8 Early Adopter Communities Selected for Universally Offered Home Visiting


The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has shared with Children's Institute their list of 8 Early Adopter communities (identified in the map below) that will provide Universally Offered Home Visiting. OHA is contracting with Family Connects International to support planning in each of the early adopter communities. 

This year, Children's Institute and the rest of the Early Childhood Coalition successfully advocated for universal voluntary home visiting

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news on home visiting in Oregon, including an upcoming story about Lincoln County, which has been offering Family Connects home visits since 2017. 


5 Things to Know About Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health

Home visiting programs are among the supports that can help identify and address infant and early childhood mental health issues. Learn more about our emerging understanding of what mental health in infants and young children looks like, how mental health issues and disorders are treated, and the policies that can improve mental health outcomes for young kids. Read More


In today's Oregonian, CI's Senior Health Policy & Program Advisor Elena Rivera argues the importance of early mental health supports. "Expanding early screening for mental health issues; providing adequate training for people who work with infants, toddlers and their families; integrating mental health consultation and programming into child health and education services; and making sure insurance policies include mental health treatment for our youngest are all ways we can improve the network of support for our youngest children." Read More.


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On Effective Preschool with Dr. Christina Weiland

In this episode of The Early Link podcast, we speak with Dr. Christina Weiland, assistant professor at the School of Education at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Weiland’s research focuses on the effects of early childhood interventions and public policies on children’s development, especially on children from low-income families. 

Tune in to hear what it would mean for the U.S. to invest in a system that serves children under 5, with high-quality care and preschool programs available to parents who choose to access them, and the features of high-quality preschool programs that are responsive to the way young children learn. 

Catch us on the radio! 

This Sunday, September 22 at 4:30 pm, tune in to the Portland Radio Project (99.1 FM) for the next episode of The Early Link Podcast. We'll be joined by Dr. Deborah Leong, director of the Tools of Mind Project, a program that improves young children's ability to learn and provides early childhood educators with new techniques for working with children. 


We Need a Comprehensive Approach to Early Childhood Adversity

In the 20 years since the first study into Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), health care professionals, educators, and policy makers have become increasingly aware of the long-term consequences of exposure to adversity on children’s health and development. As state lawmakers increasingly call for routine screenings of children to identify ACEs, Child Trends has released a new report cautioning about the limitations of a screening-only approach and providing recommendations to address childhood adversity that go beyond screening. 

Learn how the ACEs Study Drives Change at John Wetten Elementary School in Gladstone. 


Protect SNAP Benefits for 35,000 Oregonians

According to new analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Mathematica, 16 percent of SNAP recipients in Oregon will lose their benefits under proposed changes; only Wisconsin and N. Dakota will be hit harder. The loss of SNAP benefits can have long-lasting impacts, especially on children. Studies have shown that children who need but don't have access to SNAP are less likely to be economically self-sufficient adults, and more likely to suffer health impacts including metabolic syndrome, obesity, and diabetes. Will you speak up to ensure children in Oregon don't go hungry? You have until September 23 to submit a public comment opposing this change.


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