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  • 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 […]

  • Early Learning Division Distributes Essential Supplies to Child Care Providers During Pandemic

    Just as store shelves were emptied of toilet paper and hand sanitizer at the beginning of March, Early Learning Division (ELD) staff went to work to respond to the needs of child care providers – many of whom wouldn’t be able to operate without access to cleaning supplies and other essentials. “Due to the COVID-19 […]

  • Early Learning Division Announces Second Phase of Emergency Child Care Grants

    (Salem, Ore.) – Today, the Early Learning Division (ELD) is announcing a second round of Emergency Child Care (ECC) grants to assist child care providers during the COVID-19 crisis. The grant program uses resources allocated to Oregon to support the state’s response to this emergency. The Request for Applications (RFA) for this limited, one-time grant […]

  • 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 […]