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A look into Starting Strong’s support for pilot programs: R.A.D. at Mayo Street Arts

Starting Strong’s (STST) mission, as a community coalition, is to ensure all children in Portland enter kindergarten ready for school and read proficiently by the end of third grade. As John Shoos, chair for STST Leadership Team says, “the

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A Conversation with Jennifer Beck

  Jennifer Beck works for the John T. Gorman Foundation in Portland. She sits on Starting Strong’s Leadership Team and is a valued partner in our work. Read on to learn more about Jen, the Foundation, and her

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Spring Newsletter 2018

  Spring Newsletter 2018 Topics:  PreK Vision Casting  Upcoming Early Childhood Learning Workshop Leadership Team Theory of Change PreK to 3rd Grade Focus Groups  Portland Empowered Partnership Every Hour Counts Conference  Reading Partners Highlight article  Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2JKrdSP

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Program Highlight: Starting Strong Reading Partners

“One class of first graders is filled with students at such varying academic levels, this presents a lot of challenges. How can one teacher address all these needs? It’s just so much work!” says Sylvie Montello, community coordinator

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A conversation with Stephanie Nicoson

It’s AmeriCorps week and we’re happy to celebrate our own VISTA Volunteer, Stephanie Nicoson.  Read on to learn more about why Steph chose AmeriCorps and what her work looks like.     How did you get involved as

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Looking Ahead to Summer: Gail Cressey and Portland Public Schools

Gail Cressey works for Portland Public Schools (PPS) as Director of Intervention, where she ensures children in the district receive the necessary services to prevent them from falling through the cracks. Gail’s drive to truly see this through

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Partner of the Month: LearningWorks

In Portland, many children lack access to both before and after school as well as summer programming. LearningWorks program director, Amy Pichette says “some sort of after school enrichment for every student is important.” A national study regarding

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A Conversation with Lori Moses

Lori Moses is the Executive Director of Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, a childcare facility in Portland and United Way Partner Agency. She is also part of the Starting Strong Leadership Team. Please tell me about Catherine Morrill Day

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Partner of the Month: Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at the Portland Public Library

Walking into the Portland Public Library (PPL), there is a hushed bustle of activity. Keep going and you will get to the Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library at the very back. Here, one encounters a world that specializes

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Feeding Bodies and Minds: Meeting the Volunteers of Starting Strong

The Summer Readers program has wrapped up for 2017, but we’d like to take a moment to speak with the volunteers that make the program possible. The Portland Rotary Club has invested many members and hours to the

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