The Early Learning Council will be hosting a Community Forum at the Community Action Agency building, 2475 Center St. N.E., Salem, Oregon 97301 from 7:30-8:30 on Wednesday January 28th. Child care will be provided free of charge and a translator can be available if needed. Please RSVP to Alyssa Chatterjee at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need child care. Thank you!
Usted está invitado al foro comunitario que es organizado por el comité del aprendizaje temprano (The Early Learning Council).
Lugar: Community Action Agency, 2475 Center St. N.E., Salem, Oregon 97301
Dia: el miércoles, 28 de enero
Ofreceremos cuidado para sus niños y habrá un intérprete disponible si es necesario. Por favor confirme su asistencia con Rita Loop email@example.com y también para confirmar si necesita cuidado de niños o un intérprete de español/inglés. ¡Gracias!
A Statewide Snapshot of Early Skills, An Opportunity to Focus on Equity
Salem, OR (January 14, 2015)—The results of the 2014-2015 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment were released today. This is the second year the state has collected a snapshot of children’s skills and knowledge when they first enter kindergarten.
The state of Oregon wants to ensure that student success starts early. Children currently enter kindergarten having had a wide variety of informal and formal early childhood experiences. The Kindergarten Assessment provides a means by which to honor the diverse early experiences children have before they enter school while highlighting areas where resources can be targeted to better serve families and children. The Kindergarten Assessment also gives schools additional information that can inform how they invest their limited resources in supporting the social, emotional, and academic development of students in the early elementary grades.
The assessment is not a comprehensive look at what children know, but rather focuses on a few of the skills that have been shown to be predictive of success in later learning. The Kindergarten Assessment results provide a snapshot of the extent to which children are starting school with the skills that will allow them to engage in and benefit from the opportunities and experiences provided to them.
“Research is clear that the experiences children have in their earliest years set the stage for future learning and success,” said Megan Irwin, Acting Early Learning System Director. “We know that supporting all young children and families to learn and thrive will not only benefit children and families in the short term, but the investment will benefit our schools, our communities and our state’s future prosperity. This data elevates the need for that investment and the need to make sure equity is front and center in all of our early learning strategies.” (more…)
Oregon learned this week that it was not selected to receive a Race to the Top- Preschool Development Grant. The grant would have funded high-quality preschool for an additional 1,365 income-eligible children in Oregon.
The model outlined in Oregon’s grant application relied on Head Start, private preschools, community-based organizations and schools to coordinate preschool services in their communities. This mixed-delivery model creates more accessible options for families and builds upon the existing resources within a community.
“While we are disappointed that we were not selected to receive this grant, we are proud of the application we put together. We will continue to build upon the mixed-delivery model outlined in grant and pursue other funding avenues for providing high-quality preschool to underserved children in Oregon,” said Megan Irwin, Acting Early Learning System Director.
The Governor’s Requested Budget includes an investment of about $30 million to create a mixed-delivery preschool model to reach more underserved children in Oregon.
There was good news for three of our state’s Head Start programs this morning. Umatilla Morrow Head Start, Mt. Hood Community College and the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Inc will all likely receive Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion grants. The grant amounts are still in negotiation and additional grantees may be announced through March of next year. We are thrilled for our Head Start partners and look forward to supporting the implementation of these grants.
In order for Oregon to reach our 40-40-20 goal and close opportunity gaps, we must work together to create a truly seamless system of education for all children. This requires early learning, K-12, and health providers to reach out to each other and identify opportunities to collaborate, align work, and leverage resources to work in partnership with families. These resources will help you identify the best next step for doing this work in your community.
Take a moment to check out our P-3 Alignment page as well.
Earlier the Early Learning Divsion extended an invitation to early learning service providers and K-12 educators to participate in the upcoming Early Years to Early Grades Summit, which will take place on November 6, 2014 at the Airport Sheraton in Portland. Dr. Kristie Kauerz from the University of Washington will serve as the Keynote, sharing information on her research-based framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Pre-K through 3rd Grade Approaches. This conference will be a great opportunity for providers of early learning services and K-12 educators alike to learn from both national experts and from colleagues here in Oregon about effective strategies for connecting early learning and early elementary education.
Please contact Brett Walker with the Early Learning Division at 503.378.5160 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The purpose of the grant is to expand high-quality preschool programs, through comprehensive services and family engagement, for preschool-aged children from families at or below 200% of the Federal poverty line. Oregon is eligible for an expansion grant for up to $15 million in the first year of the grant in order to:
- Implement and sustain high-quality preschool programs to reach and serve additional eligible children in two or more high-need communities;
- Enhance preschool program infrastructure and make quality improvements to deliver high-quality preschool programs;
- and, deliver high-quality preschool programs through a mixed-delivery system of providers that includes schools, licensed child care centers, Head Start programs, and community-based organizations.
A team is working on drafting this grant application and coordinating with the specific regions that have been asked to participate. Read more: Preschool Development Grant – Criteria Regions.
The Early Learning Divsion would like to invite early learning service providers and K-12 educators to participate in the upcoming Early Years to Early Grades Summit, which will take place on November 6, 2014 at the Airport Sheraton in Portland. We are so excited to be bringing in Dr. Kristie Kauerz from the University of Washington to share information on her research-based framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Pre-K through 3rd Grade Approaches. This conference will be a great opportunity for providers of early learning services and K-12 educators alike to learn from both national experts and from colleagues here in Oregon about effective strategies for connecting early learning and early elementary education.
More information to come soon. In the meantime, please contact Brett Walker with the Early Learning Division at 503.378.5160 or by email at email@example.com.