Coming Fall of 2016
Redmond School District has announced that in the fall of 2016 it will be opening an early learning center on the Hugh Hartman Campus located on SW Rimrock Way (where RPA currently resides).
The goal for the early learning center is that it becomes a hub where children from birth through age six and their families can access the early learning and developmental opportunities and supports that enhance their ability to succeed. Our intention is to house kindergarten from all in-town schools (John Tuck, M.A. Lynch, Sage, Vern Patrick and Tom McCall) on campus and to expand the center to provide access to pre-kindergarten programs and resources in partnership with other agencies. The center will provide equitable access for children and families by offering a “one stop shop,” that is centrally located within our community. The center could potentially include partners such as Head Start, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE), Public Health, Healthy Beginnings and many other agencies.
The district will utilize the 2015-16 school year for planning and intend to open the early learning center in the fall of 2016. First steps will include establishing leadership and the development of a planning team. The planning team will consist of a variety of stakeholders including potential partners, community members, and district team members.
In order for Oregon to reach its 40-40-20 goal and close opportunity gaps, communities must work together to create a truly seamless system of education for all children. This requires early learning, K-12, and health providers to partner with each other in identifying opportunities to collaborate, align work, and leverage resources in support of families. Redmond School District is prepared to take a bold step to create something innovative and prioritize our resources toward opening an early learning center for the Redmond community.
The emphasis on early learning and development is one that is growing steadily in our state. We know that in Oregon, despite spending $1.7 billion dollars on programs for children and families – across early education, healthcare, and human/social services – 40% of our children arrive at kindergarten underprepared for academic success. Oregon’s Early Learning Council encourages communities to adopt a coordinated approach that bridges gaps, encourages cooperation, and helps to eliminate silos in order to align goals and outcomes. We believe this effort is a critical step to improved outcomes for our children and families, and a better return on taxpayer investment for Oregon’s future.
The district has selected Desiree Margo, D.Ed., current principal of M.A. Lynch Elementary, to lead the planning efforts for our new center. Desiree has served in Redmond School District for 21 years and has been serving as principal at Lynch for the past five years. During her tenure at Lynch, she successfully developed an exemplary model of community partnership for student success. She will begin her work as planning principal in the 2015-16 school year.
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