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Convincing legislators of what we know: early learning is a smart investment Convincing legislators of what we know: early learning is a smart investment Tuesday, February 24, 2015 We are now three weeks into the Oregon legislative session, and our commitment to getting more kids served in high-quality early learning programs while continuing to strengthen the early learning system could not be stronger. Almost three-quarters of children from low-income Oregon families – or more than 30,000 – lack access to high-quality preschool. Only a tiny fraction of eligible families have access to the coaching and support an experienced home...
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Moving forward for Oregon's children Moving forward for Oregon's children Tuesday, February 17, 2015 When Governor Kitzhaber resigned last week, Oregon lost the extraordinary vision and leadership of one of the foremost early childhood advocates in the nation. His understanding of early childhood education and clear and courageous diagnosis of and prescription for how to chart a new course for Oregon through health and education reforms was unmatched by any other governor I have seen in my time as an advocate for children. The circumstances surrounding this...
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Children's Institute: 10 Years of Championing Early Education
Video by Kate Raphael / Studio Kate


 

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


 

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Governor Kitzhaber accepts the Alexander Award


 

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The Time Has Come - An introduction to Early Works


 

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Governor Kitzhaber addresses national audience in Washington DC


 

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


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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
 


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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.

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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.

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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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