School Readiness and Success

Preschool children playing and learning

Early Learning Washington County (ELWC) is one of 16 early learning hubs funded through the Oregon Department of Education. CYF partners with the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette to support the hub, which is made up of a range of community partners and residents. It takes a countywide approach to improving the ability of children to be ready for school and life success. This involves a holistic approach to the child that includes health, family health and stability, a wide range of social, emotional and educational supports in addition to educational programs and services.

Learn more about the ELWC or the Early Learning Hubs. Read the Early Learning Washington County Charter (English/Spanish).

Early Learning committees include SteeringOperations and Equity. All meetings are open to the public.

Preschool Promise provides preschool for those who would otherwise not be able to attend. The goal of the program is to increase kindergarten readiness and promote success in school. Currently almost 300 children are enrolled in Preschool Promise classrooms.

PAX Good Behavior Game is an evidence-based social-emotional learning program that promotes nurturing classroom environments and teaches children preschool - 8th grade social emotional skills. Over 900 school district teachers and staff have been trained in Washington County. PAX GBG improves attendance and increases time for teaching and learning. The program has also demonstrated long-term outcomes of reduced substance use, smoking, severe mental health issues, criminal behavior and suicide. 

Kindergarten Partnership Innovation (KPI) Current KPI programs are innovative strategies to support children and families to transition from preschool to kindergarten.

Focused Child Care Networks The purpose of a Focused Child Care Network is to gather two cohorts of Latino Early Educators to meet frequently with a Quality Improvement Specialist to discuss best practices, access and share resources, receive training and encourage progress as they work toward increasing the quality of their programs. The Focused Child Care Networks will utilize Spark, Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System, as the framework to support continuous quality improvement with an expectation that programs will submit a portfolio to receive a Spark quality rating.

Black Student Success Program provides a wide range of education and family supports for African immigrant families in select schools within the Beaverton School District. The program is a partnership with the Center for African Immigrants and Refugees Organization (CAIRO) and the Beaverton School District.

For more information about any of these programs, please call 503-846-4539.