We want children to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. That means listening to families and rallying partners to remove biases and structural barriers that stand in their way. We focus our investments in three areas: kindergarten readiness, family stability, and system alignment. 

Kindergarten Readiness

We connect families to schools early and often, easing the transition to kindergarten so children have every chance to succeed.

Two-week summer programs at 41 SUN schools help ease children’s transition into kindergarten.
Kindergarten teachers from 24 schools visit with families in their homes before school starts.
Eight high-priority SUN schools hire family engagement coordinators to build strong school and family partnerships that support success in kindergarten and early grades.
We create more, high-quality preschool options with culturally relevant providers—192 low-income, three- and four-year-olds enrolled in fall 2016.
We coordinate the campaign to get children registered for kindergarten on time in Multnomah County. We also collaborate with nearby hubs to expand the campaign to Washington and Clackamas Counties.

Stable Families

We reach families where they are, equipping them with tools to provide stable, healthy environments for their growing children.

Trained local parents in N/NE Portland and East County equip hard-to-reach families with school readiness skills in culturally appropriate ways.
We co-create and distribute literacy kits to promote culturally specific ways of reading, talking and playing with young children to foster healthy development.
Parent educators coach hundreds of families in positive parenting, healthy child development and access to services.
Healthy Families Oregon and the Health Department are streamlining the new baby screening tool so new parents understand what help is available, and programs can better anticipate and meet demands.

Aligned Early Learning Services

We create efficiencies, share insights, and focus investments—all to get better results for children and strengthen the support network for families.

We bring partners together to make informed, strategic decisions.
Multnomah County CCR&R is investing in targeted child care coaching networks of home-based African-American, Latino and Slavic providers.
We improve the family experience by addressing gaps in the system.