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COVID-19 Recovery Resources: For Providers

ELD created the resource “What’s New: Child Care Updates” for providers to track important updates. Click below.

Child Care Provider COVID-19 Requirements and Recommendations
June 25, 2021

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.

Temporary Rules
June 25, 2021

On June 24, 2021, the Early Learning Council approved temporary rules for licensed programs to allow continued use of hand sanitizer in certain circumstances, expanded use of Aide 2 staff, as well as transition time for online CPR training to meet licensing requirements.

  • Temporary Changes to Child Care Rules in Response to COVID-19 State of Emergency – Amended June 30, 2021

Oregon is now focused on COVID-19 recovery. Visit https://oregonearlylearning.com/Archive-COVID-19-Resources for an archive of all documents from the emergency response period. 

COVID-19 Transition Updates for Child Care Providers | June 22, 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. ECC is defined in Executive Order 20-19.

As COVID-19 rates continue to drop, we are entering a new chapter of the pandemic. Oregon is now transitioning from emergency response to focus on COVID-19 recovery. ECC facilities, including Temporary Unlicensed ECC, may remain open and individuals with EBC approval may remain employed beyond June 28, 2021.

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

EMERGENCY BACKGROUND CHECKS

On June 7, 2021, ELD paused accepting Emergency Background Check (EBC) applications. No new EBC applications will be accepted as ELD resumes the typical Central Background Registry (CBR) enrollment processes. However, individuals with EBC approval may continue employment in child care beyond June 28, 2021 while they apply for enrollment in the Central Background Registry (CBR).

After August 31, 2021, individuals must be conditionally or actively enrolled in the CBR in order to be employed at a licensed child care program. The CBR enrollment process can be lengthy, and we encourage individuals to submit their CBR applications as soon as possible to avoid delays. Click here for more information on the requirements for enrolling in the Central Background Registry.

In order to enroll in the CBR you can apply online or download an application at https://oregonearlylearning.com/providers-educators/providers-educatorscbr/. The application is available in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and Chinese. Please contact us with questions at 503-947-1400 or 1-800-556-6616

EMERGENCY CHILD CARE APPLICATIONS

On June 7, 2021, ELD paused accepting applications to operate an Emergency Child Care (ECC) facility. No new ECC facility applications will be accepted as ELD prepares to return to the agency’s standard licensing process, as required by Oregon law. However, ECC facilities, including Temporary Unlicensed ECC, may continue operating beyond June 28, 2021 while considering potential next steps.

This will affect operations for licensed, recorded, and temporary unlicensed ECC facilities in different ways. Please see details below:

Licensed child care including Certified Center, Certified Family, and Registered Family Child Care:

  • In the coming days, the ELD will be publishing advisory guidance for health and safety practices moving forward. This guidance will be recommended, not required, and will not be subject to oversight by the Office of Child Care (OCC). Existing COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines will no longer be in effect when this new advisory guidance is issued.
  • The ELD will be working with the Early Learning Council on June 24, 2021 to approve temporary rules for licensed programs that would allow continued use of hand sanitizer in certain circumstances, expanded use of Aide 2 staff, as well as allowing a transition time for online CPR training to meet licensing requirements.
  • The requirement for a licensed program to be approved as an ECC facility will end shortly after June 28, 2021.
  • As of June 29, 2021, any licensed program with an active license, that was not previously approved to operate as an ECC facility, will be permitted to operate.

Temporary Unlicensed ECC:

  • Temporary Unlicensed ECC facilities should expect to end operations as of August 31, 2021.
  • On June 7, 2021, ELD paused accepting Temporary Unlicensed ECC applications. No new Temporary Unlicensed ECC applications will be accepted as we prepare to resume licensing processes on June 29, 2021.
  • The ELD will publish advisory guidance for health and safety practices moving forward. This guidance is recommended, not required, and will not be subject to OCC oversight.
  • Programs must continue to operate within the health and safety standards outlined in the Temporary Unlicensed Emergency Child Care checklist.
  • The chart included in the June 22 letter below provides specific guidance on how to prepare for this transition.

Recorded Programs approved as ECC and operating in their recorded program capacity:

  • The requirement to be approved as an ECC facility will end on June 28, 2021.
  • The ELD will publish advisory guidance for health and safety practices moving forward. This guidance is recommended and not subject to OCC oversight.

The ELD will contact existing ECC facilities regarding potential next steps and considerations moving forward. If you have any questions regarding applications, please email OCC.CustomerService@state.or.us.

Child Care Nurse Hotline

The Early Learning Division is partnering with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to support child care providers in Oregon with a COVID-19 nurse hotline at no cost. The number, 1-833-647-8222, is now available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Child care providers can access the toll-free hotline for assistance with:

  • Symptoms or health concerns that are concerning to them or staff
  • Questions about excluding children and staff
  • Steps to take if someone is positive for COVID-19

The hotline is a resource reserved for child care providers and staff. It is not intended for families. Language assistance is also available. See the below flyer for details on this service.

Click here to view the news release.

Guidance and Resources for Child Care Providers
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  • Online CPR and First Aid Courses during COVID-19 – Updated November 2, 2020
  • Oregon Child Care Provider Relief Guide

Exclusion Rule

Guidance for License Exempt Providers
Emergency Supplies For Providers

Ordering supplies on the state’s website closed on July 16, 2021.

These supplies were designed to assist providers meet the Health and Safety Guidelines for Child Care and Early Education Operating During COVID-19 outlined by the Office of Child Care to ensure your safety and the safety of children and families in your care.

ECC Substitute Referral Request

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 ccrr@wou.edu 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.