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Kindergarten readiness fund helps communities innovate Kindergarten readiness fund helps communities innovate Wednesday, March 25, 2015 A little-known grant provides crucial funding for programs that help at-risk families prepare their children for success Sadie Fiebel says that after less than a year of operation of the Latino Network's Community Education Worker program – supported by an innovative state grant fund – she can already see how the program is changing lives. The Portland-based Latino Network's program helps at-risk families with parenting skills and to prepare their children...
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A Cat in the Hat … and 1,750 books on the shelf A Cat in the Hat … and 1,750 books on the shelf Thursday, March 12, 2015 In its continuing effort to improve family engagement and promote literacy in the community, Yoncalla Elementary hosted its third annual Dr. Seuss Night on March 5. The event has grown exponentially and Yoncalla families look forward to a fun night for kids and adults. The night is a perfect example of the family and community connections that Early Works at Yoncalla Elementary is trying to foster. The people and organizations who are part of the Early Works...
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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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