Listening to Learn

Stories from Rural Northwest Families

Posted July 5, 2004
By Children First for Oregon and Washington Kids Count
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This report tells the story of the Northwest Rural Communities Project, which gathered resident feedback and relevant statistics to paint a picture of what life is like for families in rural Oregon and Washington.                                                                              

The Annie E. Casey Foundation funded this project — and several other multi-state projects — as part of a larger effort to explore child well-being in rural communities. The resulting publications are designed to connect policymakers with useful data and spur smart investments aimed at strengthening rural America.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations

Key Takeaway

When asked what they needed, rural parents responded with a clear and consistent message

This report found that, first and foremost, parents in the rural Northwest need reliable jobs that pay family-supporting wages. They also expressed a need for: quality child care and health care at reasonable costs, great schools, activities for middle and high-school youth, job training for adults and better transportation options.