APPLICATIONS OPEN: COVID-19 CHILD CARE STABILIZATION GRANTS
Stabilization grant applications are now open for child care providers who faced financial hardship related to COVID-19. 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 the pandemic.
You must complete a brief application online and meet eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant. The application period for this grant is open until December 31, 2021. Child care providers whose applications are approved will receive an award based on the child care type.
“We hope these funds will provide some much needed relief to offset increased expenses, but we know this doesn’t go far enough. Congress must continue to provide the resources needed to sustain our child care system so providers can continue offering quality care to Oregon families,” said Oregon Early Learning System Director Alyssa Chatterjee.
YOU’RE INVITED: SEPTEMBER PROVIDER INFORMATION SESSIONS
Join the Early Learning Division (ELD) for our September provider information sessions on September 29 and 30. Submit questions via the registration form—your input will help ELD make this a valuable experience for all participants.
Wednesday, September 29 | 6 – 7 p.m.
All provider types. (Russian and Spanish interpretation available)
Registration form: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lSBuN0OwSEqXi-bDsTNCmA
There is a capacity limit for these calls and registration may not guarantee access via Zoom, especially for the September 29 session. If capacity is full, you may need to participate using ELD’s live stream on Facebook. Questions can be shared on the comments section.
Thursday, September 30 | 6 – 7 p.m.
Spanish language. (All types)
Registration form: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5hPWDJ67SYq-aO3IrRvVFw
Following the sessions, recordings will be posted here.
TRIBAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS
The Early Learning Division is seeking nominees for the Tribal Advisory Committee.
Become a member and help strengthen early care and education services for Tribal communities in Oregon. The application deadline is September 30, 2021.
The Committee responds to the needs of American Indian/Alaskan Native children and their families, and helps establish the Tribal Early Learning Hub.
To apply and for more information, visit oregonearlylearning.com/TAC.
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, SEPTEMBER 15 TO OCTOBER 15
ELD joins Oregon families in honoring Hispanic Heritage Month. Celebrate with your child care community by exploring the cultures and stories and learning about the history and contributions. In what ways can you grow your understanding and awareness this month and throughout the year? How can you support and celebrate with fellow staff members, children, and families?
Consider the below resources and professional development opportunities:
- Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month | Zero to Three
- Free Learning Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month | Common Sense Education
- Teach Central America Week, October 4 to 10 | Teaching Central America
- Are You Ready to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month? | Learning for Justice
- 11 Picture Books Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month | PBS Kids
- How to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month With Kids | Parents Magazine
- Celebrating Hispanic/Latinx History All Year Long | PBS Teachers Lounge
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APPLY NOW for the COVID-19 Child Care Reopening Grant. Child care providers who stopped providing services between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, and reopened after June 30, 2021, or are interested in reopening, are invited to apply for the COVID-19 Child Care Reopening Grant. The application period for this grant is open until November 30, 2021. Click here for more information and to apply.