Our Family Engagement and Partnerships work builds trusting relationships between home, school and community as well as hosts culturally specific events and workshops to build the intellectual, social, and human capital of families.
Early Learning Network.
The KairosPDX Early Learning Network is focused on providing direct and indirect, culturally competent programming and resources to early childhood providers and families/friends and neighbors who serve under-represented youth ages 0-5, specifically low-income youth and youth of color.
We aim to leverage our individual and collective relationships to strengthen the current network of providers by offering the following:
We believe that creating a network of providers and friends/family/neighbor caregivers will greatly benefit the system of early childhood, by enhancing the quality of early childhood education, as well as expanding the policy and practice dialogue to those serving under-represented youth. By strengthening and reflecting the service delivery within the network, we will strengthen the system itself, ensuring more of our kids are ready for Kindergarten and life beyond.
The Family connections program is born of the belief that families are first teachers and children exist in the context of their families. As such, if we are supporting children to thrive, we need to support families as well. The family connections program is also predicated on the belief that Portland has a wealth of family resources and our goal/job is to be a broker and connector to these existing resources.
Any programming that occurs outside of the classroom environment that supports children and families is designated as our family connections programming. The family connections program also exists to support families with children who are at three main age levels:
The majority of the Family Connections program to start is focused on Early Childhood to ensure that all children have access to quality early learning experiences.