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With Gratitude to our Champions for Children

With Gratitude to our Champions for Children

Kali Thorne Ladd reflects on the recent Champions for Children – 20 Years of Impact event, which celebrated the past 20 years of Children’s Institute’s work to make Oregon the best place to be a kid. Thank you to all the champions for children who joined us and if you couldn’t make it, read on to see how you can join our movement.

Early Childhood Champion Ron Herndon Honored with the 2023 Alexander Award

Early Childhood Champion Ron Herndon Honored with the 2023 Alexander Award

Children’s Institute was honored to present Ron Herndon with the 2023 Alexander Award. Ron exemplifies what it means to be a champion for children. He has spent decades working on behalf of young children and families here in Oregon, and across the nation. We extend heartfelt gratitude to Ron for his unwavering commitment and dedication.

Request for Proposal: Early School Success Phase 2 Evaluation

Request for Proposal: Early School Success Phase 2 Evaluation

The Children’s Institute (CI) requests proposals from qualified evaluators for the Phase 2 Program Evaluation of the Early School Success (ESS) Initiative. This evaluation aims to assess the ESS initiative’s efficacy in enhancing early learning, fostering a unified pre-kindergarten to fifth-grade experience, promoting school success, and mitigating educational disparities.

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Today is Giving Tuesday, and we love the idea that together, we can reimagine a world built upon shared humanity and generosity. As we celebrate 20 Years of impact on young children across the state, we are building a movement and gaining momentum! But we need support from individuals like you to continue making an exponential difference during these critical early years of a child’s life. Join us on the journey to making Oregon a great place to be a kid with your gift today 🫶 Donate link in bio.
Health. Education. Protection. Respect.
At Children’s Institute, we believe these aren’t just rights; they’re the building blocks of all children having the opportunity to thrive. This #WorldChildrensDay, we join @UNICEFUSA in advocating for and supporting every child’s access, across Oregon and beyond, to an equitable future. #WCD2024

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📚 Early Learning Academy Day 1 Recap ⤵️

🌟 Day 1 of our Early Learning Academy journey unfolded with fresh insights! It emphasized the power of collective knowledge. Educators shared reflections, expressing excitement for alignment in early learning and in the possibility of impactful change. 

💡Breakout sessions led by our culturally specific partners were filled with heart-centered insights and practical wisdom. The collective 'aha' moment was palpable as educators recognized the shared goal of supporting young minds across different levels. 

💪"Impossible to Possible" became the mantra of the day. The exchange of ideas transcended our virtual space and the ripple effect is already in motion. School districts are eager to embrace the possibilities they have uncovered. 

🎉 Day 1 was just the beginning, setting the stage for two more days of discovery, growth, and collaboration at the Children's Institute Early Learning Academy. Stay tuned for more updates!
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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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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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