Starting Strong’s goal is for all children in Portland to be kindergarten ready and reading at grade-level by the end of 3rd grade.
We believe the entire community plays a role in supporting a child’s success. Starting Strong partners with schools, parents, businesses, community organizations, policy makers and residents to increase access to high quality early childhood care and education, and, to support and promote parents as their child’s first and most important teachers. We take a systems-level approach to our work, often convening diverse stakeholder groups to inform our advocacy and action.
Together, we remove barriers, expand opportunities, and assist parents and the community to support student success. As the early age component of Portland ConnectED, we work to improve the social, emotional, and academic environment of Portland’s most vulnerable children from birth to age 8.