The education achievement gap begins early; research points to the first signs emerging as early as nine months. The gap has a long reach, affecting graduation rates, future earnings and health outcomes. Research shows that high-quality early learning can substantially increase the likelihood of later academic success. However, even universal access to preschool is not enough, and more aligned early education and elementary systems are needed to support Oregon's young learners.
The program aims to:
- Change the way schools interact with families to support children's development, and
- Connect early learning providers with schools in order to foster school readiness and 3rd grade reading achievement.
Ten grantees represent rural and urban communities across Oregon.
- Clatsop County
- Crook County
- Lincoln County
- North Lake
- Northern Douglas County
- Polk County
OCF, in partnership with the Lora L. and Martin N. Kelley Family Foundation Trust and the Ford Family Foundation, is pleased to be supporting these efforts in Oregon’s first statewide P-3 alignment grant program.
Current sites are invited to apply for an additional year of funding. Details can be found here, and the application summary form here.
For more information about this effort, please contact Abby Bush, associate program officer for early childhood, at 503.227.6846 or email@example.com.