Clackamas County initiative provides free rain boots for kids
The Early Learning Hub of Clackamas County last week launched the annual Make a Splash initiative to provide free Oaki rain boots to county children between the ages of 3 and 6.
Chelsea Hamilton, the early learning program planner, said Clackamas County officials and Oaki think the rain boots will provide children an increased opportunity to participate in outdoor play.
"Playing outside rain or shine helps children develop their imaginations, fine and gross motor skills, scientific thinking and problem solving," Hamilton said.
Early Learning Hub officials at the county approached Oaki, a Vancouver, Washington-based company, about the need for rain boots for young children in the county. To get the program started, Oaki covered 61% of the costs, which made the price for Clackamas County slightly over $10 per pair of boots, for a total cost of approximately $10,000.
The Early Learning Hub of Clackamas County is one of 16 across Oregon. Hubs are organized groups of people representing multiple agencies and disciplines that work together to create a streamlined system of support for children, prenatally through age 6, and their families. They collaborate with early childhood programs to translate research on early development into results-driven and family-oriented interventions and services.
One of the goals of the Early Learning Hub of Clackamas County is for children to receive the support they need to enter school ready to succeed.
CYF supports and administers the activities of the Early Learning Hub by convening partners, guiding vision and strategy, supporting aligned activities and mobilizing funding. It is coordinating the initiative.
Hub partners may submit a request on behalf of families they serve with children ages 3-6 who live in Clackamas County and qualify for any income assistance program, including the Oregon Trail card, OHP/CHIP, Section 8, WIC-eWIC card, free/reduced school lunch, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Head Start.
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