Our Stories

Equity From The Start

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
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.

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.

Black History Teaching Challenge: Celebrating African Americans in Every Subject

Monday, Feb. 3, 2020
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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Fri., Feb. 21 | 10:00 am | Asian Family Center

Parent Accountability Council

The Parent Accountability Council (PAC) ensures that ELM's work is guided by family voice. Meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend, please contact Lai-Lani Ovalles

Fri., Feb. 21 | 12:00 pm | Asian Family Center

Oversight Council Meeting

The Oversight Committee is made up of representatives from the PAC and Sector Councils.  They allocate funds and make sure that Early Learning Multnomah investments meet state requirements, demonstrate Early Learning Multnomah’s Guiding Principles, and

Fri., Feb. 21 | 5:30 pm | Humboldt Gardens

Black Child Development-PDX Launch Mixer

BCD-PDX is hosting a launch mixer for the black community and allies to meet the leadership team, discuss what’s been happening, and learn how to support and join the work.  RSVP here