Children's Institute



We leverage research, practice, policy, and advocacy to shift systems toward justice for families so that all of Oregon’s children, prenatal to grade 5, have access to opportunity.

Bottom Line for Portland

Children’s Institute is a social impact organization, creating change, inspiring hope, and building a socially just and equitable future for kids. 

We lean into our values to create an early childhood ecosystem that transforms lives and systems for children and families. 

We focus on expanding opportunities for children from low-income households and those in rural environments, children of color, disabled children, and English language learners. 


“Working with Children’s Institute and the Early Childhood Coalition gave me a space to speak as an expert in family care and I was able to help shape priorities for the 2021 legislative session. The Early Childhood Coalition is doing essential work to ensure that early childhood policies in Oregon support providers and ultimately, young children and families.“   

  • Zakkiya Ibrahim, owner & director of Education Explorers; child care provider; ECC partner

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

All children are born precious, powerful, and full of potential, but young children who experience barriers to opportunity due to racism, economic injustice, and other systemic inequities often lack access to programs and services that strengthen early learning and healthy development. Children’s Institute is working to create a future where race, ethnicity, income, geographic isolation, disability, language, immigrant and refugee status, houselessness, and foster care no longer predict the outcomes of children living in Oregon. To learn more, click here.  


Donate any amount Nov. 1 - December 31, 2022 and get a 20% off discount any handcrafted drink at SuperJoy Coffee Lab! (The voucher will be mailed to you and will be valid until January 7, 2022)


Starting December 15, all donations up to $1,000 will be matched!

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$20,875 raised of $20,000 goal
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Year Founded: 2003

Tax ID: 93-1095351

Children's Institute is in the Education category which is sponsored by Bank of America

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