Oregon Information and Resources

Early Childhood Development

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The links below contain information about programs, services, research or policy efforts aimed at improving outcomes for young children and their families from a statewide perspective. 

All Hands Raised – Cradle to Career

Brings together local business, government, non-profit organizations, faith community, parents, students and community stakeholders to ensure the sustained success of every child in Portland and Multnomah County from cradle to career. 


Supports high-quality child care by promoting and providing vision, leadership and support to develop and improve the system of child care resource and referral services in Oregon. 

Children’s Institute

Dedicated to improving the odds for Oregon's at-risk children. Children’s Institute is moving research to action by promoting cost-effective public and private investments in early childhood programs. 

Children’s Trust FUND of Oregon

Launched by the state of Oregon nearly 30 years ago to provide opportunities for public and private investment in child abuse prevention. As Oregon’s only statewide organization focused exclusively on the issue of child abuse prevention, the Trust Fund provides strategic investments in proven prevention programs around Oregon, public awareness and education campaigns related to child abuse prevention, research and policy work.  

Early Learning Council

Created by Senate Bill 909 during the 2011 legislative session to guide efforts to integrate and streamline existing state programs for at-risk youth and ensure all children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten. 

Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families

In 2008, just before her passing at age 102, Hallie Ford gave a gift of $8 million to Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences as a means of continuing her legacy of love, care, and support for children and families. Researchers in the Center study physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development across the lifespan. 

Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children

An affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It serves more than 1,300 early childhood professionals in the state of Oregon. 

Oregon Head Start Association

An organization with diverse membership that provides strong leadership, up-to-date information, and valuable training and resources to Oregon Head Start and Prekindergarten programs. 

Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten Program

A comprehensive high-quality early childhood development program offering integrated services to qualifying families with preschool-aged children. 

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