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A Conversation with Children’s Institute’s CEO, Kali Thorne Ladd

A Conversation with Children’s Institute’s CEO, Kali Thorne Ladd

In this episode of the Early Link Podcast, we talk to Kali Thorne Ladd, Chief Executive Officer here at Children’s Institute. She has an extensive track record of working in early childhood and is co-founder and executive director of Kairos PDX. As a leader in multiple positions, Thorne Ladd works to transform early learning and healthy development for children and families in Oregon.

Social-Emotional Health is Key in Student Success

Social-Emotional Health is Key in Student Success

In the latest Early Link Podcast, host Rafael Otto speaks with Rosalie Sumsion.
Sumsion is a reading specialist at McBride Elementary in the St. Helens school district, working with small groups of readers throughout the day. She is also part of the Early School Success Team, a group of teachers working in …

Legislative Recap: 2022 Short Session Brings Big Wins

Legislative Recap: 2022 Short Session Brings Big Wins

The 2022 legislative session came to a close on Friday, March 5, and as we welcome spring and a time of renewal, Children’s Institute is optimistic about the future of early childhood in Oregon.
In the short span of five weeks, the Oregon legislature passed several of the Early Childhood Coalition’s legislative priorities, …

Strengthening Early Learning

Early Works and Early School Success

Our work with school communities across Oregon demonstrates what happens when school districts, educators, community partners, parents and families, and funders come together with a shared vision to support early learning and healthy development for young children. Kids thrive, families are engaged and empowered to support their children’s learning, and the school community flourishes.

Since 2010, we’ve helped build community-centered early learning programs that have transformed schools and created opportunities for young children and their families. That work continues to shape state policy and strengthen early learning, preschool through grade 5.

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Early Childhood Coalition

Oregon’s Early Childhood Coalition includes more than 50 state and national organizations that work to advocate for young children and families. Children’s Institute serves as a coordinating member of the coalition and facilitates monthly meetings.
2022 Brought New Investments

New investments from the 2022 legislative session are a significant win for Oregon’s children. Read more.

Expand Early Childhood Facilities

Oregon needs to expand facilities to improve access to child care and preschool. Read more.

Strengthen the Workforce
Oregon must continue to raise wages across early childhood programs to recognize and retain skilled, diverse staff in every region of the state.
Read our 2022 advocacy letter.
Gearing up for 2023

The Early Childhood Coalition meets every month. We invite you to join us and help keep early early childhood a priority for lawmakers! Read more.

Health and Learning Initiative

The Health and Learning Initiative is a partnership between Children’s Institute, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership to transform the relationship between Oregon’s health care and early learning systems.

Our recent work developing an incentive metric for Coordinated Care Organizations focused on social and emotional health is the first of its kind in the nation.

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The Early Link Podcast highlights national, regional, and local voices working in early childhood education and the nonprofit sector. The podcast is written, hosted, and produced by Children’s Institute’s Director of Communications, Rafael Otto.

It also airs Sundays at 4:30 PM on 99.1 FM thanks to Portland Radio Project.

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