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School Readiness and Portland Empowered

  Starting Strong is proud to support the work of Portland Empowered as one strategy towards greater parent engagement. Emily Thielman of Portland Empowered shares her thoughts after the  first cohort of early childhood Parent Ambassadors complete their training. 

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Portland ConnectED and Starting Strong – An Interview with Jennifer Burns

Jennifer Burns came to United Way of Greater Portland in 2014 as the Project Director for Starting Strong; she currently serves as Community Impact Senior Director, Education.  In this role she works with the Greater Portland community to

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Partner Highlight: Portland Housing Authority

If you have ever walked through a Portland Housing Authority (PHA) site, likely you have seen a room with a computer, art hanging on the walls, and tables ready to use. Known as the study center, the area

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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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