Portland – Earl Boyles, Oregon
The GLR Campaign recognizes Earl Boyles in Portland, Oregon, as a 2016 Pacesetter for integrating efforts to support parent success and address the health determinants of early school success.
Earl Boyles is in the David Douglas School District, in Portland’s Multnomah County; it is one of the state’s highest-need districts. It is a culturally and linguistically diverse community, with more than 20 languages spoken at the school and approximately 70 district-wide. Since 2012, Earl Boyles has scaled from 1 to 3 preschool classrooms for 3- and 4-year-olds with all catchment 4-year-olds being served; implemented a multipronged summer literacy strategy with community partners; passed a general obligation bond that allocated funding for an early learning wing built with a majority of public funding; established a parent leadership and volunteer group; conducted a Community Health Assessment using a community-based participatory model to understand the child and family health factors impacting school readiness; and supported a new governance system to ensure the sustainability of partnerships and efforts.
The community utilizes a data-driven approach and has seen positive outcomes in the areas of school readiness and chronic absence.