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  • 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 […]

  • Governor Brown Appoints New Members of Early Learning Council

    (Salem, Ore) – Governor Kate Brown and Early Learning System Director Miriam Calderon welcomed six new members to the Early Learning Council this week. “Success in career, college, and the classroom begins with early learning and preparing our children to be lifelong learners,” said Governor Kate Brown. “We know that we cannot significantly move the […]

  • 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.