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Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education Closing the achievement gap is a priority of the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). ODE's Early Childhood Unit supports this priority by providing high quality early care and learning experiences for at-risk children from birth to kindergarten.

Research tells us that the most effective way to reduce the number of children who will eventually drop out of school is for them to receive a quality comprehensive early childhood educational experience. Intervention during the early years can help reduce risk factors that can impede a child's ability to learn and succeed in school.

The mission of the Early Childhood Education programs is to promote and provide support for various intervention programs that can improve school readiness and promote positive outcomes for children. The Early Childhood Unit works with young children, their families and their community partners in a variety of settings to facilitate their success.

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ODE's early childhood programs include:

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
  • Information about free services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities

  • Parent information

  • Contractor information

Early Childhood Instructional Support Toolkit
The Early Childhood Instructional Support Toolkit is a guide to free on-line resources that can be used for professional development in early childhood programs. The resources focus on intentional adult-child interactions related to language modeling, concept development, and quality feedback.

Full-Day Kindergarten

Additional Links

  • Nancy Johnson-Dorn Email    (503) 947-5703
    Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education - Director of Early Childhood Unit

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