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Local groups urge Portland Metro-area parents to sign-up kindergarten students early

Early kindergarten registrations are linked with improved academic achievement

Portland, Ore. – May 8, 2017 – Portland-metro area CCOs and community groups are urging parents to sign their kids up for kindergarten by or before June 1st in an effort to improve academic outcomes and parental involvement. The push is part of a community-wide campaign called Kindergarten Counts, which promotes early registration among tri-county residents. 

Now in its second year, the campaign has expanded its outreach efforts with additional emphasis on reaching diverse communities, such as recent immigrants and families with limited English proficiency. Outreach materials were created in 10 of the region’s most prevalent languages: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Somali, Russian, Arabic, Chuukese, Marshallese, Mixteco, and English.

“Early kindergarten registration is important for both schools and families because it is linked with improved academic achievement and increased parental involvement,” said Annette Dieker, Health & Education Systems Coordinator at FamilyCare Health. “Families may not be aware of their options for early registration, particularly if they are new to the area or unfamiliar with local school systems. That’s why organizers took extra steps this year to ensure the campaign is more effective in reaching Portland’s increasingly diverse communities.” 

FamilyCare Health is proud to promote early kindergarten registration among residents of the tri-county area. This community-wide effort brings together early childhood, health, and school partners to promote successful kindergarten transitions. FamilyCare Health has coordinated this project in partnership with Early Learning Hubs in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties and with Health Share, another local Coordinated Care Organization. 

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For more than 30 years, FamilyCare Health provided patient-centered health care to Oregonians. FamilyCare Health was the first health plan in Oregon to integrate models of physical and mental health and the first CCO in the tri‐county area certified by the Oregon Health Authority.

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