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A Two-Generation Approach to Strengthening Oregon’s Economic Foundation

November 12, 2014

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s latest policy report, Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach, highlights that investing in families as a whole is critical to Oregon’s future prosperity. Children succeed when families succeed. As a state we must ensure that every parent has access to a job with family-sustaining wages and that every child has access to high-quality, affordable education from preschool to college. Download the full report and then add your voice to the Oregon Children’s Movement to help guarantee that policies are created that ensure a strong foundation of economic success for children and families in Oregon.

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The 2014 County Data Book – How Are Children In Your County Doing?

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Our 18th annual Oregon County Data Book compiles the critical measures of child well-being for every county of the state – and includes measures of opportunity that reveal clear disparities for Oregon children.

This deep inequity in opportunity does not reflect Oregon’s values, and only by holding our leaders accountable can we ensure that all children, in every corner of the state, are a top public policy priority. Download the full report here and sign up for the newly launched Oregon’s Children Movement here if you believe that Oregon can and should do better for its children.

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Make kids an election year priority!

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Kids don’t have a powerful voice in politics, but public leaders are making decisions everyday that impact whether or not they will get a fair shot to succeed. As the November 4 election approaches, it will be up to Oregon voters to tell the candidates running for office that our kids matter.

Today we are launching the Oregon Kids’ Election Center to help make our children’s future a voting priority this year. The site offers a district-by-district look at how families are faring, plus tools you can use to call on candidates and elected officials to support real opportunities for Oregon’s children and families.


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You’re Invited: Children First for Oregon’s “Next Generation” Luncheon

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Welcome Lisa McMahon to Children First!

August 25, 2014

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We are thrilled to announce that Lisa McMahon will be joining our team this month as the Oregon Foster Youth Connection Program Director!

Lisa comes to us from Portland State University’s My Life Project, where she organized group mentoring workshops and supported youth living in foster care with their transition goals. She began her career as a high school Special Education teacher in Michigan, teaching English and Biology classes. Since 2003, she has worked in youth development and empowerment, including work supporting a national organization for youth with disabilities to become their own youth-led nonprofit.

“I love to help youth and young adults find their internal spark, decide what they want, and work toward it,” she says. “I am so excited to bring what I have learned to OFYC! I believe this will be an exciting new adventure for all of us.”

This is also a bittersweet announcement for OFYC….

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If poverty were a city in Oregon ....

“David Sarasohn: A bleak picture of child poverty in Oregon”
July 23, 2014
David Sarasohn, The Oregonian

If there were a town named Poverty, mused Tonia Hunt of Children First for Oregon, it would be the largest city in Oregon. Its population would run heavily to children, because a higher percentage of Oregon’s children are poor than other age groups.

It would look familiar to Oregon’s urban residents in another way…


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The 2014 National Data Book is here. Where does Oregon fall in the rankings?

July 22, 2014

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Download the 2014 National Kids Count Data Book

The latest KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation on the well being of children state by state reveals that when Oregon commits to pro-child policies, it can lead the nation in improving outcomes for Oregonians and strengthening the state. Nowhere is this more evident than…

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