Proposed Cuts to Early Education:  How You Can Help

The proposed Oregon budget released last week includes millions in cuts to early learning programs and agencies that serve families. In response The Children's Institute is encouraging you, if you're concerned about education, to reach out to your state legislators in support of maintaining education funding at least at its current level.

Early learning is a vital component in brain development and school readiness yet 75% of vulnerable children don't have access to high quality, affordable early learning opportunities. Those same kids are 25% more likely to drop out of high school if they start kindergarten unprepared. Studies show many societal issues - from alcoholism and drug use to poverty and crime - can be traced back to a lack of early learning.

Because our mission at Kid Time Children's Museum is to encourage all children to learn and grow through play we make our facilities and programs as accessible and affordable as possible, and offer scholarships to families for whom membership prices are cost prohibitive. In addition, we understand not all families can afford high quality preschool like that offered at The Learning Loft at Kid Time so we allow the techniques used in the preschool to inform exhibits and programs in the museum, and vice versa. Our goal is to make quality early learning opportunities available to all, not just those who can afford them. However, as a non-profit organization we rely on funding from entities including the Early Learning Hub, Kindergarten Partnership Fund, and Preschool Promise, to name a few, so cuts at those levels will without question affect the services we offer and the number of families we'll be able to support.

If you believe as we do that all children deserve a safe, nurturing, inspiring place to play and develop, please make your voice heard. The information provided in a letter from the Children's Institute (below) will help you find your lawmakers and form your argument.

We - and the families we serve - thank you.

- Kid Time Children's Museum and The Learning Loft Preschool

Stop the Budget Cuts to Children's Education and Health

On Monday, April 17, the co-chairs of the state budget writing committee (Ways and Means) released a proposed budget that puts kids at risk. Reductions include: