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Rulemaking Advisory Committees

Rulemaking Advisory Committees

Overview

Rulemaking Advisory Committees (RACs) are made up of community members who provide crucial guidance in the rule writing process. RAC members provide input and suggestions for rulemaking while considering equity and fiscal impacts. “Rules” are laws that participants in Oregon Early Learning Division (ELD) programs must apply and follow, such as requirements for Oregon Pre-Kindergarten program or licensed child care. Apply to join a RAC and help shape early learning programs in Oregon.

RACs meet between two and four times over the course of a month and members are provided compensation for participation. At this time, RACs are only held virtually. Listed on the right side of the page are RACs that are currently recruiting or meeting. If you see a RAC listed, but applications are closed, you can provide feedback by reaching out to the staff contact listed.    

ACCESSIBILITY

For individuals with disabilities, individuals who speak a language other than English, or individuals who need technical assistance, ELD can provide assistance. See staff contact information.

State Contact

Remember D. Watts

Early Learning Council Administrator & Rule Coordinator
O: 971.701.1535

Employer-Related Day Care and Recorded Programs
Central Background Registry Rule Advisory Committee (RAC)

Application Deadline October 7, 2022

In June of 2022, the Early Learning Council (ELC) adopted temporary rules in response to HB 4005 and SB 1547. These bills and the subsequent statutes expanded background check requirements for those working and/or living in recorded preschool, recorded school-age and ERDC programs. All staff, volunteers, household members, and those who may have unsupervised contact with children must be enrolled in the Office of Child Care’s (OCC) Central Background Registry (CBR). The ELC will review proposed permanent CBR rule language in December, 2022.

The CBR RAC is a group of community members who will provide feedback on the proposed rule language and input on the fiscal and equity effects of CBR enrollment requirements for adults working in recorded and subsidized child care programs.

If interested in participating, please complete the following application and submit by OCTOBER 7, 2022. RAC meetings will be conducted in late October and early November.   

State Contact

Abby Strom

Child Care Initiatives Analyst
O: (503) 731-4529

Fire Safety Rulemaking Advisory Committee

The Fire Safety Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) is a group of community members who help agency staff shape rule language for fire safety in family child care programs. The Early Learning Division recently passed permanent fire safety rules to serve as an alternative to the Department of Consumer Business Services sprinkler requirement.

At this time, the Fire Safety RAC is closed. Thank you to the committee members who helped craft the final rules.

  • Vanessa Brown – Certified Family in Klamath Falls, OCCPT Central Regional Director
  • Anneliese Sheahan – Certified Family Portland Metro, previous RAC experience
  • Megan Patterson – Director of Center in Mount Angel. 20+ years in the field. First RAC – 23rd year as volunteer fire fighter
  • Ruth Parra – Child care provider for 20+ years in Beaverton
  • Shelia Ward – Certified Family provider for 30 years, part of Oregon shared service alliance. First RAC.
  • Regan Gray – Child Care Policy Advisor for Family Forward
  • Kelly Scales – Policy Analyst for OCC, rules work recently
  • Remy Watts – Rule Coordinator, ELC administrator
  • Alana Cox – Building Codes Division
  • Alicia Gardiner – Acting OCC Director
  • Abby Strom – OCC Regional Manager
  • Aimee Olin – AFSCME

Questions? See staff contact information below.

State Contact

Kelly Scales

Child Care Initiatives Support Analyst
O: 971-304-4001

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC)
Rulemaking Advisory Committee

The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is a prevention-based approach to working with early care and education (ECE) programs to support young children’s social and emotional development. This approach has been shown to reduce rates of preschool suspension and expulsion. For more information about IECMHC programs, visit https://www.iecmhc.org/.

The IECMHC Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) is a group of community members who are helping agency staff shape and implement rule language for the IECMHC system, including the Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program. Members will advise on requirements for ECE programs around suspension and expulsion.

At this time, the IECMHC RAC recruitment is closed. Thank you to the committee members who are helping craft the new rules:

  • Carrie Ruggles-AbrajanParent; Saint Helens
  • Blanca Aldama-MorganAFSCME Child Care Provider; Albany
  • Leslee Barnes DirectorPreschool & Early Learning, Multnomah County; Portland
  • Micki FabianMental Health Service Coordinator, Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start; Pendleton
  • Lydia Gray-HolifieldParent; Portland
  • Jennifer HookQIS Training & Training Manager, Blue Mountain CCR&R; Umatilla, Union & Morrow Counties
  • Zakkiyya IbrahimDirector, Education Explorers; Tigard
  • Martina Jallad Quality Improvement Specialist, Washington County CCR&R; Hillsboro
  • Erin Kinavey-WennerstromExecutive Director, Oregon Infant Mental Health Association; Eugene
  • Marsha La VerneDirector, Family Development Center; Roseburg
  • Hadiyah MillerAfrican American Family Childcare Network Coordinator, Multnomah County CCR&R, Portland
  • Ashley NewsomParent; Hillsboro
  • Amber OldridgeAFSCME Child Care Provider; Grants Pass
  • Dominic PazMentor Coach & Outreach Coordinator, Center for Healthy Children & Families, Oregon State University; Portland
  • Lauren SigmanEarly Learning Coordinator, Linn-Benton-Lincoln Early Learning Hub; Newport
  • Molly WilliamsonExecutive Director, FACT Oregon; Portland

Questions? See staff contact information below.

State Contact

Remember D. Watts

Early Learning Council Administrator & Rule Coordinator
O: 971.701.1535

KPI Rulemaking Advisory Committee

The KPI Rulemaking Advisory Committee is a group of community members who will help agency staff shape and implement rule language for KPI programming.

The Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership & Innovation program invests in promising models for connecting early learning and K-3 education across the state, and promotes community and school partnerships that result in measurable increases in children’s readiness for kindergarten.

At this time, the Kindergarten Readiness Partnership & Innovation Rulemaking Advisory Committee recruitment is closed. Thank you for your interest.

Questions? See staff contact information below.

State Contact

Remember D. Watts

Early Learning Council Administrator & Rule Coordinator
O: 971.701.1535

School-Age Child Care Rulemaking Advisory Committee

The School-Age Child Care Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) is a group of community members who help agency staff shape and implement rule language for school-age child care programs. This type of care is also known as out-of-school-time (OST) care and before- and afterschool care programs.

At this time, the School-Age Child Care RAC recruitment is closed. Thank you to the committee members who are helping craft the new rules:

  • Ashley Thrasher
  • Candice Henkin
  • Kristy Heitling
  • Amy Harboldt
  • Beth Unverzagt
  • Regan Gray
  • Caitlin Calip
  • Holly Kriz Anderson
  • Darcie Torres
  • Serena Gillson
  • Amanda Fly
  • Marcus Vela
  • Nayeli Samaniego
  • Jon Myers

Questions? See staff contact information below.

State Contact

Kelly Scales

Child Care Initiatives Support Analyst
O: 971-304-4001
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (RAC)

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC)
Rulemaking Advisory Committee

The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is a prevention-based approach to working with early care and education (ECE) programs to support young children’s social and emotional development. This approach has been shown to reduce rates of preschool suspension and expulsion. For more information about IECMHC programs, visit https://www.iecmhc.org/.

The IECMHC Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) is a group of community members who will help agency staff shape and implement rule language for the IECMHC system, including the Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program. Members will advise on requirements for ECE programs around suspension and expulsion. Apply today and help build an anti-racist, equity-focused IECMHC system.

We are seeking diverse voices to represent groups within Oregon’s Early Learning system. Committee members may include:

  • Parents and families of young children who have experienced suspension and expulsion
  • Parents and families of young children experiencing intellectual or developmental disabilities and/or long-term special health care needs
  • Representatives from advocacy organizations
  • Representatives from culturally specific, community-based organizations
  • Early Learning Hub representatives
  • Child Care Resource & Referral representatives
  • ECE program representatives
  • Tribal Nations representatives

Participants will be reimbursed for their time dedicated to this RAC and will positively impact Oregon’s children, families, early learning programs, and communities. RAC meetings will begin the week of April 25, 2022. RAC meetings will be virtual, with a minimum of two meetings required for members.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 8, 2022

To apply, complete the RAC application form below and email it to remy.watts@ode.oregon.gov or mail a hardcopy to: Rules Advisory Committees C/O ELD, 700 Summer St NE Suite #350, Salem, OR 97301.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation RAC
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Baby Promise Rulemaking Advisory Committee

The Baby Promise Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) is a group of community members who will help agency staff shape and implement rule language for new Baby Promise programming.

Baby Promise is a publicly funded program offering free, high-quality early care and education for infants and toddlers from low-income families in Oregon.

At this time, the Baby Promise Rulemaking Advisory Committee recruitment is closed. Thank you for your interest in the Baby Promise RAC.

KPI Rulemaking Advisory Committee
Fire Safety Rulemaking Advisory Committee

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

Fire Safety Rulemaking Advisory Committee

The Fire Safety Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) is a group of community members who help agency staff shape rule language for fire safety in family child care programs. The Early Learning Division recently passed temporary fire safety rules to serve as an alternative to the Department of Consumer Business Services sprinkler requirement.

If you are a licensed family child care provider, please consider applying to join this RAC. We are seeking diverse voices to serve on this committee including the following:

  • People from culturally specific organizations
  • Licensed family child care providers
  • Fire safety experts
  • Child Care Resource & Referral representatives
  • Parents/caregivers of children attending a family child care

Participants will be reimbursed for their time dedicated to this RAC and will positively impact child care across Oregon.

WHEN AND WHERE:
The meetings will be virtual, with a minimum of one meeting, possibly two required for participants.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 11, 2022

To apply, complete the RAC application form below and email it to Kelly Scales.

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School-Age Rulemaking Advisory Committee

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

School-Age Child Care Rulemaking Advisory Committee

The School-Age Child Care Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) is a group of community members who help agency staff shape and implement rule language for school-age child care programs. This type of care is also known as out-of-school-time (OST) care and before- and afterschool care programs.

If you are connected to school-age child care programs, please consider applying to join this RAC. We are seeking diverse voices to serve on this committee:

  • People from culturally specific organizations providing (or interested in providing) school-age programming
  • School-age program educators
  • Child Care Resource & Referral representatives
  • Tribal Nations representatives
  • OST organization representatives
  • Parents of school-age children

Participants will be reimbursed for their time dedicated to this RAC and will positively impact child care across Oregon.

WHEN AND WHERE:
The meetings will be virtual, with a minimum of four meetings required for participants.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 18, 2022

To apply, complete the RAC application form below and email it to Kelly Scales.

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