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.
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.
Following Oregon Governor Brown’s announcement and the Statewide Standards for Child Care released on May 13, providers must continue to prioritize care for essential workers and may also serve families who return to work in phased reopening.
To receive a customized referral to emergency child care programs contact 211info by:
The following groups may provide emergency child care for families during this public health crisis:
- Licensed Child Care Providers– Many current licensed providers are reserving slots for children of Essential Workers. Families can contact 211info to access this child care. For more information, check out the “Emergency Child Care Toolkit for Currently Licensed Providers” below.
- Public Schools– Public schools are currently working to provide child care to Essential Health Workers. Workers will receive a referral from their employer to access this care. For more information, check out the “Emergency Child Care Toolkit for School Districts” below. Corresponding to the end of the school year, school-based Emergency Child Care must end no later than June 30, 2020, unless the school provided child care prior to the state of emergency. For more information, click here.
- Emergency Child Care Sponsored by Employers or Other Entities– With approval from the Office of Child Care, experienced providers may open additional sites for emergency child care. For more information, check out the “Emergency Child Care Toolkit for Temporary Emergency Child Care Facilities” below. The Early Learning Division is not currently accepting applications for for non-licensed, temporary Emergency Child Care (“pop-up”) facilities unless they can demonstrate a community need.
Existing child care providers and public schools will be staffed by current employees and/or temporary staff and substitutes who have been vetted through a background check process and child care training. For emergency child care sites sponsored by employers or other entities, we are prioritizing staff structures with experienced child care staff from licensed providers that are currently closed, along with new or additional staff who are required to pass background checks and participate in training.
The Center on Early Learning and Youth Development (CELYD) in partnership with the Early Learning Division (ELD) is committed to supporting our Emergency Child Care Facilities that have chosen to remain open by providing referrals for Emergency Child Care substitutes.
Emergency Child Care substitutes are individuals who have worked in early learning and have signed up to provide care in approved Emergency Child Care Facilities through an online process. Substitutes have been screened for the following:
- Current Central Background Registry clearance or Emergency Background Check clearance
- Current CPR/First Aid or the online CPR/First Aid
- Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
- Introduction to Child Care Health and Safety
- Safe Sleep for Oregon’s Infants (if applicable)
If you would like to receive referrals to Emergency Child Care Substitutes, please complete the form below.
You can also contact Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-342-6712. NOTE: This is not a recommendation. It is a referral to available people. It is your responsibility to decide if they are an appropriate match for your facility and Emergency Child Care services.
The Early Learning Division is actively recruiting child care substitutes. These caregivers would provide care in a child’s home or emergency child care facility to support Oregon’s medical personnel, emergency responders and other essential staff needed to work during this public health crisis.
If you are not currently working in child care, but are willing to be mobilized to serve your community during this time, you can apply to be a substitute. The ELD will work closely to match you with the location, setting and schedule that most aligns with your preferences.
Emergency child care will be provided in the following settings:
- In a licensed home or child care center that is open for business during this emergency
- In a school that is providing emergency child care and is registered with the Office of Child Care in the ELD
- If you indicate it is allowable, we will also provide your name to medical personnel, emergency responders or other essential staff that are interested in someone providing care in their home
The program or individual you are matched with will be responsible for paying you. If you have questions, please contact the CCR&R helpline by email at email@example.com or call 1-800-342-6712 for assistance.
At this time, many of the programs offering emergency child care slots are licensed child care providers. Public schools do not require child care licensure. Providers opening new emergency child care sponsored by employers or other entities must be experienced and participate in an expedited licensure process with the Office of Child Care.
The resources and toolkits below support emergency child care providers with:
- Setting up healthy and safe child care environments for children of all ages (0-12)
- Special considerations for set-up and operation related to COVID-19
- Staffing suggestions and structures
As with all resources related to COVID-19, guidance will be updated as new information becomes available.
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.