Early Learning Hub

Our Region

elh-map-counties-only-2016 - borderedThe Early Learning Hub serves Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties, and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians.  Early Learning Hubs are designed to make early learning resources and supports more available, more accessible, and more effective for children and families that have historically been over-represented in the opportunity gap and under-represented in achievement.

In Linn, Benton and Lincoln counties there are 19,270 children ages 0-6.  Approximately 11,429 live in families that are considered to be at-risk based on poverty, drug abuse, unsafe housing, unmet medical needs, parental mental illness, child abuse and/or neglect.  Our Hub anticipates reaching 90% of these children and families through our targeted efforts.

The future prosperity of Oregon is reliant upon the future prosperity of the people of Oregon.  The Oregon Equity Lens states, "We believe that ending disparities and gaps in achievement begin in the delivery of quality Early Learning programs and appropriate parent engagement and support.  This is not simply an expansion of services -- it is a recognition that we need to provide services in a way that best meets the needs of our most vulnerable population, 0-6 year old's and their families."

Schools are at the very core of our work and the foundation of our strategic framework for getting children ready for school and supporting stable families.  Without strong schools and supports for families, our children will not continue to grow into the adults we need them to be for the future.

Linn County:

  • There are 7 school districts serving the County.
  • There are 34 public elementary schools, serving 13,209 students.
  • Minority enrollment is 21% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Oregon state average of 35%.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is more than the state average of 20:1.

Benton County:

  • There are 4 school districts serving the County.
  • There are 15 public elementary schools, serving 4,081 students.
  • Minority enrollment is 27% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Oregon state average of 35%.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 19:1 is less than the state average of 20:1.

Lincoln County:

  • There is 1 school district serving the County.
  • There are 7 public elementary schools, serving 2,617 students.
  • Minority enrollment is 32% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the Oregon state average of 35%.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is more than the state average of 20:1.