Oregon voters delivered big wins for early childhood issues on ballot measures in the 2020 election — including a a tax increase on tobacco that will provide the last piece in the puzzle in fully funding the expansion of Medicaid eligibility. Both of these victories highlight the power of creating a broad coalition for developing and campaigning for policies that benefit children.
Children’s Institute promotes cost-effective public and private investments in young children birth through third grade. Their goal is to increase the number of Oregon’s children developmentally on track, arriving at kindergarten prepared for success and meeting third-grade benchmarks. They advocate for an education system that aligns and integrates early learning, family engagement and health with the primary grades.