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.
We connect families to schools early and often, easing the transition to kindergarten so children have every chance to succeed.
Kindergarten teachers visit with families in their homes at the start of the school year.
Nine high-priority SUN schools hired 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
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.
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.
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.
We improve the family experience by addressing gaps in the system.