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Salem, OR—Governor Brown today welcomed Miriam Calderon as director of the Early Learning System. Formed in 2013, the Early Learning Division is responsible for directing learning initiatives and creating positive outcomes for Oregon's youngest children and their families. Programs range from home visiting and relief nurseries to Early Head Start and Preschool Promise .

“We know that the first five years of a child's life are the most critical to preparing for a bright and successful future," Governor Brown said. "I am delighted that Miriam is returning to Oregon with the leadership and experience that will help us prepare every child, particularly those from historically underserved communities, for kindergarten. Her focus on equity will help Oregon close the opportunity gap and ensure children arrive at school ready for success in the classroom and beyond. I would like to thank David Mandell for serving as acting director and his work to ensure affordable, high quality opportunities for Oregon's families.”

Calderon has more than 15 years of experience in early childhood education, including appointments as a senior policy advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services and the Domestic Policy Council under the Obama Administration. While at the District of Columbia Public Schools, Calderon led the reform of the district's education programming across more than 80 schools. Since 2016, Calderon has served as a senior policy advisor for the Bainum Family Foundation.

Calderon began her early education career as a mental health consultant in Head Start programs in Portland. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Delaware and completed a Master's Degree in Social Work at Portland State University.



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