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About Children's Institute

Founded in 2003 by a group of business and philanthropic leaders, Children’s Institute (CI) strives to build support for a state early childhood system where all children have the opportunity to achieve success in school and life. Research tells us that services and programs that enhance a child’s early education and healthy development have the greatest chance of improving academic and social success. CI focuses on three key components through policy advocacy and community engagement to improve early health and education outcomes:

  1. On-track development during the earliest years of a child’s life (prenatal to age 3)
  2. High-quality preschool that adequately prepares children for kindergarten
  3. Strong system alignment between preschool and the early elementary grades

Starting in 2010, working with our partners, CI developed Early Works demonstration projects at Earl Boyles Elementary in Southeast Portland and rural Yoncalla in Douglas County to translate practice to policy and, through strategic communication efforts, lift up promising and best practices to inform efforts across the state. At its core, Early Works is based on the understanding that children will be most successful if they and their families have access to services that are universally available, built on community-school partnerships, informed by data-driven decision-making, and focused on a shared goal of school readiness and school success, starting from birth.

Our Mission

Move research to action by promoting cost-effective public and private investments in our youngest children prenatal through third grade.

Our Vision and Purpose

Children's Institute envisions an Oregon where every child is prepared for success in school and life.

To meet this goal, we advocate for strategic investments in early education and healthy development beginning with prenatal care.

Children experience their most profound brain development in the first eight years of life. The quality of life experiences during that time sets the foundation for all future learning and development.

Investing early in kids and their families is the most effective strategy for improving long-term outcomes for children.

Equal Employment Statement

Children’s Institute is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of CI to provide equal employment opportunity in accordance with applicable law to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, source of income, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in all personnel actions. Personnel actions include recruitment, selection, promotion, compensation, training, and termination. Relations between employees shall be based on mutual respect, and regard for the effectiveness and well-being of the organization. 

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Consistent with applicable disability law, Children’s Institute will provide reasonable accommodations to assist qualified applicants or employees with disabilities to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential function of a job, and to enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment applicable to similarly situated employees without disabilities, provided the accommodation would not impose an “undue hardship” on the operation of CI.

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Children's Institute | 1411 SW Morrison St. #205 | Portland, Oregon 97205 USA | 
Phone: 503-219-9034 | Fax: 503-419-6083
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