Selected for one-year pilot project
by Patty Dorroh
for the Burns Times-Herald
The Frontier Oregon Services Hub (Frontier Hub), a partnership of collaborative work between Harney and Grant counties, was selected as an apparent successful applicant to be awarded designation as an Oregon Early Learning Hub. To quote the Oregon Early Learning Council Chair, “We are pleased to let you know that we have chosen your application as ready to move forward.”
This selection means the Frontier Hub will be participating in a one-year pilot project to help define and refine work toward increasing kindergarten readiness, increasing stable and attached families, and coordinating services effectively and efficiently.
Among the 15 applications, the following apparent successful applicants were selected:
• Early Learning Hub, Inc. (Marion County)
• Early Learning Multnomah
• Frontier Oregon Services Hub (Harney and Grant counties)
• South-Central Oregon Early Learning Hub (Douglas & Lake Counties)
• United Way of Lane County
• Yamhill Early Learning Hub
Further communications and negotiations between the Frontier Hub and the Oregon Early Learning Division will take place in the near future to meet and determine any supplemental work that may need to be completed prior to final contract award.
As an Oregon Early Learning Hub, Harney and Grant counties will ensure that their frontier communities focus on: 1) working across traditional programs and sectors for collective community accountability for kindergarten readiness, 2) finding the children in each community that need help the most, 3) working with families to identify their unique and specific needs, 4) linking families with services and providers who can best address their needs, and 5) accounting for outcomes collectively and cost effectively.
Under the community-based leadership of Early Learning Hubs, Oregon will bring public schools, early learning providers, health care, social services and the private sector together locally, around shared outcomes, for better results for children.
The Harney and Grant county courts were strong supporters of this effort. Their leadership and backing were instrumental in forging the partnership. Additional support came from community partners in both counties who added their expertise and input; continued support from both will be needed as the Frontier Hub moves forward for better outcomes for children.