Early Learning Hub

The Children's Institute Needs your Help

February 12, 2016

Last year the Oregon Legislature made a promise to the children of Oregon. The Legislature made an important investment in early learning by approving a new program that, beginning in 2016, would provide high-quality preschool to more than 1,000 3- and 4-year-olds from low-income and under-served families.  The investment will not only change the lives of thousands of Oregon children and families; it is also a vital first step toward one of Oregon’s most important goals for its citizens: establishing a true P-20 system of education -- preschool through graduate degree – that allows all Oregonians to reach their full potential in school and life.

That important investment – overwhelmingly approved by legislators last July – is now being threatened as the 2016 Legislature considers the state budget. Also under threat is another promise the Legislature made – to expand Head Start services to hundreds more Oregon children who qualify for Head Start yet remain on waiting lists.

Oregon child advocates are asking early learning supporters across the state to speak up for Oregon’s children by contacting key Oregon legislative leaders:

Senate President Peter Courtney - 503-986-1600
House of Representatives Speaker Tina Kotek - 503-986-1200
Rep. Peter Buckley, Co-chair, Ways & Means - 503-986-1405
Sen. Richard Devlin, Co-chair, Ways & Means - 503-986-1719

Please reach out and ask them to ensure that the Legislature keeps the promises it made to Oregon’s most vulnerable children. We've created a list of talking points detailing why these investments are so important.

Oregon children need your help now. Thank you!