This page contains interim guidance based on what is known about COVID-19. The ELD will update its guidance as additional information becomes available.
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During this unprecedented time, the Early Learning Division (ELD) is committed to supporting child care providers while also increasing the availability of healthy and safe care for children of Essential Workers. Families for whom child care is not absolutely necessary should keep their children at home. As long as families continue to work, children need safe places to go.
Temporary Actions in Response to COVID-19
As outlined in Executive Order 20-12 and this temporary order, all licensed child care facilities are required to close from March 25, 2020 through April 28, 2020 (this period may be extended or terminated earlier by the governor).
Child care facilities may remain open if they submit an application to provide Emergency Child Care and are approved by the Office of Child Care (OCC). Essential Workers are prioritized to receive Emergency Child Care. This includes first responders, emergency workers, health care professionals, critical operations staff and essential personnel, and other individuals working outside of the home. Established in Executive Order 20-08, Oregon public schools will also provide Emergency Child Care for first responders, emergency workers, health care professionals, and other individuals.
In coordination with the Oregon Department of Education and child care providers who are answering the call to serve their communities, the Early Learning Division will help families working on the front lines access child care.
Governor Brown directed the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Early Learning Division to adjust eligibility to child care benefits during this unprecedented time. The temporary changes will expand access to Emergency Child Care for Oregon’s working families. From eliminating co-pays to increasing the income limit (see table below), these changes will connect more working families to Emergency Child Care. Click here to read the latest press release on the changes. Families who want to enroll should contact their local DHS field office or visit the DHS website to fill out their enrollment form.
ERDC Ongoing and Exit Income Limits
|Number in ERDC Group||Gross Income Limit|
|8 or more||$9,192|
Authorized under the Executive Order 20-08 and outlined in this temporary order, the Early Learning Division established temporary changes to licensing and other provider requirements. Changes include adapting training requirements for license renewals, an emergency background check, and more. Most recently, this temporary order by the Early Learning Division details the requirements for Emergency Child Care facilities in response to Executive Order 20-12. Click here for more information. Providers can email ProviderContact@state.or.us with questions regarding these changes.
As child care providers close, the need for Emergency Child Care providers who accept subsidy will increase. DHS has expedited the process for potential providers. For questions call the Direct Pay Unit at 1-(800)-699-9074.
For questions regarding COVID-19 and these temporary actions, providers can call 1-800-342-6712 or their local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R). Providers can also submit questions by emailing ProviderContact@state.or.us.
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