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Education and Early Learning

Every Oregon child should have a safe place to receive a high-quality, culturally responsive public education, and every family needs access to affordable child care options. Oregon has work to do to build toward that vision. 

The COVID-19 pandemic deeply impacted everyone in the education space – early learning and child care providers, K-12 staff, community-based organizations, and of course students and their families. The pandemic also left its mark on student learning and laid bare the inequities in our systems that for too many Oregonians have always been crystal clear. 

Literacy is the foundation for learning, but far too many students are not getting the intentional literacy support and experiences designed to reflect each student’s needs and strengths. That’s why Governor Kotek’s recommended budget includes $120 million for research-aligned, targeted literacy strategies and literacy-focused summer programming. She is also championing legislation to improve how Oregon supports our students’ development of reading and writing skills both inside and outside of the classroom.