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Early Learning Alliance®

Preparing children to succeed in school and life

Using the theory of Collective Impact, we believe that bringing together early learning providers, K-12 education, healthcare providers, human and social services, local businesses, and parents and families will allow us to develop a system to best meet the needs of all children and families in our community.

The Lane Early Learning Alliance is focused on reaching young children and their families because the research is clear that giving children a strong start helps set them on a path toward future success in school and in life. Well before the start of kindergarten, a child’s brain has already created the foundation for future learning and development. Learn more about the Early Learning Alliance as well as their programs and initiatives on their website:



In 2011, United Way of Lane County received funding from the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative to coordinate parenting education activities across the county.  The Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative is a multi-year initiative led by The Ford Family Foundation, The Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon State University. Financial supporters include the Meyer Memorial Trust, the Collins Foundation and OCF Donor Advised Funds.

LaneKids, Lane County’s Parenting Education Hub, is a local network of parenting education providers and stakeholders brought together by United Way of Lane County to strengthen and coordinate our community’s parenting education system.LaneKids is one of eleven Parenting Education Hubs across Oregon committed to improving access to an array of evidence-based parenting education opportunities and activities for all families. Read more on LaneKids on their website:

Social Innovation Fund

The Social Innovation Fund grant to United Way of Lane County will help to expand the Kids In Transition To School Program and ensure that young children and families throughout Lane County get the best start possible and are set on a path of success.

The Kids In Transition to School (KITS) Program is an evidence-based school readiness  program developed at the Oregon Social Learning Center, that offers a unique two generational approach designed to boost to children’s literacy, self-regulation, and social skills just prior to kindergarten entry and provide support to families as their children transition into kindergarten.


2013-2015 Strategic Investments

United Way of Lane County strategically invests in programs that measurably help us reach the goal of having every child in Lane County enter school ready to learn. Learn more on the strategic investments we make for the success of children and families.


Champions of Young Children

The Champion for Young Children is a group of advocates in our community who understand how influential children's earliest years are to their life outcomes. This group comes together to act as knowledgable and innovative advocates in the furtherance of early learning efforts in Lane County. Become a part of the Champions of Young Children by signing up here.


Summer Reading Spots

The Summer Reading Spots are a volunteer project organized by United Way of Lane County to provide literacy-building reading experiences for young children and to encourage parents to actively participate in reading with their kids. Find out how you can get involved. 



Early Learning Alliance® and the Oregon Pediatric Society are the co-leads on Oregon’s technical assistance grant from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to develop a system for earlier identification of children at-risk for developmental disabilities and delays and connection to community supports.