Baby Promise: Infant-Toddler Quality and Supply Building Pilot
Oregon is experiencing a true crisis in infant and toddler child care. The state lacks a supply of quality child care options for our youngest children. There are many barriers that Oregon families experience such as: long wait lists, limited choices of providers and few that meet families’ needs or expectations, and costs of care that rival the cost of college tuition.
To complement the quality strategies that exist in communities currently, to stabilize and increase quality of existing care, and to help expand family choice, the Early Learning Division is piloting a set of supply and quality building strategies. The infant-toddler quality initiative will utilize Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds to provide an opportunity for Oregon to launch a pilot of quality infant-toddler early education programs. This infant-toddler initiative is targeted to serve low-income families in communities struggling to find and keep high quality care for infants and toddlers.
The pilot is to develop and refine strategies that build a supply of infant and toddler care.