Lane County, Oregon
The GLR Campaign recognizes Lane County, Oregon, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school readiness and summer learning for children from low-income families.
United Way of Lane County serves as the backbone support organization for the Lane Early Learning Alliance, which is focused on working together with cross-sector partners to create systems of services and supports that are aligned, coordinated and family centered to ensure children are prepared to succeed in school and life. Through Lane County’s collaborative efforts with partners, developmental screening rates for children have increased from 28.3% in 2013 to 67% in 2015, indicating a significant improvement in school readiness for low-income children. Lane County also has implemented and scaled a successful Kids in Transition to School (KITS) program to improve summer learning and strengthen parent success. The KITS program has gone from serving 40 children at two sites in 2011 to serving 368 children at 24 school sites in 2016. Program outcomes include a 28% drop in the number children at risk for reading failure, as well as indicators of parental confidence at supporting their children’s learning and positive behaviors.
The GLR Campaign would especially like to recognize Lane County for its exemplary work to achieve success, scale and sustainability of GLR efforts and outcomes.