Our Work

We work to improve the lives of children from prenatal to age 8 who experience institutional or systemic barriers to opportunity in Oregon: children from low-income families, children of color, disabled children, dual language learners, and children in rural areas. Our research, policy and advocacy, learning initiatives, and community partnerships all aim to keep kids healthy and safe and prepare them to be active, engaged learners.

2019 Policy & Advocacy

We help lead a coalition of advocates fighting for increased state investments in early childhood programs and services. Our policy recommendations are research-based and centered on the lived experiences of families and educators.

Policy Advocacy in Oregon: 2019

We help lead a coalition of advocates fighting for increased state investments in early childhood programs and services. Our policy recommendations are research-based and centered on the lived experiences of families and educators.

Early Works

Our Early Works sites in Southeast Portland and rural Yoncalla are learning laboratories demonstrating a new approach to early learning and healthy development. Both sites offer publicly funded high-quality preschool and a range of other supports for children and families.

Early Works

Our Early Works sites in Southeast Portland and rural Yoncalla are learning laboratories demonstrating a new approach to early learning and healthy development. Both sites offer publicly funded high-quality preschool and a range of other supports for children and families.

Health and Kindergarten Readiness

Healthy kids are better able to learn and succeed in school. With support from the Oregon Health Authority, we are leading Oregon to become the first state to incentivize the health system to contribute to improved kindergarten readiness.

Health and Kindergarten Readiness

Healthy kids are better able to learn and succeed in school. With support from the Oregon Health Authority, we are leading Oregon to become the first state to incentivize the health system to contribute to improved kindergarten readiness.

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

We are a state leader in this national, collaborative effort to improve third-grade reading outcomes. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading fosters community partnerships and engages families to improve school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning.

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

We are a state leader in this national, collaborative effort to improve third-grade reading outcomes. The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading fosters community partnerships and engages families to improve school readiness, school attendance, and summer learning.

Featured Content

We produce print publications, videos, podcasts, and infographics to educate policy makers and voters on early childhood issues, programs, and services. These materials combine current research with stories from communities across Oregon.

Featured Content

We produce print publications, videos, podcasts, and infographics to educate policy makers and voters on early childhood issues, programs, and services. These materials combine current research with stories from communities across Oregon.

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