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  • Governor Kate Brown Appoints Alyssa Chatterjee as Director of the Early Learning Division

    *News Release by the Governor’s Office. Click here for media contact.*  Chatterjee has been the acting director of the Early Learning Division since May 1, 2021 Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she has appointed Alyssa Chatterjee as the Director of the Early Learning Division (ELD). In this role, Chatterjee will lead the agency […]

  • New Report Shows How COVID-19 Heightened Challenges for Child Care Providers

    Early Care and Education Workforce Struggles with Inequities in Unemployment (Salem, Ore) – New research shows the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Oregon’s child care and early care and education programs’ ability to remain open and serve families. The Oregon Early Learning Division (ELD) commissioned Portland State University and OSLC Developments, Inc. to conduct this research. The […]

  • Pre-pandemic, Oregon child care was already scarce, new OSU report says

    *News Release by the Oregon State University. Click here for media contact.* CORVALLIS, Ore. — A new report from Oregon State University shows that as of March 2020, all 36 counties in Oregon qualify as child care “deserts” for infants and toddlers — meaning that there are at least three children under the age of 2 […]

  • Partner Letter: April 14, 2021

    Dear ELD partner, I wanted to reach out to let you know that my time at the Early Learning Division (ELD) will be coming to a close at the end of April. I have accepted a position with the Biden-Harris Administration to work on early childhood policy. As announced earlier this week, Alyssa Chatterjee will […]

  • New Research Illustrates Importance of Child Care for Oregon Families

    Majority of Families in Oregon Experienced Child Care Disruptions Due to COVID-19 (Salem, Ore) – Results of new research commissioned by the Early Learning Division (ELD) and conducted by Portland State University and OSLC Developments, Inc. illustrate the critical importance of accessible child care for Oregon families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reports document the […]

  • Safe Summer Learning for Oregon Families

    The Early Learning Division values and supports access to safe, affordable summer learning activities for Oregon’s children, youth, and families. Through a partnership with the Oregon Alliance of YMCAs, the state will distribute $10 million in funds to 165 grantees who provide youth overnight and day camp during the COVID-19 crisis. These funds will be critical […]

  • Governor Brown Names Alyssa Chatterjee Acting Director of the Early Learning Division

    *News Release by the Governor’s Office. Click here for media contact.* Early Learning System Director Miriam Calderon to take position with Biden-Harris administration (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she is naming Alyssa Chatterjee as the Acting Director of the Early Learning Division (ELD) of the Oregon Department of Education, effective May […]

  • Nurse Hotline Available to Assist Oregon Child Care Providers During COVID-19

    (Salem, Ore) – The Early Learning Division is partnering with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to support Oregon child care providers with a COVID-19 nurse hotline. The number, 1-833-647-8222, will be 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 […]

  • Raise Up Oregon Progress Report for 2019-2020 Released

    (Salem, Ore.) – Today, the Early Learning Council released a new report offering an update on the progress of Raise Up Oregon, the state’s five-year strategic early learning system plan. The Progress Report showcases advances across five state agencies between January 2019 and September 2020 on the three system goals: Children arrive ready for kindergarten […]

  • Governor Brown Announces Free Masks and Gloves for Small Businesses

    Today Governor Brown announced a new program to provide masks and gloves to small business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor, in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of protective supplies. The state of Oregon is fulfilling orders at […]