Why are we creating the department of early learning and care?
Simply put, House Bill 3073 requires this change. But, the real answer is that creation of DELC allows us to expand and strengthen early learning systems to better serve Oregon’s children and families. The agency aims to deliver a unified early education and child care system in diverse settings.
What is House Bill 3073?
The Oregon Legislature passed HB 3073 in 2021, which included the establishment of the new early learning agency, named the Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC). The bill calls for DELC to be established on January 1, 2023 (later moved to July 1, 2023). It also directs movement of the Employment Related Day Care program (ERDC), currently housed in the Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS), to DELC by July 1, 2023.
Why is DELC the better option?
Bringing these five groups into one agency lets us: