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LIFT Program Encourages Learning for At-Risk Children

Playing with toys, enjoying art projects, reading stories with their parents – these activities might appear to be just fun activities for children, but in reality, these are some of the biggest learning opportunities for young kids. This philosophy that encourages positive parent-child interactions and learning through playtime, literacy, arts and music is the backbone of Lincoln County School District’s Learning is Fun Together (LIFT) Program.

LIFT is a kindergarten readiness class offered in Waldport, Newport, Lincoln City and Yachats that serves homeless and at-risk children ages 3 to 5 and their families. Supported in part by grants from Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, the program provides a variety of play-based learning activities that help children reach their potential and prepare for school.

In addition to helping children learn and prepare for kindergarten, the program also serves as reliable, high-quality childcare. For many parents, this can remove a significant barrier in being able to find and keep steady employment.

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In 2017, the LIFT Program:

  • Held a 10-week session at five locations throughout Lincoln County; 86 total classes that served 73 children, 45 percent of whom were children whose families were living in poverty
  • Served three homeless families that were living in a shelter, all who were able to find steady employment due to support of the childcare program
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Other Partners in Supporting Programs and Services for Healthy Kids:

  • ABC House
  • Casa Latinos
  • Old Mill Center
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany and the Greater Santiam
  • Family Tree Relief Nursery
  • CASA of Lincoln County
  • Community Services Consortium Head Start, Lincoln County
  • Yachats Youth & Family Activities Program, Inc.