Oregon Afterschool Conference


Join OregonASK at Chemeketa Commnity College in Salem on October 22, 2016 for the Oregon Afterschool Conference! This year’s theme of Stepping Into the Future will support program directors and front line staff to continually improve and and innovate within their afterschool and summer programs. All participants will be able to choose between a variety of 1-3 hour workshops that explore dozens of topics related to afterschool, summer and informal education.

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Family Engagement
  • Cultural Conversations
  • Health & Wellness
  • Technology
  • Academic & Enrichment
  • Tools & Resources

Check out the conference brochure for a full list of sessions and register now to join us for the whole day for only $99!

Building Early Learning Partnerships for a Strong Foundation in Education

shutterstock_210283747-resizedThe Early Learning Division invites you to participate in an upcoming conference titled Building Early Learning Partnerships for a Strong Foundation in Education. This conference, which will bring providers of early learning services and K-3 educators together for a shared professional learning experience, will take place on November 17-18, 2016 at the Portland Airport Sheraton.

The overarching theme for this event is building capacity to support children’s social-emotional development as a key component of school readiness and academic success. Areas of emphasis will include engaging families as partners in children’s learning and development, P-3 professional learning communities, and strengthening developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive practice.

We are excited to feature two exceptional keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Alisha Moreland, Executive Director of Oregon Health Sciences University’s Avel Gordly Center for Healing
  • Dr. Melanie Berry from the University of Oregon’s Center for Translational Neuroscience.

Both Dr. Moreland and Dr. Berry bring deep expertise in how trauma affects children’s early brain development and how adults can best support children who have experienced traumatic events in their young lives.

Visit COSA’s website for more information and to register.

A limited number of scholarships are available to support early learning providers to participate in this conference. These scholarships will cover the full cost of conference registration. 

Please contact Brett Walker with the Early Learning Division at brett.walker@state.or.us or by phone at 503.378.5160 with any questions you have.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

Preschool Promise, Oregon’s Free Preschool Program, Begins This Month

Vale, Oregon’s education service districts first day of Preschool Promise.

Early Learning Hubs across the State Will Implement Preschool Promise

(Salem, Ore.) – Oregon’s innovative free preschool program, Preschool Promise, begins this month with rolling starting dates across the state. Oregon’s mixed delivery preschool pilot supports children and families living at 200 percent of the poverty level. Preschool Promise will reach approximately 1,300 children in Oregon.

“Economic status should not get in the way of building a solid foundation for any young learner,” Governor Kate Brown said. “Preschool Promise is a critical step in addressing this persistent equity gap in our education system so that all students have access to the supports and learning they need to thrive.”

In 2015, the Oregon Legislature enacted House Bill 3380, the creation of a new, publicly-funded, high quality preschool system. The model leverages high-quality, local and culturally-relevant early child care and education programs. By incorporating a “mixed delivery” approach, the preschool model will provide opportunities for families to access and choose the preschool program which best meets their needs. The Early Learning Division developed the model, the implementation process, and worked with community partners to create access for children to preschool.

“None of this would have been possible without four years of building an early learning system focused on kids and families,” said Pam Curtis, chair of the Early Learning Council. “We are moving to the next frontier of quality preschool for children who are furthest from opportunity.”

The Early Learning Hubs applied in early 2016 to implement Preschool Promise and recommendations were presented to the Early Learning Council for its vote at the March meeting. The five regional hubs selected are: Eastern Oregon Early Learning Hub, Marion Polk Early Learning Hub, Lane Early Learning Alliance, Southern Oregon Early Learning Services, South Central Oregon Hub and the Northwest Regional Hubs that include NW Regional, Early Learning Multnomah, Early Learning Washington County and Clackamas County.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the applications submitted for Preschool Promise in Malheur and Baker Counties,” said Kelly Poe, director of community based services for the Malheur Education Service District. “With fewer preschool options for local families, Preschool Promise generated hope and excitement. In a region that experiences some of the highest poverty in Oregon, Preschool Promise has provided access for 50 children who would not have access to preschool otherwise.”

Media Contact: Karol Collymore, (503) 930-1434


LOGO (2)

Text-to-911 planning and implementation is underway in Oregon and Southwest Washington, and should be available throughout Oregon in the next 24 months. The Portland-Metropolitan Region implemented an interim pilot project to receive text-to-911 messages, and after months of successful testing, went live on August 23, 2016.

The National Emergency Number Association slogan is “Call if You Can, Text if You Can’t,” which means calling should still be the primary method for reaching a Public Safety Telecommunicator. Text-to-911 should be used  by those who are unable to speak during an emergency, such as persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, have a speech impediment, or who are unable to verbally communicate safely. This service is free, and is a text-only service.

For more information, please visit the Text-to-911 website.

Webinar for Child Care Center Directors and Certified Family Child Care Owners

Join us on a webinar to learn more about the New Health and Safety Training Requirements.

August 18th, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Log into the webinar by using the link below:
Dial in: 1 (877) 309 2070
Access Code: 927-046-517
Audio Pin: Given once you are logged in

​New Health and Safety Training Requirements

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 requires training and regulation on specific health and safety topics for all caregivers that are licensed or who receive federal child care subsidy funding. The Early Learning Division will be adopting rules on the new training requirements soon. More information with links to the training will be on the Office of Child Care website by September 30, 2016.

For Certified Child Care Centers and Certified Family Child Care Homes:

Beginning 9/30/16 all new caregivers and substitutes in Certified Child Care Centers and Certified Family Child Care Homes must complete the free online “Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety” training within 30 days. Staff members will receive two hours of training credit for completing the course in addition to the two hours they already receive for orientation. This training is only required to be taken once and is available online with no fee beginning September 30, 2016.

All current caregivers and substitutes employed in a Certified Child Care Center or Certified Family Child Care Home must complete the online “Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety” training by 6/30/17.

For Registered Family Child Care Homes:

All new providers must complete the free online “Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety” training as part of application process beginning 9/30/16. The training is available in English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese beginning September 30, 2016.

All current Registered Family Child Care Home providers and substitutes must complete the “Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety” training by 6/30/17. Current providers will receive two hours of training credit for completing the course.

To view the letter mailed to all licensed facilities describing this training requirement, please visit the Office of Child Care website.

Early Learning Division and Partners Launch P-3 Resource Site

There is a growing recognition that achieving third grade success requires a strong continuum of support starting with prenatal development through third grade (P-3). Oregon’s Early Learning Division and Department of Education are partnering with The Children’s Institute, Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), The Ford Family Foundation, and Portland State University to support this work in communities throughout Oregon.

Together, we are proud to announce the launch of a new P-3 Resource Website. This site will provide communities, early learning providers, K-3 educators, and families with useful tools and information to support local P-3 efforts that are currently underway, and hopefully, inspire more communities to join in Oregon’s growing P-3 movement.

The site provides resources for educators, early learning providers, families, and policymakers, as well as general information about P-3. Additionally, the site highlights P-3 efforts that are currently taking place in communities throughout Oregon through the state’s Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership & Innovation Program, P-3 grants funded by OCF, The Ford Family Foundation and others, as well Children’s Institute’s Early Works Demonstration Sites and Campaign for Grade Level Reading Communities.

To access these tools and resources or to learn about local P-3 efforts underway in communities throughout Oregon, please visit the new site here.

Please contact Brett Walker, the Early Learning Division’s P-3 Alignment Specialist, with any questions at 503.378.5160 or by email at brett.walker@state.or.us.

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