Who We Are

Our Story

The Early Learning System:

The first six years of life are the most important in determining how children see themselves, how they approach learning, and what kind of success they will reach in school and beyond. Overwhelming evidence tells us that investing in young children and their families has a lasting, positive impact across their lifetime. All of Oregon’s young children deserve the best start.

In 2013, In order to create a system where all children and families have access to the resources they need to be successful, Oregon established the Early Learning Division and Early Learning Hubs began to form across the state. The shared mission of Early Learning Hubs was to work across sectors using a collective impact model to create local systems where: 

  • The Early Learning System is Aligned, Coordinated and Family Centered

  • Children are raised in Healthy, Stable, and Attached families

  • Children arrive ready for Kindergarten
     

In early 2019 Oregon created a five year Statewide Early Learning System Plan: Raise Up Oregon, which identified actionable, concrete strategies for working together across traditional boundaries to make this vision a reality.

The Student Success Act was passed in spring 2019, creating new funding opportunities to support the implementation of Raise Up Oregon.

The South Coast Regional Early Learning Hub: 

In 2015 the South Coast Regional Early Learning Hub (SCREL) was established as one of the 16 regional Early Learning Hubs. Our South Coast Region encompasses Coos, Curry, and Coastal Douglas Counties.

We work in partnership with families, schools, early childhood professionals, healthcare providers, and others to promote equity and systems change in our region.

Oregon Coast Community Action (ORCCA) serves as the SCREL Hub's backbone agency.  Together we promote positive change for thriving communities on the South Coast.

Learn more about the work that we do at SCREL: 

Our Team

We have full time staff dedicated to working to achieve the goals of the SCREL Hub. Our office is located at Oregon Coast Community Action in Coos Bay. Due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines we are working remotely until further notice.

Sara Stephens

Executive Director

sstephens@orcca.us

Corinne Potts

Home Visiting Systems Coordinator

cpotts.screl@orcca.us

Charlotte Carver 

Operations Coordinator

ccarver.screl@orcca.us

Skaidra Scholey

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator

sscholey.screl@orcca.us

Jessica Porter

Community Impact Coordinator

jporter@orcca.us

Trees and Mountains

Our Governance Council

Our Governance Council is called the Steering Committee. This diverse group includes representatives across multiple sectors including Early Care and Education, K-12, Health, Business, and Social and Human Services. The Steering Committee meets once a month and welcomes the public to join. 

Our Guiding Principles 

1. We believe every child has the potential to be successful in school and in life.

2. We believe in a family-centered approach and recognize parents and families as the child's first and most important teachers.

3. We believe the family and parent voice should be included in all aspects of planning, program implementation, and reflection. We are committed to acting with, and following the lead of, communities, rather than doing things for or to communities.

4. We believe the rich history and culture of learners is a source of pride and an asset to embrace and celebrate. We believe cultural responsiveness is in the best interest of every child and family, and we recognize that in order for every child and family to learn and thrive, we have to provide differentiated, person-centered resources and support.

5. We believe that the greatest opportunity for impact is to invest in children and families who are at-risk and furthest from opportunity. We are committed to targeting our funding and strategies to eliminate barriers and support the needs of our priority populations.

6. We believe institutionalized equity, diversity, and inclusion will create better outcomes for all members of our communities. We are committed to using the Equity lens/Equity Impact Analysis tool to guide us towards inclusive decision making.

7. We believe in having a growth mindset.  We are committed to continuous learning, reflection, and improvement.

8. We believe in having an “asset-based mindset”: focusing on potential rather than deficits. And support "Strength-based approaches”: Policies, practice methods, and strategies that identify and draw upon the strengths of children, families, and communities to develop and enhance services.

9. We believe in data driven decision making and support evidence-based approaches. Whenever possible, we strive to measure outcomes for accountability, transparency, continuous learning and improvement.

10. We believe in order to support long-lasting change we must work together within communities and across sectors. We believe in using a collective Impact model to achieve Early Learning system change.

11. We believe the path to our goals is through innovation and creative solutions. We must have the courage to take risks in order to achieve system change.

"Early Childhood programs pay dividends for life. We see savings as early as kindergarten, reduced burdens on the schools. We see savings in the teenage years. We see a direct link to higher adult productivity and self sufficiency"

- James Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics

Study after study shows that the earlier a child begins learning, the better he or she does down  the road. 

- Former President Barack Obama

 Telephone:  (541) 435- 7751

Email: screl@orcca.us

Address: 1855 Thomas Avenue

Coos Bay, OR 97420 

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