At the Early Learning Division, we are committed to supporting all of Oregon’s young children to learn and thrive. We strive to meet our mission by informing, listening and involving broad spectrum of stakeholders across the state to inform our decision making process. In collaboration with our community partners, we work to improve the early learning system by implementing programs and policies that are community-informed.
We firmly believe community engagement is critical for well-informed decisions in government.
PREPARATION AND PLANNING
Through thoughtful and inclusive planning, we ensure that the design, organization and convening process for engagement serves both a clearly defined purpose and the needs and interests of all participants.
EQUITY AND INCLUSION
We equitably incorporate diverse people, voices, ideas and perspectives to lay the groundwork for feedback that can inform better decision-making and support efforts to institutionalize equity.
COLLABORATION AND SHARED PURPOSE
We support and encourage all Oregonians to work together in service of children, families and communities through community engagement.
OPENNESS, LEARNING AND FLEXIBILITY
We help each other to listen, foster mutual learning and engage in deep dialogue to explore new ideas unconstrained by predetermined outcomes. We are flexible as new recommendations and solutions are generated.
TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST
We are clear and open about the process of community engagement and provide information that participants need to know in order to contribute in a meaningful way. We capture the range of views and ideas that come from engagement opportunities and communicate how feedback has been used to determine policies and practices.
IMPACT AND ACTION
We ensure each community engagement effort has real potential to make a difference. We want participants to know that their contributions will impact the direction and decisions of the Early Learning Division’s work.
PARTICIPATORY CULTURE AND SUSTAINED ENGAGEMENT
We promote a culture of participation and support ongoing quality engagement for community-driven solutions. We also rigorously evaluate community engagement activities for effectiveness.
Download the ELD Principles of Community Engagement (PDF)