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An Ecosystem of Care and Community with Adriane Blackman

An Ecosystem of Care and Community with Adriane Blackman

In the latest episode of the Early Link Podcast, the Children’s Institute communications team records a long-form story by CI Guest Contributor, Adriane Blackman. Blackman’s story, “An Ecosystem of Care and Community,” delves into the transformation of early childhood education in Yoncalla, Oregon, documenting the impact of CI’s Early Works initiative in partnership with incredible folks from across the community.

Short and Sweet: Oregon’s 2024 Legislative Session

Short and Sweet: Oregon’s 2024 Legislative Session

As the Oregon 2024 Legislative Session ended this year, the Policy and Advocacy team at CI let out a deep breath of gratitude, relief, and excitement for the year ahead. Short sessions often prove frustrating for what can be accomplished, but this year built on the chaotic momentum of 2023’s session, clearing the path for early childhood advocates to make great strides forward.

The Oregon Early Childhood Summit

The Oregon Early Childhood Summit

Held on Friday, March 22 at Portland State University, the Oregon Early Childhood Summit brought together early childhood professionals from across the state and across sectors to collectively envision a better future for children’s social-emotional health. The event was produced by Children’s Institute and Trauma Informed Oregon.

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April 11-17 marks the 7th Annual Black Maternal Health Week, a week-long campaign founded and led by the @blackmamasmatter Alliance​ to build awareness, activism, and community-building​ to amplify ​the voices, perspectives and lived experiences of Black Mamas and birthing people. Black Mamas have always been the guide and bridge for families, communities, movements, and waves of change. The time is now to invest in the advancement in the movement for racial and birth justice. Join CI and others in celebrating this year's BMHW - because every person deserves access to quality and holistic health care. 

Explore action opportunities at blackmamasmatter.org/bmhw-2024

Learn more about local initiatives working to support Black Mamas and their babies: bit.ly/3U1An34
🎧NEW PODCAST🎧 And this one's a little different. 

In the latest episode of the Early Link Podcast, the Children's Institute communications team records a long-form story by CI Guest Contributor, Adriane Blackman. Blackman's story, "An Ecosystem of Care and Community," delves into the transformation of early childhood education in Yoncalla, Oregon, documenting the impact of CI's Early Works initiative in partnership with incredible folks from across the community.

This beautiful story is now streaming everywhere! Link in bio and stories.
We're joining early childhood supporters and advocates across the country to celebrate the Week of the Young Child, an annual event sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (@naeyc). This week-long event raises awareness about the needs of young children and their families, and draws attention to the early learning professionals and programs that support them. In Oregon, Governor Tina Kotek (@govtinakotek) issued a statewide proclamation officially designating the Week of the Young Child as April 6-12. 
 
"We are grateful to Governor Tina Kotek for recognizing the Week of the Young child and for elevating the importance of the earliest years for children and families," said Department of Early Learning and Care (@orearlylearning) director, Alyssa Chatterjee. “As we build a coordinated early childhood system where all children, families, early care and education professionals are supported and empowered to thrive we are proud to recognize this week to celebrate young children and the transformational impact of early learning and care.”
 
To explore more Week of the Young Child activities, follow @naeyc. To share pictures and stories about your family use hashtag #WOYC and tag Children's Institute.
Did you catch our latest Substack post? Read our official 2024 legislative recap, including the final round-up of early childhood policy wins and advocacy hopes for the year ahead (and while you're at it,  become a free or paid subscriber to get monthly-ish updates straight to your inbox)! Link in bio.
🎧 New podcast alert! 🎧 Kali Thorne Ladd recently joined Ann Price at Community Evaluation Solutions, Inc. for the latest episode of Community Possibilities! Tune in to hear more about CI's work with the incredible Yoncalla community, the importance of uniting health and education for better outcomes, and why we love this work. 

Listen at the link in our bio or wherever you get your podcasts!
Meet Jeanny Tafoya, Early Childhood Education Manager at Adelante Mujeres, one of our Early Learning Academy community partners. Adelante Mujeres is a non-profit organization in Washington County, Oregon, that focuses on the needs of marginalized immigrant Latine women.
 
Our Early Learning Academy is a team-based learning experience for educators working to strengthen early learning, preschool to third grade, in their communities. District or school teams participate in four virtual sessions between October and March, and five coaching sessions are scheduled at their convenience.
 
Why participate? You’ll join a network of educators across Oregon working to strengthen early learning in their school communities. You’ll also get access to rich content, expert thought partnerships, coaching, resources, and a membership to our exclusive change library.
 
To register or learn more about the Academy, contact CI’s Professional Learning Specialist - Shawnté Hines, at shawnte@childinst.org!

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Registration is open for the 2024-2025 Early School Success Academy!

Our Early School Success Academy is team-based learning experience for educators working to strengthen early learning in their communities, preschool to third grade. District or school teams participate in four virtual sessions between October and March and five coaching sessions scheduled at their convenience.

Why participate? You’ll join a network of educators across Oregon working to strengthen early learning in their school communities. You’ll also get access to rich content, expert thought partnership, coaching, resources, and a membership to our exclusive change library.

Early Works Initiative

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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 Rafael Otto, Children’s Institute’s director of communications.

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