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May 2016



What it Means to be Kindergarten Ready


by Lauren Peterson, Nate Winegardner, and Tom Udell for The Center on Early Learning

Four children sitting on the floor, all looking at the book on one of the children's lap.
There is a lot of discussion throughout the state these days about “kindergarten readiness” – what it means, how to measure it, why it’s important, and how to accomplish it. There are many answers offered to each of these questions.


We at the Center on Early Learning (part of The Research Institute at Western Oregon University) have decades of experience in the field of early childhood education and development and have been asked by many of our colleagues to weigh in on this topic.


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TRI's Robyn Lopez Melton Part of State and National Conversations about Early Childhood Education


By Carol Dennis


Robyn Lopez Melton

For the past two years, TRI's Robyn Lopez Melton has been making her mark in the field of Early Childhood Education on a local, state, and national level. Through her position at TRI, she serves as the Co-Director of Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), working closely with the Oregon Department of Education, and sharing Oregon's QRIS experiences at early childhood education conferences across the country.






TRI Hosts After-School Programs from Around Oregon


21st CCLC Logo - a green shape of Oregon on the background, a blue circle with a red human shape in the middle that looks to be flying. In the circle are the wordsThe Research Institute (TRI), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), is hosting the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) 2016 Spring Conference at Western Oregon University on May 5th and 6th.


Oregon's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), which provide out-of-school programs for students, serve 22 school districts and have 97 sites serving children and families. There are 55 sites serving elementary and K-8 students, 21 sites serving middle school students, and 21 sites serving high school students.



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