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As we roll out the Early Learning Hub RFA, check in regularly for relevant information, materials and resources to help your Hub’s application process. On this page you’ll find:

Technical Assistance: Policy & Programs

Home Visiting Webinar: Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Oregon’s work to build its home visiting system.

The Connection to Health Care Webinar: The Early Learning Division and the Oregon Health Authority share a joint vision of ensuring all children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn. Read the joint Early Learning Council/Oregon Health Policy Board paper on this shared vision here and watch the webinar below to learn more.

Building a Strategic Framework Webinar: How to build an outcomes aligned strategic plan. Watch the webinar or download the PowerPoint here and take a look at Early Learning Hub, Inc.’s Strategic Framework Grid.

Early Learning Hub Outcome Metrics: Why they were selected, where to get the data, and what they mean for strategic planning. Watch the webinar or download the PowerPoint here.

Early Learning Hub Equity and Family Engagement Webinar: Building an Action Plan to engage families as core partners in the work to prepare all children for school and decrease disparities.

Early Learning Hub Budgets and Funding Streams: You can download a copy of the PowerPoint here.

Building a Strong K-3 Connection: How partnerships between early learning providers and elementary schools can increase kindergarten readiness. Download a copy of the PowerPoint here.

Building a Strong Connection to Health Care: Focusing on partnerships between communities and their local CCOs. Download a copy of the PowerPoint here.

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Early Learning Hub Workbook

These materials will help you organize your Early Learning Hub and build clear strategies for service coordination, communication and community engagement.

The Big Picture

These materials focus on broad frameworks for policy and Early Learning Hub organization and work across sectors.

Policy Maker Perspectives:

Collective Impact: Learn how to apply the principles of Collective Impact to the challenge of improving outcomes for young children in Oregon.

Aligning for Coordinated Action and Outcomes

Success in the Early Learning Hub model depends on a shared understanding of the facts (the data) and an aligned and coordinated plan of action to improve outcomes for at-risk children.

Comprehensive Children’s Budget

In 2012 the State of Oregon created a comprehensive children’s budget to take a global look at all state resources that support children and their families. As part of the Early Learning Hub RFA, all applicants are required to create and submit a comprehensive children’s budget for their proposed coverage area. Learn more here:

Systems of Care

Learn how to apply the concepts of this incredibly useful model for collaborating and implementing systems change to improve outcomes for Oregon children.

Making It Real

These materials are designed for practical use by Early Learning Hub communities.

Community Readiness – Asset Mapping: Materials to help your Hub identify community strengths to leverage shared goals and outcomes.

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Hub Implementation Resources & Technical Assistance

This package includes guidance, tools and references to support your Early Learning Hubs as you build and develop your collaborative networks. The materials facilitate communication and learning, encourage meaningful engagement and foster accountability. Hubs should also check out recorded trainings on important early learning initiatives below. Technical assistance to Hubs will continue as we work closely together to ensure healthy and successful futures for all of Oregon’s children.

Communications and Community Partnership

Governance and Leadership

  • Governance and Leadership Tools: This chapter will support you in defining those structures and maximizing the impact you, community leaders and organizations within your network achieve.
  • Building an Accountability Structure: An accountability structure is the framework that illustrates the different groups within your partnership and outlines the roles and responsibilities of each. Think of it as an organizational chart for your network.
  • Issues Management Form: This tool creates a structured way of tracking challenges and solutions.
  • Five Steps for Data-Informed Conversations: This guide provides the framework, tools and vocabulary needed to support data-informed conversations and action in education.

Technical Training Webinars

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Data Sets & Maps

Current as of August 2013, the following data sets and maps provide valuable information about the at-risk population of children and families Early Learning Hubs are designed to serve.

  • Interactive population and census data:This census data on children ages 0-5, as well as WIC data, is useful for determining poverty and need. Choose from a variety of geographic boundaries and zoom in to the census block level for highly targeted planning.
  • Child Care and Education map: Create your own map to combine data from a variety of sources to answer policy-relevant questions about child care and early education in your part of the state.
  • UPDATED: Oregon High Poverty Hot Spots: This county table, created by the Department of Human Services, illustrate geographic concentrations of poor residents at the census block level in each Oregon county. They may help your community decide where to target strategies and resources for underserved children and families.
  • Oregon’s Children of Color Ages 0-6: Map of population demographic data at the census tract level.
  • At-Risk Children Ages 0-6: Map of the total number of children ages 0-6 represented in the DHS caseload at the county level.
  • Children Ages 0-6 on the Oregon Health Plan: Map of the total number of children on the Oregon Health Plan at the county level.

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Policy Legislation & Rules

Administrative Rules Hearings for Early Learning Hubs

Early Learning Hub Legislation

  • Oregon Laws Chapter 37 creates the initial framework for Early Learning Hubs. See Section 12 for the definition of “risk” and Section 73 for information on Hubs.
  • House Bill 2013 provides more statutory guidance related to Early Learning Hubs (begins at section 16).

This Hub Readiness Assessment tool is a guide to thinking about your community’s assets and strengths, as well as potential gaps, as you build a strategy for your Early Learning Hub application.

This Provider Readiness Assessment tool is a guide to talking and planning with providers your Early Learning Hub is thinking about coordinating or contracting with.

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