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Partner of the Month: Maine Families

Starting Strong’s mission is to help children in Portland read by age 8. Our work is cultivated by community partners that work closely with children. Together, we seek out easily accessible campaigns that have been proven to close

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Join Us! Week of the Young Child School Readiness Parade & Festival

April 27th, 10AM-12pm East End Beach and East End Community School 10am: Gather at the middle parking lot of East End Beach. Look for the Week of the Young Child banner. Costumes welcome. The first 150 children at

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Radio Interview with Starting Strong about Talking is Teaching

  If you missed it, listen to a conversation with Laurie Mack of Northeast Hearing & Speech Center, Inc., Justin Purvis and Matt Dubel, both of Portland Starting Strong, discussing the “Talking Is Teaching” campaign. The interview originally aired on Sunday, March 17

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Winter Newsletter 2019

Winter Newsletter 2019 Topics:  Reading Partners Expansion Upcoming Early Childhood Learning Workshop Universal Pre-K Access Birth-3 Screening Initiative Talking is Teaching  Read the newsletter here: https://conta.cc/2JKrdSP

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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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