The Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) has been an SVP Portland Community Partner since 2016. They recently shared a success story that is a powerful reminder of why we support early-learning programs — to provide opportunities for our kids that set the trajectory for learning and life success.
From IRCO’s website: “The Early Learning Program empowers Thi and her husband to take initiative of teaching and raising their children by providing the resources that will help them succeed. Prior to COVID-19, caseworkers visited the family two times per week to play with the children and talk to the parents about their progress. Thi acknowledged that the home visits were her children’s favorite part about the program.”
The family’s Early Learning Coordinator sees how COVID-19 has taken a toll on the children, since they aren’t able to see their classmates or have daily social interactions with peers. Fortunately, IRCO is ensuring that home visits still happen, maintaining social distancing guidelines, and activity boxes are now delivered to replace in-person activities.