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

– Updated October 7, 2021

As COVID-19 cases increase in Oregon due to the Delta variant, the Early Learning Division and Oregon Health Authority are updating requirements for child care providers. The changes are effective immediately. The update includes statewide protocols such as indoor and outdoor mask requirements, along with the school-based vaccine requirement for all teachers, educators, support staff, and volunteers in K-12 schools to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. This requirement applies to early learning and child care programs located in K-12 school settings.

October Provider Information Sessions

Join the Early Learning Division (ELD) in October to learn more:

  • ELD Check-in on COVID-19 Resources and Current Policies
  • Review Child Care Stabilization Grant Application Process and Resources
  • Learn about Oregon Department of Human Services’ Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) Eligibility, Co-Pay Structure, and Policy Updates

Wednesday, October 27 | 6 – 7 p.m.
All provider types. (Interpretation available – please make your language request by October 25, 2021 via registration form)

Thursday, October 28 | 6 – 7 p.m.
Spanish language. (All provider types)

This is a virtual event. Registration is required. There is a capacity limit for these calls and registration may not guarantee access via Zoom, especially for the October 27 session. If capacity is full, you may need to participate using ELD’s live stream on Facebook. Questions can be shared on the comments section.

SAVE THE DATE: Our next provider information session will be held December 1 and 2, 2021.



September 29, 2021  |  English version with ASL interpretation
Slides in English  |  Slides in Russian

September 30, 2021  |  Spanish version
Slides in Spanish

PPE Supplies Available for Child Care Providers

Early Learning Division (ELD) is offering child care providers free personal protective equipment during the pandemic. Eligibility requirements can be found on the supply order form.

The ELD is fulfilling orders at no charge until resources are depleted. Order size will depend on provider type and child care capacity. Care packages include masks (adult and child sizes), gloves, disinfectant wipes, and baby wipes. Supplies ordered from the website are not for resale, which is prohibited under any circumstances. Unneeded supplies can be donated to other child care providers, small businesses, nonprofits, restaurants or other eligible businesses in your community.

Schools and School-Based Programs Vaccination Requirement

The “COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Teachers and School Staff” rule (OAR) 333-019-1030) applies to early learning and child care programs in school settings. It does not apply to programs that are not located in a school setting.

Child care, preschool and recorded programs operating in schools, meaning public, private, parochial, charter or alternative educational programs offering kindergarten through grade 12 or any part thereof, are covered by the rule.

The Oregon Health Authority has published Frequently Asked Questions about the rule and medical and religious exception forms for OAR 333-019-1030 (these links download Word forms). Questions for “Child Care Settings” are included in this document.

Some Child Care Providers are Eligible for the Vaccine Booster

Child care providers who were prioritized to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in late January 2021 and received the Pfizer vaccine at least 6 months ago are now eligible for a booster.

Learn more about boosters on the Oregon Health Authority website by clicking here.

Read Governor’s Brown September 28, 2021 update about eligibility for vaccine boosters by clicking here.

Statewide Outdoor Mask Requirement Effective August 27

Child care programs will continue to follow existing Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance and will not be required to wear masks outdoors in regards to the Governor Brown’s outdoor mask requirement. Children under five (5) or children in 0 to 5 preschool programs, particularly classrooms with 3- to 5-year-olds, will not have to wear a face covering indoors or outdoors. Adults are required to wear a face covering indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate Effective August 13

With a recent increase in COVID-19 cases due the Delta variant and hospitalizations in Oregon, Governor Kate Brown announced on August 11 a statewide indoor mask mandate will be effective Friday, August 13. This mandate requires all Oregonians ages 5 and up to wear face coverings in all indoor public places regardless of vaccination status.

Following this mandate, face coverings are required for all children ages 5 and up, staff members, and other adults (including parents and family members) while indoors at child care facilities starting August 13. The Early Learning Division and Oregon Health Authority will release updated guidance to reflect this new mandate. Together, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19.

*UPDATE* Following the governor’s indoor mask requirement for indoor face coverings, ELD has received additional clarity that child care programs will only need to implement this face covering requirement for school-age care beginning at kindergarten. This means that children in 0 to 5 preschool programs, particularly classrooms with 3- to 5-year-olds, will not have to wear a face covering. If a child is attending kindergarten (or other grade levels), they are required to wear a mask. Note: The federal law requiring face coverings on public transportation, including school buses, applies to children two and up.

If you have questions, please contact your licensing specialist or email us at

Temporary Rules
  • Temporary Changes September 2, 2021
Emergency Background Checks

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, or call 503-947-1400 or 1-800-556-6616.


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 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.

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
  • Local Public Health Authority Numbers in Oregon
  • 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
ECC Substitute Referral Request

Child Care substitutes are vital to maintaining our early learning workforce and at this time, our substitute referral tool is not active. We look forward to launching a new subsidized substitute system in the near future. The Center on Early Learning and Youth Development (CELYD), in partnership with the Early Learning Division (ELD), is committed to supporting child care programs and early educators throughout Oregon.

Visit for an archive of all documents from the emergency COVID response period.