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Lessons learned from New York City on beating chronic absence Lessons learned from New York City on beating chronic absence Wednesday, May 27, 2015 The Children's Institute was excited to meet last week, along with some of our partners, with leaders from the Oregon Department of Education to encourage them to release more detailed data on students who are chronically absent – those who miss 10 percent or more of school days. We're working with a wide range of policymakers, educators, students, families and others who are trying to tackle the problem, and we believe that having an accurate understanding...
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National report praises parts of Oregon’s preschool program, also shows not enough children have access National report praises parts of Oregon’s preschool program, also shows not enough children have access Wednesday, May 13, 2015 The release this week of the annual “State of Preschool” report by the National Institute of Early Education Research underlines the commitment the state of Oregon has made to invest in high-quality preschool. But it also shows the state must do much more to ensure more Oregon children – especially those from low-income families – have access to publicly funded preschool. The “State of Preschool” report examined preschool programs throughout the...
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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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