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New Pendleton Early Learning Center: Teaching kids, connecting families New Pendleton Early Learning Center: Teaching kids, connecting families Tuesday, October 06, 2015 A month after the Pendleton school district’s new $9.5 million early learning center opened to preschoolers and kindergartners, center principal Lori Hale is excited about everything the center is doing. But maybe the most exciting part, Hale says, is her and her staff’s opportunity to connect with parents, and help connect parents and families to the services that can help them. Housed within the Pendleton Early Learning Center are a number of community...
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Developing healthy and thriving children: Q and A with Elena Rivera, CI’s new Health Program & Policy Advisor Developing healthy and thriving children: Q and A with Elena Rivera, CI’s new Health Program & Policy Advisor Tuesday, October 06, 2015 The Children’s Institute welcomes our newest staff member, Health Program & Policy Advisor, Elena Rivera. Elena recently moved to Oregon from North Carolina, where she completed her master’s in public health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Elena will play a key role in building CI’s health knowledge and capacity. She will help lead our health policy work to ensure that there are stronger linkages between early learning and health...
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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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