House Bill 3073:
New Department of Early Learning and Care
Governor Brown remains committed to supporting a strong early learning and child care system in Oregon that promotes racial justice for our providers, children, and families. This includes supporting House Bill (HB) 3073, which elevates early learning and child care by establishing the Early Learning Division as a standalone agency. HB 3073, which is sponsored by Representatives Power, Zika, Alonso Leon, Neron, and Senator Taylor, establishes the new Department of Early Learning and Care to:
- Support children and families to access affordable, high-quality early learning and child care;
- Ensure a strong, robust mixed-delivery system that includes family, friend, and neighbor care; family child care; center-based care, Head Start, school-age care partners, and K12 partners; and
- Operate strong, efficient, and responsive programs, such as child care licensing,
professional development, and publicly funded programs, including ELD’s existing programs, as well as child care subsidy programs (e.g., Employment Related Day Care (ERDC).
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