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Equity From The Start

ELM is focused on racial equity for good reason—because biases built into our early learning system create barriers for children of color even before they step foot in a school.

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Our Strategic Plan

We envision a world where families, healthcare professionals, preschool teachers, principals, policymakers, community leaders, and neighbors work together to give every child what they need to learn and grow.

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Black History Teaching Challenge: Celebrating African Americans in Every Subject

Black History isn’t only history. It’s also math, science, business, and much more. As part of our inclusive stem kits, we celebrate African American accomplishments across stem subjects—and you can, too. This Black History Month, share these inspiring figures and great questions with your children. Read on.

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Calming the Perfect Storm: Six Ways to Change Portland’s Practice of School Suspension and Expulsion

“It reminds me of a tornado,” says Hadiyah Miller. “It’s growing and there are a lot of pieces in the air.” Miller is an early childhood education expert and a member of Portland’s Black Child Development Council. She’s talking about—and taking on—school suspension and expulsion rates which disproportionately impact children of color from a very young age. Learn more about what the council is doing to calm the storm—and how you can help.

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Let’s Count! The 2020 Census Matters to Oregon Kids. Here’s Why.

Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2020
For Ana Muñoz at Latino Network, communicating an inclusive message about the 2020 census is a challenge — and an opportunity. She is part of a statewide effort to connect with Oregonians who are at risk of being undercounted. This includes young children under the age of five. The 2020 census matters to our kids and to our communities — find out why and what you can do to help.

ELM’s Strategic Plans

Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
Every child in Multnomah County is prepared to succeed in school and life, regardless of race, ethnicity, or class. Our Strategic Plan describes how we’ll make that happen.

Calming the Perfect Storm: Six Ways to Change Portland’s Practice of School Suspension and Expulsion

Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
“It reminds me of a tornado,” says Hadiyah Miller. “It’s growing and there are a lot of pieces in the air.” Miller is an early childhood education expert and a member of Portland’s Black Child Development Council. She’s talking about—and taking on—school suspension and expulsion rates which disproportionately impact children of color from a very young age. Learn more about what the council is doing to calm the storm—and how you can help.

ELM and Mount Hood Community College: Increasing Equity and Opportunity For Immigrant Teachers (and Multnomah County Kids, too).

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019
“I know inside of me I have the capacity to do whatever I want,” says Lulose Claude. Thanks to a program at Mount Hood Community College that’s funded in part by ELM, Claude, a Haitian immigrant and substitute preschool teacher, is well on her way.