Contact Info:

Ericka Guynes

Where This Work Takes Place:

  • Portland, Oregon

Earl Boyles Elementary School, located in Portland, is one of two schools (urban counterpart to Yoncalla Elementary in Douglas County) serving as a demonstration site for Early Works, an initiative in Oregon that brings parents, schools, and communities together to meet the needs of children from birth to age 8 to identify best practices that can be translated into policy at local, regional, state, and federal levels. The urban school serves as a learning laboratory to meaningfully connect early learning with the primary grades.

The Early Works schools focus on three priorities: 

  1. Implementing high quality early education from birth; 
  2. Supporting family engagement in their children's learning; and 
  3. Connecting health with schools.
The highlighted boxes below are areas of focus in this P-3 approach:


  • Infants (0-1)*
  • Toddlers (2-3)*
  • Preschool/PreK for 3-year-olds*
  • Preschool/PreK for 4-year-olds*
  • Kindergarten
  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade

*see next column for specific early learning partners

*Early Learning Partners

  • Early Head Start
  • Head Start
  • State-Funded PreK
  • Private Birth-to-5 Programs
  • Community Birth-to-5 Programs
  • School-Based PreK Programs
  • Faith-Based Programs
  • Family Child Care
  • Family, Friend, or Neighbor Care


  • Cross-Sector Work
  • Administrator Effectiveness
  • Teacher Effectiveness
  • Alignment of Standards, Curricula, and/or Assessments
  • Learning Environments
  • Data-Driven Improvement
  • Engaged Families
  • Dual Language Learners
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Expansion of High Quality PreK
  • Expansion of High Quality Full-Day Kindergarten
  • Transitions Between Ages/Grades

Child Outcomes

  • Language and Literacy
  • Math
  • Social and Emotional
  • STEM
  • Engagement / Attendance