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COVID-19 Updates for Child Care Providers  |  September 10, 2021

Since March 2020, under Oregon’s declared COVID-19 state of emergency, the Early Learning Division (ELD) has provided an expedited Emergency Background Check (EBC) process and an expedited Emergency Child Care (ECC) licensing process. ELD stopped accepting applications for both ECCs and EBCs in June 2021.

On September 1, 2021, Governor Brown issued Executive Order 21-31, “extending emergency regulatory flexibility for childcare licensing” noting that “Oregon is currently in the midst of a surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19” which “has placed an extreme strain on our healthcare system.” The Executive Order allows ELD to authorize and approve through December 31, 2021 new Temporary Unlicensed ECCs and an extension of the EBC. To implement the Executive Order, ELD issued an updated temporary order. This order authorizes the establishment of new Temporary Unlicensed ECCs for hospitals and hospital staff, extends the effective period of the EBC, and allows for new EBC applications in certain circumstances.

ELD will continue to notify child care providers of any updates. If you have any questions, please contact your licensing specialist, email, or call 503-947-1400 or 1-800-556-6616.


EBC approvals are effective until September 30, 2021. EBC approvals may be extended to remain effective through December 31, 2021 if the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Child Care approves a new waiver of federal background check requirements. Individuals who currently have an EBC approval may work in licensed child care, subject to all applicable requirements and limitations, until the EBC approvals are no longer effective. ELD will update individuals with EBC approvals and providers when additional information is available.

Applications for new EBC approvals will be accepted only from individuals currently volunteering, employed, or associated with a Temporary Unlicensed ECC or individuals seeking to volunteer or be employed or associated with a Temporary Unlicensed ECC. The EBC application is available here.


ELD is now accepting applications for new Temporary Unlicensed ECCs only from the following:

  • Programs where care is occurring on the premises of hospitals and other health care facilities providing inpatient treatment for COVID-19, or
  • Programs that would serve only employees of hospitals and impatient COVID-19 treatment facilities, if there a demonstrated lack of child care capacity in the proposed service area.

The ECC application is available here. Please contact Kelly Scales at if you have questions.

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. NOTE: The Dashboard has not been updated since June 30, 2021, when ECC operations ended.

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.

During the state of emergency, the ECC Dashboard helped 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.

In addition, the ELD and CELYD gathered data on trends since Emergency Child Care operations began.

Dashboard Tables

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

Dashboard Definitions

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.