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

    News Release March 24, 2020 Media Contact: Melanie Mesaros, 503-856-6040 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 […]

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

    News Release March 18, 2020 Media Contact: Melanie Mesaros, 503-856-6040 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 […]

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

      News Release March 17, 2020 Jennifer Grentz, Self-Sufficiency Programs, 503-884-9071 Melanie Mesaros, Early Learning Division, 503-856-6040 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 […]

  • Child Care Facilities Can Remain Open Through Latest Order

    News Release March 17, 2020 Media Contact: Melanie Mesaros, 503-856-6040 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 […]

  • Child Care Providers in Oregon Not Required to Close During State of Emergency

    News Release March 13, 2020 Media Contact: Melanie Mesaros, 503-856-6040 Child Care Providers in Oregon Not Required to Close During State of Emergency  (Salem, Ore) – Following Governor Brown’s statewide school closure announcement in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Early Learning Division (ELD) is not requiring child care facilities to close at this time. […]

  • Early Learning Division Extends Deadline to Access Early Learning Funding

    News Release March 13, 2020 Media Contact: Melanie Mesaros, 503-856-6040 Early Learning Division Extends Deadline to Access Early Learning Funding (Salem, Ore) – The Early Learning Division (ELD) is extending the deadline to apply for Student Success Act grants to Monday, May 4, 2020. The extension includes the four programs within the Early Learning Account: […]

  • State agencies issue COVID-19 guidance to Oregon schools and universities

    Media contacts: Allyson Hagen, 503-449-6457, allyson.hagen@dhsoha.state.or.us Marc Siegel, Oregon Dept. of Education: 971-239-7982, marc.siegel@state.or.us Endi Hartigan, Higher Education Coordinating Commission: 971-701-4032, endi.hartigan@state.or.us State agencies issue COVID-19 guidance to Oregon schools and universities Health officials recommend taking steps to prevent infection and keeping schools open  (Portland – March 8, 2020) Public health experts at the Oregon […]

  • Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Results for 2019-20

    The first few years of a child’s life are a critical time for high quality learning (Salem, Ore) – The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Early Learning Division (ELD) today jointly released results from the 2019-20 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment, which were largely unchanged from the previous year. The assessment is given each fall […]

  • Funding Opportunities Open to Expand Preschool and Early Learning Services in Oregon

    (Salem, Ore) – The Early Learning Division is now accepting applications to expand culturally specific early learning programs and infant, toddler, and preschool education programs to serve Oregon’s youngest children and families. The funds are available thanks to the Student Success Act – a historic $1 billion annual investment in Oregon education that was approved […]

  • Oregon Awarded $26.6 Million Federal Grant to Expand Preschool, Early Learning Services

    (Salem, Ore) – The Early Learning Division was awarded a $26.6 million grant by the federal Administration for Children and Families to improve and expand programs to serve Oregon children and families from birth to age five. The funds will be distributed over three years ($8.9 million annually) and focus on children from historically underserved […]