Advocate for Young Kids
Oregon’s Early Childhood Coalition includes more than 40 state and national organizations that work to advocate for young children and families. Children’s Institute serves as a coordinating member of the coalition and offers facilitation support.
Our partnership has made a difference: The historic passage of the Student Success Act and the newly created Early Learning Account demonstrates Oregon’s commitment to improving the early care and education of young children and their families.
Now, we must work closely to ensure that Oregon holds fast to those commitments through the health and economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to join us, by learning more about our collective goals, sharing our message with your networks, and working with us to remind lawmakers why early childhood matters!
Unraveling Oregon’s 2023 Legislative Session: Wins, Missed Opportunities, and Powerful Advocacy for Early Childhood
On June 25th, the 2023 Oregon Legislative session officially ended. Despite an unusual session and some legislative misses, we still achieved positive outcomes for young children with persistent advocacy and the hard work of Oregon’s Early Childhood Coalition, and community partners. Although our work is never done, we are making progress. With each step, we continue to drive policies that help make Oregon the best place to be a kid.
Preschool Promise is providing opportunities for more young children in Oregon to access high-quality early learning and care. In 2015, Children’s Institute collaborated with 34 partner organizations to support Preschool Promise legislation. After its successful passage, the program launched in 2016 across nine regions, as a part of a larger statewide initiative to improve early childhood education, and partners with public and private providers to expand access to preschool and support the diverse needs of Oregon families.