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Resources for Parents and Families


Safe Sleep

Looking for the Safe Sleep for Oregon’s Infants set one training?  Click Here to go to the Self-Study Training Page.



Why is early learning so important? Decades of research has shown that the first five years are important brain building years that shape our children’s futures. Quality early learning experiences are predictors of health, happiness, growth, development, and school achievement. We want children to show up to kindergarten:

  • Ready to learn
  • Able to focus in the classroom because their social, emotional and cognitive development is on track
  • Able to transition from one activity to the next
  • Able to recognize letters and numbers, putting them on the path of a lifetime of literacy and reading
  • Make third-grade proficiency benchmarks, an important indicator of high school graduation

Parents and caregivers are the heart of kindergarten readiness. By talking to them, playing with them, and reading to them at home, you are helping young children be more successful in school!

Here are some resources for you to support your children:



Oregon adopted the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five as its early learning standards for child development. The outcomes or standards describe the skills, behaviors, and knowledge of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. It does this by focusing on five central developmental domains:

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language and Literacy
  • Cognition
  • Perception, Motor and Physical Development

All standards are grounded in comprehensive research around what young children should know and be able to do during their early years in order to be successful in school and in life. States and many organizations have developed similar early learning standards as part of their support for early learning professionals to bring appropriate child development experiences to children in their programs.

The Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five is available for download in English and Spanish on the Head Start website. Another way to learn more about the Framework is to explore the interactive version.



The Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines align and expand on Oregon’s learning and development standards for children ages three through six in five domains:

  • approaches to learning
  • social-emotional development
  • language and communication
  • literacy
  • mathematics

The Guidelines give early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers a set of common goals and vocabulary for children’s learning and development, while also supporting developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically responsive practices.

The Guidelines in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese, as well as a set of supporting resources, can be downloaded at the Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines web page.

P-3 Alignment


There is a growing recognition that achieving third-grade success requires a strong continuum of support starting with prenatal development through third grade (P-3). The Oregon Early Learning Division and Oregon Department of Education are partnering with Children’s Institute, Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Portland State University and others to support this work in Oregon.

Early Learning Division Kindergarten Readiness Partnership & Innovation Grants Annual Outcomes Summary Report: January – September, 2018

A website about P-3 has been launched to provide general information for educators, early learning providers, families, and policymakers. Additionally, the site highlights P-3 efforts that are currently taking place in communities across Oregon through the state’s Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership & Innovation Program.