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Policy & Advocacy

The 2020 Children's Agenda is Here!

Strengthening the Resource Grid
for Oregon’s Children

In order to make Oregon a place where all children can thrive, we must ensure an even playing field for children to reach their full potential. To provide this foundation, children and their families must have access to the resources that they need to thrive. This access works like a power grid, but it is patchy and uneven in some areas.

The Children's Agenda

Policy changes and financial investments can help us repair and expand Oregon’s resource grid — so that every family and every child has the “energy” to achieve their full potential. Through the Children’s Agenda, we provide state legislators with a roadmap for this work by prioritizing policy solutions to address the most pressing problems facing children and families.

RECENT LEGISLATIVE SUCCESSES

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Economic Well-Being

Renter protections ending no cause evictions

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Health

Youth Suicide Prevention plans in every school district

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Education

Early learning investments creating the Early Learning Equity Fund

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Family & Community

Universally offered home visiting for families with newborns

From its inception through the 2020 legislative session, the Children’s Agenda has aligned policy and investment recommendations under three categories: economic security, education, and health. Beginning in 2021, the Children’s Agenda will use the following four categories:

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Economic
Well-Being

Children need financially secure families with stable housing.

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Health

Children should be healthy.

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Education

Children need quality learning environments beginning at birth.

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FAMILY & COMMUNITY

Children and their families need safety and stability.

Among the recommendations, beginning with the 2018 Children’s Agenda, key concepts are highlighted as priorities for the legislative session.

  • Children's Agenda Reports
  • Legislative Successes

View Each Report Below:

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

VIEW EACH REPORT BELOW:

5 years of Legislative Successes

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

A Community of Advocates

Through the Children’s Agenda, Our Children Oregon brings together a community of advocates, coalitions, and partner organizations to champion state legislative policies and shared investments that benefit child well-being. 

Our 120 partner organizations come together prior to each legislative session to share their expertise in child and family issues. Their diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and priorities informs the policies we pursue and the strategies we employ. While not all organizations are actively pursuing each agenda item, we stand together to propose systemic solutions and investments that will allow us to provide a strong foundation for Oregon’s children now and for generations to come.

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