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. CCI continues to make a positive impact for Portland families and childcare providers, as illustrated by a recent report summarizing its performance over the past 4 years.
See a full list of the Levy’s 16 Early Childhood investments for 2019-20.
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.