A family enjoys Mandarin Storytime at a Washington County library | Megan Zabel Holmes

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Early Learning Hubs / Preschool For All

Our Early Learning Hubs in Multnomah (ELM) and Washington (ELW) counties are two of the 16 early learning hubs operating throughout Oregon. Launched in 2014 by the Early Learning Division of the State of Oregon, the UWCW Hubs have received over $44.5M to lead the development of early learning systems that are aligned, family-centered and prioritize providing low-income kids of color ages 0-6 with the support they need to thrive in kindergarten and beyond.

Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson with the Preschool for All Taskforce (transcript)

Through Parent Accountability Councils (PAC), both Hubs ensure that family voice guides their work and policies at every step. ELW PAC members advocated for a multilingual children’s permanent collection at the Aloha public library, proposed changes to the kindergarten transition backpacks and STEM kits to better meet the needs of underserved families and helped organize the first ever Washington County Early Childhood Mental Health Summit.

Recently, ELM PAC members have shared their voice and expertise on the Preschool for All Taskforce, a committee focused on creating a plan to provide quality-preschool for all three and four-year-olds in Multnomah County.

children enrolled in 30 preschool classrooms
parents engaged in early learning advocacy & policy reform

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