As an Early Learning Hub, the Lane Early Learning Alliance partners with early learning providers, school districts and community organizations to provide programs that support the health and well-being of families, as well as early education and kindergarten transition programs for children across Lane County.
Learn more about those programs on the Funded Partner page.
The Lane Early Learning Alliance’s (ELA) Family Leadership Council (FLC) is made up of parents and caregivers who inform key program and policy decisions by the ELA that will affect young children and families in Lane County.
LaneKids is Lane County’s Parenting Education and Family Support hub. Visit the LaneKids.org page and follow LaneKids on Facebook for activities, parenting blogs, resources, child care, parenting classes, and more. Most of the high quality resources listed are free and low-cost.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that sends books each month directly to families until their child’s 5th birthday, for free!
To learn more about the program, visit the LaneKids Imagination Library page.
In Lane County, 53% of third graders are not reading at grade level, making them four times more likely to drop out of high school. In response, United Way of Lane County and Connected Lane County host BookFest: a community-wide book drive and distribution event to help Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students build their home libraries and inspire a love of reading.
To learn more, visit United Way of Lane County’s BookFest page.
Bridging communities and schools to assist families in supporting their children’s educational success.
There are Family Resource Centers (FRCs) housed within school districts throughout Lane County. FRCs refer families to resources, provide basic needs supplies like food, clothing, and diapers, help families navigate the public school system, and provide parenting programming like Raising A Reader, Story-Times, and LaneKids Parenting Education. Visit LaneKids.org for a list of locations and contacts.
The Lane Early Learning Alliance is partnering with the Kids in Transition to School (KITS) program to give children a big boost to their early literacy, self-regulation, and social skills through a system of positive teaching and behavior change strategies.
KITS also builds strong families by providing parents with tools and skills to teach and advocate for their children at home, in school, and in the community.
Free, High Quality Preschool for Lane County Kids.
Preschool Promise provides high-quality preschool centered around the philosophy that families should be able to choose the setting that works best for their children and family. From culturally responsive environments and inclusive programming to well-educated teachers, the program builds a learning environment that can create lasting benefits.
This early learning program offers families with African American/Black students the resources and support to help children thrive—from their earliest moments through the time they start kindergarten and beyond.
This program is free for all Lane County children with African American/Black heritage between ages 0-6, regardless of your family’s income or racial/ethnic make-up.
The program offers:
- Family visits (at home or in the community)
- Development screening for child
- 1-1 support with your child’s needs
- Referrals to community resources
- Connection to other families with African American/Black children