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Equity From The Start

ELM is focused on racial equity for good reason—because biases built into our early learning system create barriers for children of color even before they step foot in a school.

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Preschool Promise

Preschool Promise is Oregon’s innovative free preschool program. It is available to families whose income is at 200% of the Federal Poverty Level or below. It is open for children who are 3 or 4 years old. To apply, click the link below

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Our Strategic Plan

We envision a world where families, healthcare professionals, preschool teachers, principals, policymakers, community leaders, and neighbors work together to give every child what they need to learn and grow.

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Calming the Perfect Storm: Six Ways to Change Portland’s Practice of School Suspension and Expulsion

“It reminds me of a tornado,” says Hadiyah Miller. “It’s growing and there are a lot of pieces in the air.” Miller is an early childhood education expert and a member of Portland’s Black Child Development Council. She’s talking about—and taking on—school suspension and expulsion rates which disproportionately impact children of color from a very young age. Learn more about what the council is doing to calm the storm—and how you can help.

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ELM’s Strategic Plans

Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
Every child in Multnomah County is prepared to succeed in school and life, regardless of race, ethnicity, or class. Our Strategic Plan describes how we’ll make that happen.

Calming the Perfect Storm: Six Ways to Change Portland’s Practice of School Suspension and Expulsion

Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
“It reminds me of a tornado,” says Hadiyah Miller. “It’s growing and there are a lot of pieces in the air.” Miller is an early childhood education expert and a member of Portland’s Black Child Development Council. She’s talking about—and taking on—school suspension and expulsion rates which disproportionately impact children of color from a very young age. Learn more about what the council is doing to calm the storm—and how you can help.

Census 2020 and #WeCountOregon

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019
#WeCountOregon is a coordinated statewide effort working in rural and urban communities around Oregon to ensure that the Census is equitable, fair, and just, and that every Oregonian is counted. The Census Equity Funders Committee of Oregon (CEFCO) is raising $10 million to support a campaign to reach out to communities that are more likely to be undercounted. United Way of the Columbia Willamette is serving as the backbone organization for CEFCO.

Family Engagement and the Student Success Act

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019
The Student Success Act presents a tremendous opportunity for students and families. School districts and early learning hubs across the state are being asked to engage their communities to understand the needs of students and families as a first step toward investing these new resources.