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Early language development expert shares vision for smart babies Early language development expert shares vision for smart babies Thursday, April 14, 2016 Speaking to an audience of nearly 400 on Tuesday at the Children's Institute's 8th annual Make It Your Business event, Dr. Dana Suskind said, "Babies aren't born smart. They're made smart." As Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine, Dr. Suskind puts that belief to work in her practice. As founder and director of the Thirty Million Words initiative, she's building tools and spreading the word so practitioners, educators...
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Oregon Announces Preschool Promise Awardees Oregon Announces Preschool Promise Awardees Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Last week, Oregon's Early Learning Division announced their Preschool Promise award recommendations. The announcement marks an important step in the state’s process to increase publicly funded preschool opportunities for low-income children in Oregon. Preschool Promise, or House Bill 3380, was passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2015 with the goal of providing high-quality preschool in a variety of settings. Preschool Promise expands the types and number...
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Parents as Partners: Engaging Families in Schools
Video by Kate Raphael / Studio Kate & Katia Riddle


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2015 MIYB Event: Keynote by Dr. Karen Mapp
Video by Josh Gray


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2015 MIYB Event: 3rd Annual Alexander Award presented to Sue Miller
Video by Josh Gray


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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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