The Early Learning Division administers funds for four special population programs to provide child care subsidies and supplemental funding through child care providers, school districts, local agencies and nonprofit organizations.
The Teen Parent Program provides child care subsidies to school districts for teen parents. The schools must have a certified child care center on site to receive funding or apply for start-up funding to establish and operate a center. Being a teen parent is not easy and very often the young parent have no stable residence, income, guidance or support for themselves or for their young child. The subsidy helps teen parents complete their high school education while providing their children with a safe and nurturing environment at an on-site child care facility.
The Alcohol and Drug Program subsidizes child care for parents who are admitted to rehabilitative programs to overcome substance abuse and addictions. Having their children in a safe environment nearby and being able to interact with their children during the rehabilitation process has a strong influence on the success of their rehabilitation. The child care subsidy in this program also helps parents learn how to connect and care for their children, allowing them to maintain close family relationships and rebuild broken relationships.
The Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers Program provides child care subsidies to families who migrate or relocate temporarily for agricultural work. When it is time to gather crops, the farms need many hands in a very short period of time. The families who are willing to relocate to work long and hard hours on Oregon fields often lack resources to get adequate care for their children. To make sure these children are not left alone during the day in temporary housing at the farm, this program provides child care subsidies, often in collaboration with Head Start programs, to families around the state.
The Inclusive Child Care Program supports access to child care and inclusive child care opportunities for children with diverse abilities and needs. The program provides supplemental funding, professional support and accommodations for child care, training, consultations and information sharing.
For more information about these programs, please contact Roman Kultajev.