This article published in the Portland Tribune describes the efforts to improve headstart programs in Oregon. September 6th, Gov. John Kitzhaber called for a new statewide push to focus on birth to five years old. He has created an investment board that brings education efforts from birth to age 20, and appointed an early learning council of experts in the field who will take stock of the existing landscape of programs and realign them as needed.
The goal is to create universal preschool in Oregon starting with an early learning center attached to the Earl Boyles School. The Children’s Institute has been a partner in the process, along with the district superintendent and others.