYB Event: Keynote by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond



Governor Kitzhaber accepts the Alexander Award



The Time Has Come - An introduction to Early Works



Governor Kitzhaber addresses national audience in Washington DC



Pre-Kindergarten - 3rd Grade: A New Beginning for American Education


Could you pass the marshmallow test? See how it works in this new video from Mind in the Making.

Urgency of Now

Building a better society means fostering human potential.

"A large and convincing body of research in psychology, economics and neuroscience points to the importance of the early years in producing successful outcomes for advantaged children and in accounting for the social pathologies found among disadvantaged children." ~ James J. Heckman, University of Chicago



What's the 'Rate of Return' on social skills? - James Heckman
Economist James Heckman links "soft skills" such as perseverance, attention, motivation, and self-confidence to "success in society at large.


The Importance of Early Childhood Development: Harriet Meyer
Harriet Meyer testifies before a congressional committee on March 17, 2009. Meyer is president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund and Co-chair of the Illinois Early Learning Council.



This short, documentary-style video follows five children through a year in their high-quality pre-kindergarten classroom, showing what they learn along the way.


NPR LogoJames Heckman speaks with NPR Radio: Early Education Makes All the Difference

Barack Obama talked with The Des Moines Register editorial board about his ideas to strengthen early childhood education on June 18, 2007.











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