Early Works at Earl Boyles

Early Works at Earl Boyles

Kids begin learning before they’re even born. By the time children start kindergarten, their brains are already 90 percent developed. Children’s Institute believes our education system can do more for kids during this critical period of development. Neighborhood schools can serve children long before they enter kindergarten and provide meaningful support to parents and families before and during elementary school.

Our Early Works initiative demonstrates what happens when school districts, community partners, parents, and funders come together with a shared vision to support the early learning and healthy development of young children: Kids arrive at kindergarten ready to learn, parents feel welcome at the school and empowered to support their children’s learning, and the school community flourishes. 

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Transforming Schools: Community Health Workers in Action

Transforming Schools: Community Health Workers in Action

While community health work is a growing profession, most such workers are not working in an educational setting full-time, nor is there a well-established pathway to placing a CHW in a school, in Oregon or nationally. The process of establishing a full-time CHW and volunteer team of community ambassadors at Earl Boyles Elementary has spanned a number of years and demanded innovation. And while the program has been a success, its future is still precarious.

The purpose of this report is to demonstrate the significant power of such a program, as well as the challenges, learnings, and emerging best practices around it.

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Home Visiting: 2019 Policy Brief

Home Visiting: 2019 Policy Brief

Home VisitingOur policy brief on home visiting focuses on promoting loving, nurturing relationships between parents and children and the role of home visiting programs across Oregon.

Today, fewer than 20 percent of families eligible for home visiting services have access to these crucial programs.

Our 2019 policy recommendations for the state include offering universal home visits for all families and further investing in programs that strengthen parent-child bonds.

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Connecting Health and Education: 2019 Policy Brief

Connecting Health and Education: 2019 Policy Brief

Connecting Health and EducationThis policy brief explains the social determinants of health and the connections between health and education. Oregon needs public health, health care, and education systems that work together to create the best possible conditions for young children to thrive.

The state must make connections between the transformation efforts happening in its health and education systems, within its coordinated care organizations (CCOs), and at the community level with programs like Early Works. 

Our 2019 policy recommendations for the state include ensuring CCOs target social determinants of health to change health and education outcomes.

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Preschool Promise: 2019 Policy Brief

Preschool Promise: 2019 Policy Brief

Our latest policy brief focuses on the expansion of Preschool Promise, Oregon’s high-quality preschool program that serves children and families at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

The brief describes how high-quality programs operate, where Preschool Promise slots are distributed across the state, and why preschool investments are great for Oregon kids.

Our 2019 policy recommendations for the state include expanding public preschool slots to serve an additional 10,000 kids by 2020, fully fund Head Start and Oregon Pre-kindergarten, and strengthen our early childhood workforce.

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Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education: 2019 Fact Sheet

Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education: 2019 Fact Sheet

EIECSE 2019This fact sheet focuses on the impact of the EI/ECSE program and the current gaps in service for children with developmental delays and disabilities

We know that EI/ECSE services are highly effective, but most children enrolled in the program don’t receive adequate levels of service.

Our 2019 policy recommendations for the state include expanding the program with additional investments, exploring new state and federal funding streams, and improve the referral pipeline from developmental screening to services.

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