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  • New Research Illustrates Importance of Child Care for Oregon Families

    Majority of Families in Oregon Experienced Child Care Disruptions Due to COVID-19 (Salem, Ore) – Results of new research commissioned by the Early Learning Division (ELD) and conducted by Portland State University and OSLC Developments, Inc. illustrate the critical importance of accessible child care for Oregon families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reports document the […]

  • Safe Summer Learning for Oregon Families

    The Early Learning Division values and supports access to safe, affordable summer learning activities for Oregon’s children, youth, and families. Through a partnership with the Oregon Alliance of YMCAs, the state will distribute $10 million in funds to 165 grantees who provide youth overnight and day camp during the COVID-19 crisis. These funds will be critical […]

  • Governor Brown Names Alyssa Chatterjee Acting Director of the Early Learning Division

    *News Release by the Governor’s Office. Click here for media contact.* Early Learning System Director Miriam Calderon to take position with Biden-Harris administration (Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown today announced that she is naming Alyssa Chatterjee as the Acting Director of the Early Learning Division (ELD) of the Oregon Department of Education, effective May […]

  • Nurse Hotline Available to Assist Oregon Child Care Providers During COVID-19

    (Salem, Ore) – The Early Learning Division is partnering with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to support Oregon child care providers with a COVID-19 nurse hotline. The number, 1-833-647-8222, will be available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Child care providers can access the toll-free hotline for assistance with: Symptoms […]

  • Raise Up Oregon Progress Report for 2019-2020 Released

    (Salem, Ore.) – Today, the Early Learning Council released a new report offering an update on the progress of Raise Up Oregon, the state’s five-year strategic early learning system plan. The Progress Report showcases advances across five state agencies between January 2019 and September 2020 on the three system goals: Children arrive ready for kindergarten […]

  • Governor Brown Announces Free Masks and Gloves for Small Businesses

    Today Governor Brown announced a new program to provide masks and gloves to small business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor, in partnership with the Oregon Legislature’s Emergency Board, allocated $10 million from the federal CARES Act funding for the purchase of protective supplies. The state of Oregon is fulfilling orders at […]

  • State urges families to prioritize safety to enable school reopening

    (Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Early Learning Division (ELD), and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) urge Oregonians to put safety first as they look to solutions for child care and multi-family learning options this fall. The agencies are prioritizing opening Oregon’s schools to in-person instruction as soon as state metrics show safety […]

  • Oregon Early Learning Division Highlights Child Care Options as Families Navigate COVID-19 and Return to School

    (Salem, Ore.) – With in-person public schooling delayed in many communities across Oregon, families need to know what options are available for safe child care for their school-age children. The Early Learning Division (ELD), the state agency responsible for regulating early education and child care, is sharing information with families about how to make safe […]

  • Early Learning Division Releases Updated Guidelines for Child Care During COVID-19

    (Salem, Ore.) – Today, the Early Learning Division (ELD) released an update to guidelines for child care and early education operations during COVID-19 developed in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority. They use the latest data and best practices to protect the health and well-being of staff, children, and families in child care. “Child care […]

  • Parents Invited to Share Feedback on Health and Safety Precautions in Child Care During COVID-19

    (Salem, Ore.) – The Early Learning Division (ELD) is inviting parents and caregivers to take a 10-minute online survey related to safety precautions in child care during COVID-19. The survey is open until Monday, July 6, 2020 at 9 p.m. As the pandemic evolves and as Oregon reopens, the state is interested in hearing from […]