Preparing Multnomah County's Children for Success in Kindergarten

Overview

Latino Network, through its partnership with Early Learning Multnomah (ELM), endeavors to prepare every child in Multnomah County to succeed in school and life, regardless of race, ethnicity, and class.

As Multnomah County’s early learning hub, ELM works to make early learning resources and supports more accessible and effective. The hub oversees countywide coordination of early learning services focusing on:

  • Kindergarten readiness,
  • Stable and attached families, and
  • System alignment.

The voices of Latino Network’s parents and families are pivotal to this work.

Parent Accountability Council

Latino Network recruits Latino parent graduates of the Juntos Aprendemos and the Community Education Worker programs to serve alongside other parents on the ELM Parent Accountability Council. This Council ensures that parent voices from communities of color drive decision-making and strategic priorities for ELM.

Early Literacy Materials

Latino Network partners with ELM and the Multnomah County Library to create and distribute early literacy materials for children and families that are not just translated into Spanish, but that reflect Latino culture, traditions, and language. Materials feature photos of our Latino children and families and include an interactive wheel designed to engage children and families in reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing using everyday activities. 

Since 2014, more than 300 literacy wheels have been distributed to Latino families in Multnomah County along with culturally relative books in English and Spanish.