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  • Oregon increases income limits for food and child care assistance

    This news release is from the Oregon Department of Human Services. Need to know Oregon has increased the income eligibility limit for food and child care assistance up to 200% of the federal poverty level Previous income limits were 185% of the federal poverty level Approximately 18,000 additional households in Oregon may qualify for the […]

  • Oregon First to Create Tribal Early Learning Hub

    When Oregon established the first Early Learning Hubs in 2013, 16 geographic regions across the state were defined as the Hub service areas. However, these service areas did not appropriately consider the sovereignty of tribal nations and included tribal lands in the geographic regions. The goal of the hub system was to coordinate all of […]

  • State of Oregon significantly increases child care assistance for working families

    This is a joint release by the Oregon Department of Human Services and Early Learning Division Need to know Child care copays through the Employment Related Day Care program have decreased to an average of $16 per month for working families. Approximately 8,200 working families receive child care assistance through the Employment Related Day Care […]

  • A Parade Down Memory Lane: Oregon State Representative Shares Head Start Story

    Photos Clockwise: Oregon Rep. Mark Meek today; Meek on the Head Start float for the Roseville, Calif parade; Meek at 4 years old with his brother and cousin. October is National Head Start Awareness Month Oregon Rep. Mark Meek has happy memories of being in a local parade when he was a four-year-old Head Start […]

  • Oregon Announces Stabilization Grant Opportunity to Assist Child Care Providers

    (Salem, Ore) – Child care providers in Oregon are invited to apply for child care stabilization grants through the Early Learning Division (ELD). Oregon received approximately $224 million in grant funding from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to be paid directly to eligible providers struggling during COVID-19. “Child care providers have been […]

  • Governor Kate Brown Appoints Alyssa Chatterjee as Director of the Early Learning Division

    *News Release by the Governor’s Office. Click here for media contact.*  Chatterjee has been the acting director of the Early Learning Division since May 1, 2021 Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she has appointed Alyssa Chatterjee as the Director of the Early Learning Division (ELD). In this role, Chatterjee will lead the agency […]

  • New Report Shows How COVID-19 Heightened Challenges for Child Care Providers

    Early Care and Education Workforce Struggles with Inequities in Unemployment (Salem, Ore) – New research shows the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Oregon’s child care and early care and education programs’ ability to remain open and serve families. The Oregon Early Learning Division (ELD) commissioned Portland State University and OSLC Developments, Inc. to conduct this research. The […]

  • Pre-pandemic, Oregon child care was already scarce, new OSU report says

    *News Release by the Oregon State University. Click here for media contact.* CORVALLIS, Ore. — A new report from Oregon State University shows that as of March 2020, all 36 counties in Oregon qualify as child care “deserts” for infants and toddlers — meaning that there are at least three children under the age of 2 […]

  • Partner Letter: April 14, 2021

    Dear ELD partner, I wanted to reach out to let you know that my time at the Early Learning Division (ELD) will be coming to a close at the end of April. I have accepted a position with the Biden-Harris Administration to work on early childhood policy. As announced earlier this week, Alyssa Chatterjee will […]

  • 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 […]