Early Childhood Coalition

The Early Childhood Coalition envisions an Oregon where all children experience high-quality early learning and care that is culturally responsive, welcoming, and accessible; where child and family experience directs policy and investment toward creating and sustaining a culture of abundance, care, and play.

Early Childhood Coalition

The Early Childhood Coalition envisions an Oregon where all children experience high-quality early learning and care that is culturally responsive, welcoming, and accessible; where child and family experience directs policy and investment toward creating and sustaining a culture of abundance, care, and play.

Oregon’s Early Childhood Coalition is a partnership of more than 70 state and national organizations who advocate at the state legislature to improve outcomes for Oregon’s youngest children and families.

The ECC envisions an Oregon where all children experience high quality early learning and care that is culturally responsive, welcoming, and accessible; where child and family experience directs policy and investment toward creating and sustaining a culture of abundance, care, and joy.

We believe racism is built into all systems, including early childhood; we know early childhood is a critical window in which to advance racial equity. When we center racial equity and intentionally prioritize those at the outermost margins, early childhood programs and services can improve outcomes for all children and reduce disparities by race/ethnicity, income, geography, disability, language, immigrant and refugee status, houselessness and foster care.

With strong partnerships and visionary leadership, we can work toward a racially just, child-centered early learning and care system that prioritizes every child’s diverse strengths and needs, starting at birth. We invite you to join us, learn more about our collective goals, share our message with your networks, and work with us to remind lawmakers why early childhood matters!

Have a question or need more information? Please email Malea Miller at malea@childinst.org.

Our Values

As a coalition, we are committed to moving all early childhood investments toward greater cultural relevance and responsiveness. In order to achieve this, our decisions and actions will be centered in core values of justice, accountability, self-determination, humanity, and collaboration

Justice

We work towards systems level transformation to remove barriers and build political power for children, families, and communities most harmed by systemic injustice.

Accountability

From policy development through implementation, we are answerable to young children, families, and communities. As we continue to learn from historic injustice and take corrective action, we will also acknowledge and learn from our own missteps and take action to repair harm. 

Self-determination

Solutions must be built with families and communities to work for them. We commit ourselves to policy building and decision-making led by and for Black, Indigenous, people of color, and other families and community partners historically excluded from policy and budget decisions. 

Humanity

We perceive our well-being and the well-being of the children, families, and communities we advocate with as essentially connected. We ground our work in the belief that happy, healthy development is a collective social responsibility and a fundamental right of all children.

Collaboration

We pursue justice for Oregon’s youngest children and families through non-transactional, long-term, and evolving relationship and trust-building. We are committed to equipping parents and partners with the support they need to drive change on their own terms.

Legislative Agendas

Our coalition’s 2023 agenda is coming soon. In the meantime, we encourage you to review our priorities from previous legislative sessions! Our agendas are available for review and download.

Tools & Resources

Links to resources and downloadable content. 

Blog Post - 2021 Leg. Report

Read our 2021 Legislative Report

Children's Institute ECC

For Legislators & Policymakers

Policy Brief: Facilities Investments Would Build Capacity for Oregon’s Early Childhood System

Coalition Participants

Adelante Mujeres

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

American Heart Association

Child Care Resources

Community Action

Consejo Hispano

Doulas Latinas

Early Learning Council

Early Learning Central Oregon

Early Learning Clackamas

Early Learning Council

Early Learning Multnomah

Early Literary Success Alliance

Eastern Oregon Community Based Service Hub

Education Explorers

Family Forward Oregon

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

Foundations for a Better Oregon

Friendly House

Health Share

Home Forward

Inclusive Partners

Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization

Latino Network

Marion & Polk Early Learning, Inc.

 

Metropolitan Family Services

Multnomah County

Native American Youth and Family Center

Northwest Early Learning Hub

Nurse-Family Partnership

Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children

Oregon Alliance for Early Intervention

Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries

Oregon Child Abuse Solutions

Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials

Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities

Oregon Education Association

Oregon Head Start Association

Oregon Montessori Association

Oregon Pediatric Society

Oregon Public Health Institute

Our Children Oregon

Prevent Child Abuse Oregon

Reach Out and Read

ReadyNation: Council for a Strong America

Social Venture Partners Portland

South-Central Early Learning Hub

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Yamhill Community Care

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