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Early School Success Winter Cross-Network Meeting 2024

Early School Success Winter Cross-Network Meeting 2024

On February 8, 2024 school teams from four Early School Success (ESS) districts convened for a collaborative winter cross-network meeting. This marked the first time the meeting was held virtually. The gathering provided an opportunity for intentional pause and thoughtful reflection on the equity gaps within school systems, the impact of the school district’s change ideas, and support for students.

Inclusive Early Education for All Children

Inclusive Early Education for All Children

In this episode of The Early Link Podcast, host Rafael Otto sits down with Liane Chappell, at the Hillsboro Early Childhood Center in Hillsboro, Oregon, to talk about Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education.

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Did you see our latest CI Update? We’ve got some exciting news to share - two new amazing team members have joined the CI Staff! 
 
First up, welcome Whitney Wong, Director of People and Culture! After starting her career in the for-profit human resources world, Whitney soon found her passion in mission-driven work that makes impactful and meaningful change in our communities. That path led her to many different roles and allowed her to explore leadership development, DEI, and team building. 

Coming to CI, Whitney is inspired by the opportunity to create an authentic and supportive workplace for employees, reflecting shared values and matching the external work we want to see, to shift systems towards spaces of belonging. 
 
We’re so glad you’re here, Whitney!
In the latest episode of the Early Link Podcast, host Rafael Otto speaks with Imani Muhammad, a longtime youth advocate and community organizer in Portland, Oregon. She is the executive director of Y.O.U.TH, which stands for Youth Organized and United to Help, a nonprofit organization that she founded in 2010 after the death of Davonte Lightfoot in North Portland in 2007.

Y.O.U.TH exists to dismantle the school to prison pipeline by challenging existing systems and structures. That includes Books not Bars, a program that links literacy education with advocacy, mentoring, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training. Imani has also worked with Children’s Institute for some time now providing training with our Early Learning Academy. 

We are so excited to have her on the Early Link podcast, and we know you'll love hearing more about her story. Stream everywhere you get your podcasts + learn more at childinst.org!
On February 8, 2024 school teams from four Early School Success (ESS) districts convened for a collaborative winter cross-network meeting. This marked the first time the meeting was held virtually. The gathering provided an opportunity for intentional pause and thoughtful reflection on the equity gaps within school systems, the impact of the school district’s change ideas, and support for students.

Read more about the convening on our website! Link in bio.
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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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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 Rafael Otto, Children’s Institute’s director of communications.

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