We find new and innovate ways to partner across communities to support families and create more opportunities for children to be kindergarten ready. Some of the activities over the last year include:

Making high quality preschool more accessible to families experiencing poverty

Through partnerships with School Districts, Northwest Regional ESD, Certified Child Care Centers, Head Starts, Private Preschools and Certified Family Child Care Homes, 128 additional three and four year old students attended a high-quality preschool program at no cost through Preschool Promise. Preschool Promise provides state funding for families experiencing poverty (families whose incomes are at or below 200% of the poverty level) to send their children to high quality preschool in the region.  

With support from a Meyer Memorial Grant, starting January 2019 we began a comprehensive regional preschool planning project that engages diverse stakeholders across the region to create a 5 year road map for preschool expansion. Building off of this work, in October 2019 we launched our official Early Care & Education Sector Planning work that will create our regional long term vision and plan for early care and education services in our region, and will be integrated into Oregon State’s processes to inform Preschool Promise, Oregon Prekindergarten, and Early Head Start State expansions.

Providing opportunities for families and schools to connect before Kindergarten

Since 2015, partnering with school districts, nearly 500 incoming kindergarten students received a one-to-two week camp in Late July & August  to get a head start on learning school routines, continuing to develop writing, reading, & math skills, and getting to know the school and its staff. The camps also offered an opportunity for nearly 200 parents and caretakers to connect with the school through parent sessions, kinder-ready workshops, and camp graduation celebrations. Data collected from parent surveys show that over 90% of parents report feeling welcome at their child's school and feeling that their child is ready for kindergarten, after participating in a kinder transition camp.

Supporting parents to be their children’s first and best teacher

In partnership with NW Parenting Hub, school districts, and early childhood partners we expand access to programs such as Vroom, Parent Cafes, and evidence based parent education, where families connect with one another, deepen their understanding of how young children learn and develop and acquire additional tools for supporting their children.

Improving receipt of services for young children at risk for developmental and behavioral delay

Through funding from Columbia Pacific CCO and a partnership with Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership (OPIP), a two year project began in summer 2017 to improve the receipt of services for young children who are identified at-risk for developmental and behavioral delay. Improvement pilots in primary care, early intervention, and mental health will focus on enhancing follow up to developmental screening and care coordination for children identified at-risk.