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Setting the Record Straight on Social-Emotional Learning: An Introduction

Setting the Record Straight on Social-Emotional Learning: An Introduction

Social-emotional learning (SEL) has been in the news a lot lately, and this recent surge of news about SEL has come with a good deal of misinformation. In this blog series, we’ll attempt to set the record straight on SEL by exploring the benefits and importance of SEL for young children, highlighting its recent politicization, and understanding what polling tells us about the best way to communicate with parents about the topic.

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.

Early Link Podcast

Tune In

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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