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COVID-19 Resources: For Families

Call 211 in Oregon if you can’t find the answer you need online. They can give you general COVID-19 information.

Parents or caregivers of children ages birth to five years old can also submit questions, comments, or concerns related to COVID-19 by emailing early.learning@state.or.us.

Family Resource Guide for COVID-19 Child Care Closures

Click below to download a guide for families on child care closures, provided by ODHS Self-Sufficiency Programs, other state agencies, and community-based organizations. NOTE: This document is currently being translated in other languages. Watch for updates.

Employment Related Daycare (ERDC) Assistance

The Employment-Related Day Care (ERDC) program helps eligible low-income families pay for child care while they are working. ERDC is a subsidy program, meaning eligible families still pay part of the child care cost. This amount depends on the family’s income, size, and the a​mount the child care provider charges.

ERDC assistance is available to all families at or below 85% of State Median Income (See table below). Click here to read the latest press release on the changes and here to view temporary changes.

STEP 1: Check for eligibility to Employment-Related Day Care (ERDC) assistance. ERDC assistance is available to all families at or below 85% of State Median Income (See table below). Click here to read the latest press release on the changes and here to view temporary changes.

ERDC Ongoing and Exit Income Limits

Number in ERDC Group Gross Income Limit
2 $4,012
3 $4,956
4 $5,899
5 $6,843
6 $7,787
7 $8,259
8 or more $9,192


STEP 2:
Apply for Employment-Related Day Care (ERDC) assistance. There are multiple ways to apply. Due to public health concerns during COVID-19, the Department of Human Services (DHS) encourages you to:

  1. Call 211 and connect with an operator for application information.
  2. Apply online
  3. To apply in person, call your local office or contact us by email at SSP.StatewideWorkshare@dhsoha.state.or.us to schedule a visit.
  4. Complete an application and mail to your local DHS Self Sufficiency office:
    English ERDC Application
    Spanish ERDC ApplicationIf you need assistance in a language other than English, please call 1-833-604-0877.PLEASE NOTE: Families are able to apply in a variety of languages with a 7476 application or 415F application.

Interviews for ERDC are conducted using “Language Link” if a bilingual worker is not available.

For those who do not qualify for ERDC assistance, your Emergency Child Care provider will determine the cost of tuition.

Child Care Provider COVID-19 Requirements and Recommendations

As coronavirus rates continue to decline and Oregon moves into the recovery phase of the pandemic, the Early Learning Division and Oregon Health Authority are reducing requirements for child care providers. Communicable disease management plans and exclusion and notification policies remain in place. Best practices are recommended for child care providers to ensure health and safety, but are not required and will not be monitored by the Office of Child Care for compliance. “Child Care Provider COVID-19 Requirements and Recommendations” for health and safety practices moving forward are effective June 30, 2021.

The ELD joins child care providers, families, and members of the community in taking action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Together, we can ensure healthy and safe care for our children.