The Early Learning System in Oregon has three primary focus areas: ensuring that young Oregonians are prepared to start Kindergarten; ensuring family stability; and integrating resources and supports into a coordinated system that most effectively supports families and students.
It is critical that students come to school prepared to learn, making early learning a fundamental component of the Birth to College and Career continuum. We know that when children come to school with a few important skills (letters, sounds, counting, skills like listening and following directions) they are much more successful as they enter school. This advantage stays with students for years to come, and they are more successful at all future levels of school. In fact, students who don’t read at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma. These numbers are significantly higher for students in poverty, English Language Learners and those from Communities of Color.
For details on programs and initiatives by the Early Learning System, click here.