P-3 Approaches

School-Level

Children's Institute

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:

  1. Implementing high quality early education from birth;
  2. Supporting family engagement in their children's learning; and
  3. Connecting health with schools.
Children's Institute

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.

State-Level

Oregon Early Learning Division

In Oregon, the Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership & Innovation Program provides $9.1 million in State General Fund dollars to support local P-3 approaches in communities throughout the state, with an emphasis on supporting successful kindergarten transitions, engaging families as partners in children's learning and development, and creating opportunities for shared professional development between early learning providers and early elementary teachers.

The Program was evaluated in 2015 and has shown that parents gain skills, knowledge, and understanding; and that early learning and elementary staff improve skills and relationships.

 

Oregon Department of Education

Oregon’s Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines are for everyone who interacts with children ages three to six. Through alignment of and, in some cases, adjustments or additions to the goals and progressions identified in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and the Kindergarten grade-level standards identified in the Common Core State Standards, this document offers a shared view of and common vocabulary for child development and learning from age 3 through the end of kindergarten.

The Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines include a continuum of development and learning in five domains:

  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social-Emotional Development
  • Language and Communication
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics