UPDATE: Child care in Oregon is closed unless operating as Emergency Child Care. For more information, click here.
Emergency Child Care
Child care is an essential service to communities. In response to COVID-19 and the governor’s Executive Orders 20-19, 20-08 and 20-12, the Office of Child Care (OCC) created a process for licensed child care providers, public schools, and employers or other entities to launch new, Emergency Child Care Facilities. In addition, Oregon has license exempt providers that typically offer care to three or fewer children. License exempt facilities do not need to apply to OCC, and do not fall under the same regulations. If you want more information about those options, click here.
We are still accepting applications to operate Emergency Child Care. The Early Learning Division is not currently accepting applications for non-licensed, temporary Emergency Child Care (“pop-up”) facilities unless they can demonstrate a community need. If you have any questions regarding applications, please email OCC.CustomerService@state.or.us.
Corresponding to the end of the school year, school-based Emergency Child Care ended June 30, 2020, unless the school provided child care prior to the state of emergency. For more information, click here.
Emergency Child Care Dashboard
This Emergency Child Care Dashboard provides a valuable overview of the status of Emergency Child Care (ECC) in the state of Oregon, specifically around vacancy and capacity.
The Early Learning Division (ELD) partnered with the Center on Early Learning and Youth Development (CELYD) at The Research Institute at Western Oregon University to collect data on Emergency Child Care operations in Oregon. The ECC dashboard was created to ensure there was an adequate supply of child care for essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and to understand more about the supply of child care to support ECC providers and those who closed.
This dashboard is a dynamic resource, with data continually changing and updates processed daily, Monday through Friday. The ECC Dashboard may help determine:
- The demand for and availability of ECC, statewide and by county.
- The demand for and availability of ECC by age group.
- The overall impact and role of Emergency Child Care.
- Identify next steps as Oregon begins to reopen.
In addition, the ELD and CELYD are gathering data on trends since Emergency Child Care operations began.
Table 1: General Summary - Vacancies by Age Group
Table 2: Vacancies by County
Dashboard Data Collection
Below are the data sources for the ECC Dashboard.
ECC VACANCY DATA:
- Oregon’s Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) Database
The Child Care Resource and Referral database (NACCRRAware) collects and houses program and vacancy data from child care providers in order to connect families with child care providers that match their needs.
- Weekly Contact Attempts with all ECC Providers, including licensed and license-exempt, by CCR&R Agencies
Vacancies are reported by child care providers via email, text, or phone and updated as they are received. The date of the most recent vacancy update is also tracked.
ECC CAPACITY DATA:
- Emergency Child Care (ECC) Applications
The capacity for licensed ECC providers is determined by the Early Learning Division – Office of Child Care (OCC) staff based on state regulations. This information comes from each approved ECC Application and any updates that are made to that application.
- Capacity for License-Exempt Providers
The capacity for license-exempt providers is entered and updated in the NACCRRAware database. This is based on state regulations and updates given by the provider during weekly vacancy checks with local CCR&R staff.
Capacity: Capacity for licensed programs or the number of children allowed at a licensed facility, determined by license type and the Office of Child Care. These data are broken down further by the child’s age.
Vacancies: Openings (slots) in a licensed or licensed-exempt child care . Vacancy data are further broken down by the child’s age.
Note: There is sometimes a slight discrepancy when reviewing vacancies by age groups or vacancies as an overall number. Many times, a provider is open to different combinations of ages and it is up to the CCR&R staff to sort overall vacancies into age groups in the vacancy fields.
- Infant Vacancies: Number of openings for children at least 6 weeks and up to 1 year of age.
- Toddler Vacancies: Number of openings for children at least 1 year of age and up to 3 years of age.
- Preschool Vacancies: Number of openings for children at least 3 years of age and up to 5.5 years of age.
- School Age Vacancies: Number of openings for children who are at least 5 years of age.
Types of Child Care Businesses
Licensed – Certified Center (CC): A program with a CC license operating in their approved business location.
Licensed – Certified Family (CF): A provider with a CF license operating in their approved business location.
Licensed – Registered Family (RF): A provider with a RF license operating in their approved business location.
Unlicensed – Recorded: A preschool or school-aged program that is recorded with the Office of Child Care.
Unlicensed – School Partners: Programs that are approved to provide Emergency Child Care in a school building.
License-Exempt: A provider that cares for three or less children in their own home.
All other combinations of licensure means that the child care provider:
- has a pre-existing license and an ECC identifier and may be operating child care out of their own location,
- temporarily partnering with another child care program, or
- providing care out of a temporary location.
Following the coronavirus outbreak and the reopening phases, the status and role of Emergency Child Care will continue to evolve.