COMMUNITY RULE REVISION WORKGROUP:
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 23
The Office of Child Care (OCC) within ELD is revising the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for Certified Child Care Centers. As part of this revision, OCC is hosting a Community Rule Revision Workgroup. You are invited to apply to participate in this workgroup and provide input and suggestions for these rules. Participants will be reimbursed for time dedicated to this workgroup.
Please share this opportunity with your early learning community. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. December 23, 2022. More information, including workgroup focus and meeting schedule.
CERTIFIED SCHOOL-AGE CHILD CARE CENTERS:
WATCH PART 1 OF THE WEBINAR VIDEO SERIES
This webinar video series was created as an introduction to the rules for Certified School-Age Child Care Centers. The videos provide an overview of the rules, explain key features and how rules are organized, and highlight changes in rules or new rules.
Part 1 of the school-age rules webinar video series is now available. Watch videos 1 through 6 by clicking the button below. The videos cover a variety of topics from center capacity to emergency preparedness to positions and qualifications. Part 2, videos 7 to 13, will be available in January 2023. After watching, please share your feedback on the series by completing this form.
SAVE THE DATE:
JANUARY PROVIDER INFORMATION SESSIONS
Mark your calendar for the next events in our series of provider information sessions:
Wednesday, January 11 | 6 – 7 p.m.
All provider types. (Interpretation available)
ZOOM REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.
Thursday, January 12 | 6 – 7 p.m.
All provider types. (Conducted in Spanish)
ZOOM REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON.
- Complete the Foundations for Learning training before end of year This free, federally required training on child development is available on the “Learning with OCCD” website in English, Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, and traditional Chinese. The deadline to complete this course is December 31, 2022. For more information, visit Portland State University’s Oregon Center for Career Development website.
- Share the Preschool Development Grant (PDG) Family Survey We invite all Oregon parents and caregivers of children ages birth to 5 years to participate in this 15-minute survey, available in Chinese, English, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. The deadline is January 31, 2023. Participants will receive a $20 gift card to thank them for completing the survey (One gift card per household). If you have questions or would like to request fliers or survey links, please email email@example.com or call (916) 205-6851.
- Finance trainings available to early care and education (ECE) providers First Children’s Finance (FCF) partnered with ELD to offer training opportunities in December and January for ECE providers to support financial management and grant reporting. The third session (Spanish language) is on January 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. More information and to register.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU:
TAKE THE CHILD CARE MARKET PRICE SURVEY
Oregon conducts a Market Price Survey (MPS) every two years to collect and capture the prices and supply of child care across the state. Contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) for more information and to take the survey. The survey deadline is December 31, 2022. This survey was developed in partnership with CCR&Rs, The Research Institute at Western Oregon University, Oregon State University, and the Early Learning Division.
As part of the MPS, you will be contacted by your CCR&R to verify the rates you charge for your child care services and other information, including your current child care capacity. This information will be used for regional and state policy-making to ensure families have equal access to child care. MPS data also influences the Oregon Department of Human Services’ maximum subsidy rates for the Employment Related Day Care program and is the basis for tracking child care deserts over time. Please note: rate information is not shared with parents and families and is combined with other facilities’ data for state decision-making purposes.
For more information, please contact your local CCR&R or read the 2020 report.
BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR RESPIRATORY
SYNCYTIAL VIRUS (RSV) SYMPTOMS
Oregon is experiencing increasing RSV infections across the state.
RSV is a common virus that causes cold-like symptoms. RSV can cause severe illness for some infants, young children, and older adults. Those at greatest risk include:
- Premature infants
- Infants, especially those 6 months and younger
- Children younger than 2 years old with chronic lung disease or congenital (present from birth) heart disease
- Children with weakened immune systems
- Children who have neuromuscular disorders, including those who have difficulty swallowing or clearing mucus secretions
With flu and COVID-19 cases also expected to rise this winter, we encourage everyone to take steps to prevent and reduce the spread of respiratory viruses, including RSV.
If parents or families have questions about their child’s care, they should call their health care provider (or 211 if they need help finding one). To learn more about RSV in Oregon, visit the Oregon Health Authority blog.