The Department of Early Learning and Care would like to recognize the significant and valuable work by the PDG research team at Portland State University’s Center for the Improvement of Child and Family Services (PSU) and OSLC Developments, Inc. (ODI). We thank (in alphabetical order): Mackenzie Burton (PSU), Beth Green (PSU), Nicole Lauzus (PSU), Alicia Miao (ODI), Lindsey Patterson (PSU), Katherine Pears (ODI), Deena Scheidt (ODI), Elizabeth Tremaine (PSU), and the interviewer teams at ODI and PSU.
We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the families who participated in the surveys, focus groups, and listening sessions.
We are also grateful to the staff from the community-based organizations who worked with the PDG research team to shape the research questions, connect with families, and ensure that families’ perspectives were accurately reflected in final reports.
2019-2020: We thank Bienestar, Bridging Communities, Community Action of Washington County and Coffee Creek Head Start and Early Head Start, Coos Health & Wellness and the CaCoon Program, Doulas Latina, Frontier Early Learning Hub, Humanitarian Assistance with Kindness & Interculturalism (HAKI), Latino Netowrk, Northwest Regional Early Learning Hub, Oregon Community Development Coalition (Chiloquin, Gresham, and Madras), Seaside Head Start and the Lower Columbia Hispanic Council, and South Central Early Learning Hub.
2020-2021: We thank AB Cultural Drivers, Bridging Communities, Burns Paiute Tribe & Tuwakii Nobi, The CaCoon Program, Coos Bay School District Title VI, Coos Health and Wellness, Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde, Doulas Lintinas Internation, Frientier Early Learning Hub, Klamath Tribe and Klamath School District Title VI, The native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), and Self Enhancement Inc.
Special thanks to agency and organizational partners that graciously provided reports and data for this work: The Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Early Learning Division, Oregon Department of Human Services, the Oregon Health Authority, NPC Research, Oregon Housing and Community Services, the Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, Oregon State University, Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership, the Butler Institute for Families, WIC, 211info, Healthy Families Oregon, and Oregon Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting. We are also grateful for the input and advice shared with us by members of the Early Learning Council, Raise Up Oregon Agency Implementation Coordination Team (ROUAICT), 2019-2020 PDG B-5 Strengths & Needs Assessment Advisory Committee (SNAAC), 2019-2020 Agency Workgroup, and 2019-2020 Family Voices Workgroup.
We would also like to thank research partners and subcontractors, AB Cultural Drivers (Nelda Reyes, evaluation contractor), Alissa Beddow (graphic design); Michaella Sektnan and Megan Pratt (Oregon State University); and Katie Winters (research consultant).
Finally, our deepest appreciation to the members of Oregon’s early learning community without whom much of this information would not be available—the Early Learning Hubs, Child Care Resource & Referral Networks, Head Start/OPK program directors and staff, Preschool Promise directors and staff, and all of the other child care programs and providers.