Yoncalla Elementary School, located in Douglas County, Oregon, is one of two schools (rural counterpart to Earl Boyles in Portland) 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 rural school serves as a learning laboratory to meaningfully connect early learning with the primary grades.
The Early Works schools focus on three priorities:
- Implementing high quality early education from birth;
- Supporting family engagement in their children's learning; and
- Connecting health with schools.