State Early Learning Council to host community forum May 30

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The public is invited to provide input regarding kindergarten readiness during a community forum May 30 at Blue Mountain Community College, sponsored by the state’s new Early Learning Council.

The Early Learning Council is in the process of developing a statewide kindergarten readiness assessment that will answer questions such as: When Oregon children enter kindergarten, are they ready to learn? How can the state direct its investment in early childhood services (i.e., pre-kindergarten, health care, child care, early intervention) to help more at-risk children start school with the skills and support they need to succeed?

Under legislation passed earlier this year, the Council will choose one assessment to pilot in 15 schools across Oregon this fall. Then, in 2013, every kindergarten classroom in the state will use the assessment.

Parents, teachers, early learning providers, school administrators, and health care workers – anyone vested in the expectations for children entering kindergarten – are invited to attend the May 30 forum to learn more about the kindergarten readiness assessment and share their thoughts, concerns and suggestions. Representatives from the Early Learning Work Group will provide a presentation on their work at the local level and then those attending the forum will have an opportunity to break out into discussion groups before a question and answer session with the Council.

The forum is one of six across the state to gain input from community members.

The forum is sponsored by the Early Learning Council, with support from InterMountain Education Service District and BMCC. The public is invited to attend the event Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Hall cafeteria at BMCC.

For more information, please contact Liz Durant – 541-966-3165 or