IN THE PRESS

NEW PRESCHOOLS AIM TO REACH HUGE SHARE OF OREGON’S YOUNG CHILDREN NOT IN SCHOOL


For years, African immigrant and refugee families in Portland have lacked options for getting their children into preschool. Between affordability, transportation and language barriers, finding any school has been a challenge—let alone a program that would incorporate a family’s cultural background or have staff that speak their language.

HARD WORK PAYS OFF FOR SOMALI PRESCHOOL


Abdikadir Bashir knows what it’s like to begin a new life, far from home.Bashir’s family fled violence in his home country of Somalia when he was seven years old. He spent 18 years in a Kenyan refugee camp before his family was able to come to the United States through the refugee resettlement program. Almost immediately after he arrived, he got to work giving back to his new community.

CAIRO: SVP’S INVESTMENT IN AN INNOVATIVE PRESCHOOL


We are often asked what a high-quality preschool program looks like. The Center for African Immigrants & Refugees of Oregon (CAIRO) Preschool is a prime example of a quality, culturally-specific early learning program. 

Socialventurepartners.org– December 30, 2019