SOELS and The Southern Oregon Early Learning Hub
Southern Oregon Early Learning Services (SOELS) is the Early Learning Hub serving Jackson and Josephine Counties .
What is a Hub?
A Hub is an organized group of people collaborating toward a shared vision and shared goals. Like all the 16 Hubs in Oregon, SOELS is designed to make resources for children, prenatally through six years and their families, more available, more accessible, and more effective. Early Learning Hubs collaborate with early childhood programs to translate the research on early development into result – oriented interventions and programs.
- Families are healthy, stable , and attached
- Children are supported to enter school ready to succeed
- The early childhood system is aligned, coordinated, and family – centered
Jackson and Josephine Counties have a regional total population of 22, 644 children birth to age six. SOELS focuses on 17,133 children within the two counties, a figure representing 75.7 % of children in the two-county region who were determined to be at-risk due to conditions of poverty, abuse, neglect and other challenging conditions. Careful attention is paid to the children who are not receiving the services they need to address the achievement gaps among the youngest and most vulnerable citizens.
What do we do?
SOELS brings together community leaders from early childhood education and child care, health care, K-12 education, social services, private sector business, and parents to build strong alliances and networks that translate in to effective and aligned programs. In doing so, expertise and resources can be shared to strengthen services and avoid duplication.
SOELS captures the Parent Voice by reaching out to existing parent groups to hear their perspectives on services available to them and to hear about the needs of parents and bring this perspective into the planning of interventions and programs that can respond directly to the unique conditions affecting families.