Washington County seeks input on early learning expansion

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Department, Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Division

House Bill 3427, otherwise known as the Student Success Act, was signed into law in May and is a historic opportunity for Oregon schools. When fully implemented, this act will invest approximately $1 billion each year in early learning and K-12 education. Approximately half of those funds will go directly to Oregon school districts and eligible charter schools through the Student Investment Account.

The focus of the Student Investment Account is on key areas for improvement – from reducing class size, increasing instructional time, addressing health and safety needs, and ensuring a well-rounded education. New and expanded programs will help narrow gaps for low-income families to access preschool and high-quality care for infants and toddlers.

The Early Learning Washington County (ELWC) Hub is working to engage the local community to help more families and children access early care and education services. In September, the ELWC steering committee held a kick-off meeting to begin the robust expansion process for Early Care and Education (ECE) that will help pave the way for Washington County’s most vulnerable children and their families to access services.

“It’s critical we involve parents, educators, partner organizations and others who have a vested interest in this expansion,” said Adam Freer, ELWC director. "We are especially focused on reaching students and families of color; students with disabilities; students navigating poverty, homelessness and foster care; and other students who have historically experienced disparities in our schools.”

To participate in future discussions and community meetings, or for more information, contact Amy Henderson at amy_henderson@co.washington.or.us or 503-846-4429.

Media Contact:

Wendy Gordon, Communications Coordinator/PIO