Early Childhood

Portland Children Niños - Hacienda CDC

For the past two decades, a growing body of research confirms that children’s first years of life are critical to their academic success and overall well-being in later years.  Best practice interventions support and strengthen children’s early cognitive, social, and emotional development; providing these opportunities to historically underserved populations can help mitigate early disparities. 

Drawing on public input, local data and research, PCL adopted the following goal for early childhood investments:  Support children’s early development and kindergarten readiness. 
The strategies adopted to work toward this goal are: 

  • Intensive Home‐Visiting for children prenatal – 3 years old.
  • Preschool, Head Start, or structured preschool‐like experiences for 3 – 5 years olds 
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation 

In addition, PCL’s Allocation Committee invested unanticipated additional revenue into re-starting a childcare affordability effort, The Community Childcare Initiative.  PCL created and funded the highly successful CCI during 2007 – 2012,  but had to cease its funding when the economic recession dramatically reduced Levy revenues.  As levy revenues have increased recently, PCL re-invested in the CCI for 2015 – 2019 during the current 5-year levy period. 

See a full list of the Levy’s 18 Early Childhood investments. 

PCL publishes annual performance reports on early childhood programs for each fiscal year. Performance of early childhood programs during the previous Levy period (2009-2014) is covered in PCL’s 5 year Report.