Q: Can my child receive care from an Emergency Child Care (ECC) facility?
Yes, essential workers should still be given priority but as Oregon reopens other families will need care to return to work. Providers have flexibility to serve more families with the phased reopening.
Q: Who is considered an “Essential Worker”?
Click here for guidance on how to determine if you are an Essential Worker. 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.
Q: How do I sign up for Emergency Child Care?
STEP 1: Check for eligibility to Employment Related Daycare (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
|8 or more
STEP 2: If you qualify for ERDC assistance, enroll by contacting your local DHS field office or visiting the DHS website to fill out their form. For those who qualify, there is no cost for Emergency Child Care. For those you do not qualify for ERDC assistance, your Emergency Child Care provider will determine the cost of tuition.
STEP 3: To receive a customized referral to emergency child care programs contact 211info by:
- Calling 211. Listen to the prompt for Child Care and press the specified number.
- Texting the keyword “children” or “niños” to 898211 (TXT211).
- Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Click here to visit the website.
HOURS: Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
From the referral list, you can choose the Emergency Child Care program that best suits your needs.