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  • Preparing your child for preschool

    This month, we share advice and insights from Lindsay Pearson, an Early Learning Division Preschool Program Specialist, on how parents and preschool aged children can start a successful school year.    What does learning look like in preschool? In preschool, children learn best through play. Preschool teachers know that play dough and clay, building tall towers […]

  • Redmond Graduates Celebrate Milestone in Early Learning

    Redmond Graduates Celebrate Milestone in Early Learning Late night studying is part of the daily routine for Maria Martinez of Bend. But she’s not your typical college student. The mother of three, who immigrated from Mexico after middle school, also works a full-time job as a child care provider. This summer, Martinez and about a […]

  • Celebrate Summer Reading – Our Staff Share Their Picks

    Celebrate Summer Reading – Our Staff Share Their Picks   We asked ELD staff, including Early Learning System Director Miriam Calderon, to offer some of their favorite summer books for early learners. Research has long supported the benefits of reading aloud to young children, encouraging language development and the relationship between parent and child. Consider […]

  • Temporary Rules Now Permanent

    On March 28, 2019, the Early Learning Council adopted several temporary child care rules, making them permanent. Here is a summary of those changes: Applicable to all providers: Central Background Registry (CBR) Rules update the crimes that are considered disqualifying conditions for enrolling in the CBR. Also, adds programs that are unable to be licensed […]

  • Governor Brown issues proclamation for “Week of the Young Child”

    Giving her support to high quality early learning care and education, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a proclamation for April 8-12, 2019 as “Week of the Young Child.” The week is an annual celebration hosted by NAEYC to spotlight early learning, young children, their teachers, families and communities. Daily themes such as “Music Monday” and “Artsy Thursday” […]

  • Temporary to Permanent Rules Now Open for Public Comment

    There are several temporary child care rules in effect and the OCC has started the process to make them permanent. Public Comment period is now open and a Public Hearing is scheduled for 3/6/19. Click here to open the Child Care Rule page for more information.

  • Oregon Releases Kindergarten Assessment Results for 2018-19

    Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Results for 2018-19 The first few years of a child’s life are a critical time to invest in high quality learning Media Inquiries: Melanie Mesaros, 503-856-6040 (Salem, Ore) – The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Early Learning Division (ELD) today jointly released results from the 2018-19 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment. The […]

  • Governor Brown Kicks Off Raise Up Oregon Plan

    Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown today joined state agencies, Early Learning Council members, and legislators in unveiling Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan, which provides a roadmap for how state and local communities can work together to ensure Oregon’s youngest children can enter school ready to learn. Research shows the first few years of […]

  • Raise Up Oregon Legislative Breakfast Kick-Off

    The Early Learning Council will be holding a Legislative Kick-Off Breakfast to launch Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan on Tuesday, February 5th at 8:00 a.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. at the State Library. Program to begin promptly at 8 a.m. Due to capacity limits, please contact Alyssa Chatterjee if you […]

  • The Office of State Fire Marshal recently moved to a new website

    The Office of State Fire Marshal recently moved to a new website and the link to the Renewal of License Fire Safety Inspection Form in OCC renewal/pre-cert packets (LIC-346A) is no longer active. The following links are updated and working: State Fire Marshal Website Licensed Facilities Referral for Fire Safety Inspection Please reach out to […]