East Multnomah County
To learn about existing literacy programs and partnerships and to better understand barriers to early literacy building, we engaged deeply with communities in East Multnomah County. Beginning in May 2014, we worked with Early Learning Multnomah, the Reynolds School District, local libraries and a host of community and culturally specific organizations to convene parents, community partners and education leaders.
East Multnomah County is home to families who speak more languages than anywhere in the state and is rich with cultural diversity. Many families experience generational poverty or struggle to meet their basic needs. Through the stORytime initiative we set out to better understand both real and perceived barriers families experience in helping their children with early literacy building. Through a series of community conversations spanning months we engaged the community in helping us determine how communication to, and engagement with families about literacy building can alleviate barriers and be both regionally and culturally specific.
On November 12th, we’ll be launching stORytime at an event that brings together students from Reynolds School District, community and education leaders, local businesses, libraries, and elected officials for a celebration at Mt. Hood Community College. The event will build excitement for students, empower families and challenge the community to come together to put local students on a path to lifelong success by helping to ensure they are reading proficiently by third grade.