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Creating a system of high-quality early childhood education is a complex challenge. In the case of Oregon, transforming the state’s early learning structure and setting a common vision were the first steps to improve how children and families receive early learning services and experience education. With this new direction, Oregon is building a foundation for equitable family engagement by leveraging three key assets: federal funds, community leadership, and philanthropic investments.

In this profile (PDF), the authors explore the transformation of Oregon’s Early Learning System. The profile highlights the state’s main pillars for strong family engagement: a supply of high-quality early childhood programs; a family voice in local decision making; family partnerships through the Quality Rating Improvement System; supports for healthy, stable, and attached families; and family engagement in children’s learning and transition to school. It also describes the opportunities and challenges of engaging in this work. This profile is part of Harvard Family Research Project’s policy work highlighting state leadership in advancing family engagement anywhere, anytime children learn.

The authors thank Lorette McWilliams, Mary Louise McClintock, and Brett Walker for valuable feedback on earlier drafts of this profile.

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