Portland State of Mind: Preschool for All - Investing in Equity
Friday, October 13, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, October 13, 2017 - 4:00pm

What: Preschool For All: Investing in Equity

When: Friday, October 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Morning sessions with Keynotes available.

Where: Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU) Ballroom, room 355, 1825 SW Broadway

Cost: Free and open to the public Tickets: Please RSVP through the PSU Box Office.
- Priority Registration: September 15, 2017.
- Deadline to register: October 1, 2017.

Contact: Ingrid Anderson,, 503-725-4706

To support young children’s rights to participate fully in their communities, there is a need to address the serious gaps in access to early childhood education (preschool). Multnomah County programs and citizens acknowledge that gaps are often generated by systemic inequities that leave a deficit image of the child. The first step to creating equitable access—acknowledging children as capable of making meaningful contributions to our city—is to invite communities across Multnomah County and the larger Portland metro area to engage in conversations about addressing opportunities to serve all children.

The Early Childhood Council (an interdisciplinary collaboration across PSU's 60+ faculty that work with children 0-8 years and their families) is hosting a a free event for students, faculty, and community members. A nationally known keynote presentation and expert with national key note speakers and panels focused on bring early childhood education to all children in Multnomah county. The Keynote and panel presentation are in the morning and open to all.

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eatured Speakers:

Miriam Calderon
Director, Oregon Early Learning Division

Christine Chaillé
National Early Childhood Expert 

Schedule of the Day

8:30am - Registration, SMSU Ballroom

9:05am - Welcome PSU President Shoureshi

9:10am - Early Learning Division Director Miriam Calderon 

9:25am - GSE Dean Marvin Lynn, Investing in Equity

9:45am - Inspirational speaker, Christine Chaillé

10:25am - Break

10:40am - Preschool for All: What Made It Happen in Seattle, Denver and San Francisco

12:05pm - Call to action

12:20pm - Lunch

12:25pm - Kevin Carnes, President of Lakeshore Learning Materials

12:40pm - Film: Voices of Children, Dr. John Nimmo, sponsored by the World Forum Foundation

1:30pm - Transition to working groups

1:40pm - Working Groups Preschool for All: Moving It Forward Locally

The afternoon sessions will focus on how we move Preschool for All from theory to implementation in our own community. Working collaboratively, we aim to define success and clear action steps to move if forward. Together, we can make accessible preschool a reality for all children in Multnomah County!

3:20pm - Transition to closing

3:30pm - Report out from groups

3:50pm - Closing remarks

4:00pm - Thank you and evaluation

This event is hosted by PSU`s Graduate School of Education, Early Childhood Council, School of Social Work, United Way Early Learning Multnomah and Social Venture Partners.

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