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Community Education Worker (CEW) Program

The purpose of the Community Education Worker (CEW) Program is to decrease inequities in early childhood education and increase the success of children from infancy to school and beyond through empowerment of low-income families of color, immigrants and refugees.  We support families through culturally–centered practices, relationship-building and advocacy, and engagement with schools, health care systems, governmental agencies and other decision-making bodies.

The CEW program works in five broadly defined cultural groups

African-American, Latinx, Native American/Alaskan Native, Somali, and Myanmar refugee communities. CEWs employed by culturally specific CBOs work with families in these priority populations who have children ages prenatal through age six. The program addresses the social and structural determinants of educational equity and health that impede the ability of families in marginalized communities to support their child(ren)’s learning and cultivate Kindergarten readiness.

CEWs are Cultural Liaisons

Another aim of the program is to increase parents' understanding of the educational system so that they are empowered to advocate for the needs of their children.  CEW's are cultural liaisons between the families they serve and the school systems, working with these systems in preparation to better equip them to meet the needs of the families.

For more information: contact Shanaquewa Finney, shanaquewa@orchwa.org.

ORCHWA partners with the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Urban League of Portland (ULPDX) and Latino Network. The program has received generous support from Early Learning Multnomah (ELM), the Cambia Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, Collins Foundation, the ECEF Early Childhood Equity Fund, Portland Children's Levy, and CareOregon.

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