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The 2016 legislative session: continuing to work for Oregon's underserved children The 2016 legislative session: continuing to work for Oregon's underserved children Wednesday, January 27, 2016 Oregon's 2016 legislative session begins on February 1 and the Children's Institute is already meeting with legislators and attending hearings to discuss issues impacting Oregon’s at-risk young children and families. We have developed an advocacy platform built on the foundation of our 2015 legislative victories. The Children’s Institute’s 2016 legislative priorities include: Releasing the $17.5 million allocated to begin the Preschool...
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Preschool Promise: Oregon Launches Mixed-Delivery Preschool Preschool Promise: Oregon Launches Mixed-Delivery Preschool Thursday, December 17, 2015 In January, the Oregon Department of Education’s Early Learning Division will begin accepting applications for a brand new stream of state funding for early learning: Preschool Promise. Preschool Promise will bring access to publicly-funded, high-quality preschool to more than 1,000 additional Oregon children each year. The program will begin to address gaps in who has access to high-quality preschool. The funding pays for preschool for kids from families...
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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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