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  • Early Learning Division Response to State Audit on Background Check Process

    (Salem, Ore) – The Secretary of State (SOS) released an audit today that identifies some areas where the Early Learning Division (ELD) can work to strengthen safety for children and background check processes for child care providers. The audit was initiated in part because of an awareness by the Governor’s Office and the ELD that […]

  • Early Learning Division Announces Emergency Child Care Grant Program

    (Salem, Ore.) – Today, the Early Learning Division (ELD) is releasing details of an Emergency Child Care grant program to assist open child care providers during the COVID-19 crisis. The grant program uses resources allocated to Oregon through the federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act and other Child Care and Development Block Grant funds. […]

  • Managing stress, supporting children during the COVID-19 outbreak

      No matter what scenario your family is living with, the COVID-19 outbreak has presented challenges and added stressors for parents and caretakers. According to Oregon State University Assistant Professor of Practice & Parenting Education Specialist Shauna Tominey, stress comes out in different ways for children and adults. Children can pick up on the feelings […]

  • Oregon’s Governor Extends Emergency Child Care Order with Stay Home, Save Lives Order

    (Salem, Ore.) – Governor Kate Brown today issued Executive Order 20-19, aligning the effective date of her emergency child care directives with other social distancing orders. The order maintains the closure of licensed child care facilities unless approved to provide Emergency Child Care, and it remains in effect until lifted by the Governor. Only child […]

  • How to Support Your Kids through COVID-19

    This article was originally published by My Oregon News on April 20, 2020. By Melanie Mesaros Early learning experts tackle questions from families of school-aged children and younger on managing stress during COVID-19 outbreak OREGON – Families may be juggling a number of different scenarios during the COVID-19 outbreak. We compiled some information for parents […]

  • How to Find Emergency Child Care in Oregon

    This article was originally published by My Oregon News on April 10, 2020. By Melanie Mesaros Oregon has the ability to serve approximately 10,000 children; learn who can access child care OREGON – While licensed child care is closed in Oregon, Emergency Child Care is available for those who must continue to leave their homes […]

  • Early Learning Division Supports Emergency Child Care Programs in Response to COVID-19

    (Salem, Ore) – As part of Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-12, child care providers have been ordered to close unless they are providing emergency child care. While the executive order was issued to ensure the safety and health of Oregonians, the governor and the Early Learning Division (ELD) recognize that child care is an […]

  • Early Learning Division Announces Temporary Changes to Child Care Rules in Response to COVID-19

    (Salem, Ore) – The Early Learning Division (ELD) is announcing new guidance and temporary changes to support child care providers serving families who provide health, safety, and other essential services to their communities during the coronavirus public health emergency. Authorized under Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s Executive Order 20-08 issued on March 17, 2020, the changes […]

  • Oregon expands child care benefits to support families and providers during spread of COVID-19

    Salem, OR — To support Oregon’s working families dealing with the spread of COVID-19, Governor Brown directed the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Early Learning Division to make changes to child care benefits. The temporary changes, which are effective immediately, will help more low-income, working families access child care and help providers stay […]

  • Child Care Facilities Can Remain Open Through Latest Order

    (Salem, Ore) – Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced new social distancing orders on March 16, 2020 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which include canceling events and gatherings larger than 25 people. This limit does not apply to child care facilities, which can remain open at this time. “Child care workers are essential to […]