Who We Are

Founded in 2003 by a group of business and philanthropic leaders, Children’s Institute brings Oregonians together to support the early learning and healthy development of young children, prenatal to eight years old.

We believe in starting early because investments in young children’s education, health, and safety are proven to improve lifetime outcomes for children who experience barriers to opportunity due to poverty, race, disability, and/or geographic location.

Through advocacy, research, policy, and practice, Children’s Institute works to ensure that young children have the programs and services they need to nurture their love of learning and prepare them for success in school and beyond.

Join us to make sure every child in Oregon has the best start in life.

Our Mission

Move research to action by promoting cost-effective public and private investments in our youngest children prenatal through third grade.

Our Mission

Move research to action by promoting cost-effective public and private investments in our youngest children prenatal through third grade.

Our Vision and Purpose

Children’s Institute envisions an Oregon where every child is prepared for success in school and life.

To meet this goal, we advocate for strategic investments in early education and healthy development beginning with prenatal care.

Children experience their most profound brain development in the first eight years of life. The quality of life experiences during that time sets the foundation for all future learning and development.

Investing early in kids and their families is the most effective strategy for improving long-term outcomes for children.

Our Vision and Purpose

Children’s Institute envisions an Oregon where every child is prepared for success in school and life.

To meet this goal, we advocate for strategic investments in early education and healthy development beginning with prenatal care.

Children experience their most profound brain development in the first eight years of life. The quality of life experiences during that time sets the foundation for all future learning and development.

Investing early in kids and their families is the most effective strategy for improving long-term outcomes for children.

Equal Employment Statement

Children’s Institute is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of CI to provide equal employment opportunity in accordance with applicable law to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, source of income, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in all personnel actions. Personnel actions include recruitment, selection, promotion, compensation, training, and termination. Relations between employees shall be based on mutual respect, and regard for the effectiveness and well-being of the organization.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Consistent with applicable disability law, Children’s Institute will provide reasonable accommodations to assist qualified applicants or employees with disabilities to participate in the job application process, to perform the essential function of a job, and to enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment applicable to similarly situated employees without disabilities, provided the accommodation would not impose an “undue hardship” on the operation of CI.

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