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  • Four weeks: Oregon Early Learning Division becomes Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) on July 1
    Four weeks: Oregon Early Learning Division becomes Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) on July 1

    Oregon’s child care systems are coming together under the new Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) starting July 1, 2023. Over the next few years, DELC will create more efficient systems to help families access child care, and better serve children across the state. “This transition is years in the making, and it’s really […]

  • Public funding helped to increase available child care slots in Oregon
    Public funding helped to increase available child care slots in Oregon

    What is a child care desert? A child care desert is an area where at least three children exist for every child care slot available. Severe deserts are defined as having at most one slot for every 10 children.  According to a new report from Oregon State University, child care slots for Oregon’s young children […]

  • A Statement From the Director About Provider Appreciation Day On May 12th
    A Statement From the Director About Provider Appreciation Day On May 12th

    This week, Oregon joins states around the country in recognizing the important work of child care providers, with Provider Appreciation Day on May 12th. We know that 95% of a child’s brain growth occurs before the age of five, and 65% of all children under the age of six have both parents in the workforce. […]

  • Oregon Early Childhood Inclusion Coaching Collaborative Announced

    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the Early Learning Division (ELD) and Oregon State University (OSU) are partnering to develop the Oregon Early Childhood Inclusion Coaching Collaborative. This collaborative is the first of its kind, focusing on early learners experiencing disabilities. It will assist regional early learning systems and early care and education professionals by […]

  • New Study Looks at the Work Environments of Center-based and Home-based Early Educators
    New Study Looks at the Work Environments of Center-based and Home-based Early Educators

    In partnership with University of California-Berkeley’s Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, the Early Learning Division commissioned a study looking at the work environments of center-based and home-based early educators. The study is part of the Supportive Environmental Quality Underlying Adult Learning (SEQUAL) series and is the first of its kind to be […]

  • ELD Tribal Affairs Director accepted into 2022-24 ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Class
    ELD Tribal Affairs Director accepted into 2022-24 ZERO TO THREE Fellowship Class

    The Division of Early Learning and Care (ELD) congratulates the ELD Tribal Affairs Director, Valeria Atanacio, for being accepted into the 2022-24 Fellowship Class with ZERO TO THREE! “ZERO TO THREE, the leading nonprofit dedicated to ensuring all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, proudly announces its 2022-24 Fellowship Class, welcoming 20 global […]

  • New Coaching Competencies Guidance for Early Learning Educators in Oregon

    How do instructional coaches help preschool teachers improve? The Early Learning Division asked colleagues at the Oregon State University’s Early Learning System Initiative (ELSI) to help answer that question. The result was new guidance addressing what coaches can do to effectively support quality teaching and learning, as shared in the new Oregon Coaching Competencies. The […]

  • More Oregon Families Now Qualify for Affordable Child Care Program

    News Release Jan. 5, 2023 Media Contact: Marion Suitor Barnes, Early Learning Division, 971-719-6461 Jake Sunderland, Oregon Department of Human Services, 503-877-0170 More Oregon Families Now Qualify for Affordable Child Care Program Non-working students among the newly eligible for the Employment Related Day Care program, efforts to increase provider capacity continue Need to know The […]

  • New Research Highlights Families’ Experiences and Recommendations for Improving Child Care and Oregon’s Early Learning System

    (Salem, Ore) – In a new study, Oregon families in three priority populations shared their experiences and insights about child care, their struggles to find high-quality, affordable care that meets their needs, and their actionable recommendations for how to improve Oregon’s early learning system. The Oregon Early Learning Division (ELD) commissioned researchers from the Center […]

  • How to Make the Most of Summer for Early Learners 

    Dr. Velvet Cooley, pictured with student Zander, says spending time outdoors is proven to have a calming effect, especially as we consider the pandemic aftermath. After two years of COVID-19 disruptions, this summer it may be more important than ever to explore the outdoors with young children. Chief Operating Officer of the Mid-Columbia Children’s Council […]