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The West Washington County Family Literacy Collaborative consists of two programs:  Adelante Mujeres and PODER.  We are an Even-Start funded program under the administration of the Oregon Child Development Coalition. We follow the Even Start model for family literacy which consists of  the four components listed below. The description under each component reflects our Collaborative as a whole.  (See individual program pages for description of each program).

Other Even Start programs may vary in how they offer these components, depending on the needs of their participants. 

For more information about Even Start and Family Literacy, visit the Oregon Dept. of Community Colleges and Workforce Development website:


Adult Education (AE)



Early Childhood Education (ECE)

  • Development of the cognitive, physical, language, and social skills necessary to succeed in school.

  • Development of the first language and appreciation of native culture.

  • Staff  trained in Early Childhood Education

  • Based on Creative Curriculum

  • Reading readiness activities for preschool children.

  • Homework and enrichment activities for school-aged children at the evening site.



Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA)


  • Parents join their children in the preschool or infant/toddler classroom where they have the opportunity to apply their understanding of language development while interacting with their children.

  • A combination of child-directed and parent-directed activities, in order to acknowledge cultural differences in parenting approaches.

  • Opportunities for parents to increase awareness of how children learn and how to support their children's social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development.

  • Recognize and share cultural heritage with children.



Parent Education and Support (PES)


  • Parenting skills, including positive approaches to discipline and an understanding of child development

  • Self-esteem

  • Parents' role as their child's first teacher

  • Goal-setting

  • Based on Guide to Improving Parenting Education in Even Start Family Literacy Programs.

  • HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-school Youngsters)


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Our Community Partners

  Cornelius United Methodist Church     Forest Grove Public Library
  St. Anthony Catholic Church    Forest Grove Resource Center   
  Pacific University    Mercy Corps
  Forest Grove Public Schools        OSU Extension Service
  Hillsboro Public Schools    St. Bede Episcoal Church
  Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Network    Tualatin Riverkeepers
  Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce     Washington Co. Health Dept.
  Big Brothers - Big Sisters    YWCA of greater Portland
  Columbia Willamette Girl Scouts  



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