The well-being of the City of Portland is inextricably linked to the well-being and education of all its residents. Economic opportunity and educational opportunity grow together. The community thrives when its children and families thrive. To succeed in careers and being engaged community members, and to sustain economic and civic vitality, all Portland children need healthy early childhood experiences and high-quality learning opportunities.
Yet many Portland children face barriers that prevent them from attaining their full educational potential. Median family incomes lag, with over 50% of Portland students living in poverty, and one in four students is learning English. Schools and teachers cannot address these challenges alone. The community as a whole has a crucial role to play.