Early Learning Hub Report to the Legislature

Read the 2015 Early Learning Hub Report to the Legislature. The report includes lessons learned, highlights from Hubs, opportunities and challenges.

Child Care Rules Update

On January 29th, the Early Learning Council passed permanent rules related to the use of marijuana in child care facilities. As has been the case since the temporary rules passed in August, a licensed child care provider cannot be the holder of a registered Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card. These permanent rules clarify that the consumption of marijuana, medical or recreational, during child care hours or when child care children are present is prohibited.

Review the rule changes here.

Early Learning Council Hosts Community Forum

The Early Learning Council will be hosting a Community Forum at the Community Action Agency building, 2475 Center St. N.E., Salem, Oregon 97301 from 7:30-8:30 on Wednesday January 28th. Child care will be provided free of charge and a translator can be available if needed. Please RSVP to Alyssa Chatterjee at alyssa.chatterjee@state.or.us if you need child care. Thank you!

ELC Community Forum Flyer (1)

Usted está invitado al foro comunitario que es organizado por el comité del aprendizaje temprano (The Early Learning Council).

Lugar:  Community  Action Agency, 2475 Center St. N.E., Salem, Oregon 97301
Dia:  el miércoles, 28 de enero
Hora 7:30-8:30.

Ofreceremos cuidado para sus niños y habrá un intérprete disponible si es necesario.  Por favor confirme su asistencia con Rita Loop rita.loop@state.or.us y también para confirmar si necesita cuidado de niños o un intérprete de español/inglés.  ¡Gracias!​

 ELC Flyer-Spanish

Statewide Kindergarten Assessment Results Released

A Statewide Snapshot of Early Skills, An Opportunity to Focus on Equity

Salem, OR (January 14, 2015)—The results of the 2014-2015 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment were released today. This is the second year the state has collected a snapshot of children’s skills and knowledge when they first enter kindergarten.

The state of Oregon wants to ensure that student success starts early. Children currently enter kindergarten having had a wide variety of informal and formal early childhood experiences. The Kindergarten Assessment provides a means by which to honor the diverse early experiences children have before they enter school while highlighting areas where resources can be targeted to better serve families and children. The Kindergarten Assessment also gives schools additional information that can inform how they invest their limited resources in supporting the social, emotional, and academic development of students in the early elementary grades.

The assessment is not a comprehensive look at what children know, but rather focuses on a few of the skills that have been shown to be predictive of success in later learning. The Kindergarten Assessment results provide a snapshot of the extent to which children are starting school with the skills that will allow them to engage in and benefit from the opportunities and experiences provided to them.

“Research is clear that the experiences children have in their earliest years set the stage for future learning and success,” said Megan Irwin, Acting Early Learning System Director. “We know that supporting all young children and families to learn and thrive will not only benefit children and families in the short term, but the investment will benefit our schools, our communities and our state’s future prosperity. This data elevates the need for that investment and the need to make sure equity is front and center in all of our early learning strategies.” (more…)

Preschool Development Grant

Oregon learned this week that it was not selected to receive a Race to the Top- Preschool Development Grant. The grant would have funded high-quality preschool for an additional 1,365 income-eligible children in Oregon.

The model outlined in Oregon’s grant application relied on Head Start, private preschools, community-based organizations and schools to coordinate preschool services in their communities. This mixed-delivery model creates more accessible options for families and builds upon the existing resources within a community.

“While we are disappointed that we were not selected to receive this grant, we are proud of the application we put together. We will continue to build upon the mixed-delivery model outlined in grant and pursue other funding avenues for providing high-quality preschool to underserved children in Oregon,” said Megan Irwin, Acting Early Learning System Director.

The Governor’s Requested Budget includes an investment of about $30 million to create a mixed-delivery preschool model to reach more underserved children in Oregon.

There was good news for three of our state’s Head Start programs this morning. Umatilla Morrow Head Start, Mt. Hood Community College and the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency, Inc will all likely receive Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion grants. The grant amounts are still in negotiation and additional grantees may be announced through March of next year. We are thrilled for our Head Start partners and look forward to supporting the implementation of these grants.

Learn more about Oregon’s grant submission here and the Preschool Development Grant announcement here.

P-3 Toolkit

In order for Oregon to reach our 40-40-20 goal and close opportunity gaps, we must work together to create a truly seamless system of education for all children. This requires early learning, K-12, and health providers to reach out to each other and identify opportunities to collaborate, align work, and leverage resources to work in partnership with families. These resources will help you identify the best next step for doing this work in your community.

Key Resources for Early Years to Early Grades Work in Your Community

Take a moment to check out our P-3 Alignment page as well.

Early Years to Early Grade Summit – Register Now

Earlier the Early Learning Divsion extended an invitation to early learning service providers and K-12 educators to participate in the upcoming Early Years to Early Grades Summit, which will take place on November 6, 2014 at the Airport Sheraton in Portland. Dr. Kristie Kauerz from the University of Washington will serve as the Keynote, sharing information on her research-based framework for Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating Pre-K through 3rd Grade Approaches. This conference will be a great opportunity for providers of early learning services and K-12 educators alike to learn from both national experts and from colleagues here in Oregon about effective strategies for connecting early learning and early elementary education.

Click here to register
Click here to view the agenda

Please contact Brett Walker with the Early Learning Division at 503.378.5160 or by email at brett.walker@state.or.us.


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