Early Learning Initiatives

Multnomah Early Childhood Program

Oregon Department of Education (ODE)’s Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines:

Oregon’s Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines are for everyone who interacts with children ages three-six. Through alignment of and, in some cases, adjustments or additions to the goals and progressions identified in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and the standards identified in the Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten, this document offers a shared view of and common vocabulary for child development and learning from age 3 through the end of kindergarten. The Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines include a continuum of development and learning in five domains: approaches to learning, social-emotional development, language and communication, literacy, and mathematics.

Early Learning Guidelines are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Vietnamese through the Oregon Department of Education’s website.

Early Learning Multnomah:

Following legislation passed in the 2013 session, Early Learning Hubs across Oregon will use a local model to bring together social and educational resources to families to ensure that children arrive at school prepared to learn. In Multnomah County, that Hub is called Early Learning Multnomah. Read more about it here: http://www.unitedway-pdx.org/early-learning-multnomah

Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS):

Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a program that raises the quality and consistency of child care and early learning programs across the state. The Quality Rating System recognizes, rewards and builds on what early learning and development programs are already doing well. It helps ensure children in QRIS programs are ready for kindergarten by connecting programs and providers with free tools, financial incentives and professional advice that they can put into practice with confidence. Read more about QRIS here.

Oregon Early Learning Council invests in Kindergarten readiness and innovation:

Oregon’s Early Learning Council has designated nearly $4 million in grants to 16 applicants through the new Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation Fund. David Douglas was one of the recipients. Learn more about the Early Learning Council.

Kindergarten Readiness Assessment:

All students deserve a strong start to school – a start that sets them on the path for success in kindergarten and beyond. Starting this fall, all students entering Kindergarten will participate in the statewide assessment that includes measures in early literacy, early math, social-emotional development, approaches to learning, and self-regulation. Information for parents, Early Childhood Care Providers and schools is available here.