Infant Toddler State Self-Assessment
Oregon’s Infant Toddler State Self-Assessment
Beginning in early 2017, the Early Learning Division (ELD) of the Oregon Department of Education had an opportunity to examine the state of Oregon’s infant and toddler system using ZERO TO THREE’s Infants and Toddlers in the Policy Picture: A Self-Assessment Toolkit for States (Self-Assessment Toolkit). To complete the assessment, the ELD worked with a broad group of state agency and community-based partners, convening a cross-sector work group to guide the assessment process.
The first work phase of Oregon’s Infant Toddler Self-Assessment process was to gather existing data on state demographics, services and policies to complete the Toolkit template. The Self-Assessment Toolkit draws from research on effective policies and best practices and is organized into three domains: Good Health, Strong Families, and Positive Early Learning Experiences. While the toolkit focuses exclusively on the role of state-level policy, investments, and aligned systems, Oregon’s workgroup recognized and included other institutions and funding sources, including community-based organizations, philanthropic organizations and advocacy organizations to complete the scan of Oregon’s infant toddler system. Examples of federal and privately funded initiatives can be found in the tool.
The completed Oregon version of ZERO to THREE’s Infants and Toddlers in the Policy Picture: A Toolkit, the Phase I product from the Oregon Infant Toddler State Self- Assessment can be viewed in the tab “Oregon’s Toolkit”.
The second phase of the Infant Toddler Assessment process was a community engagement process in which the work group sought input from the following sources to help paint the picture of Oregon’s infant toddler system landscape:
- Parents of 0-3 year-olds were surveyed (in English and Spanish) about their experiences accessing resources (901 respondents). The survey was posted online in January – February 2018. Parents were recruited for the survey through the Early Learning Hub networks and outreach to programs serving infants, toddlers and their families, as well as state agency websites and Facebook pages.
- Parents of 0-3 year-olds participated in ten listening sessions held throughout Oregon with targeted efforts to reach communities furthest from opportunity. Conveners for listening sessions were recruited through Early Learning Hub networks with outreach to organizations serving families furthest from opportunity. Listening sessions were held in Douglas, Lane, Malheur, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill Counties.
- Infant toddler stakeholders and system partners were surveyed (in English and Spanish) about the opportunities and challenges of aligning and coordinating an early childhood system that supports infants and toddlers (472 respondents). The majority of responses came from the early learning, health, K-12, Early Intervention, parent support and human services sectors.
A Summary Report of Phase II of the Infant Toddler State Self-Assessment is forthcoming, pending completion of analysis on the data collected. The Summary Report will include a description of survey methodology, information on the data collected, and analysis of the data. We look forward to sharing the Summary Report, along with the analysis of the feedback collected, when it is completed.