January 10, 2023 | Child Care Update

IN THIS ISSUE: More Families Now Eligible for Employment Related Day Care Program, Register to Attend ELD’s January Provider Information Sessions, Certified School-Age Rules Webinar Video Series, inauguration of Governor Kotek, and Finance trainings available


The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) and ELD have expanded eligibility for affordable child care through the Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) program. The expansion took effect Jan. 1, and you can learn more about it on the ELD website. 

The primary changes to the program mean that students—in high school, a GED program, or college—no longer need to work to qualify for the child care assistance. Plus, all students will receive additional child care hours each week for study time. Additionally, many families will qualify for more child care hours due to a change in the way part-time and full-time coverage is calculated. 

We invite providers to share this information with families they already serve. Additionally, if a provider would like to be listed with ODHS as a program that accepts ERDC families, there is more information on the ODHS website about how to become listed. 

Register to Attend ELD’s January Provider Information Sessions  

Join us in January to learn about the below topics:  

  • Capacity Building Grants from Seeding Justice 
  • 2023 Legislative Session 
  • DELC Timeline and Overview   
  • Agency and Program Updates 

Wednesday, January 11 | 6 – 7 p.m. 

All provider types. (Interpretation available)

ZOOM: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_r38gnV1eTn2RkLHsJ6HICg

Thursday, January 12 | 6 – 7 p.m. 

All provider types. (Conducted in Spanish) 

ZOOM: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_arz7isyuSRiqTXbMS1FD7A

This is a virtual event. Registration is required to attend via Zoom. You may submit questions in advance on the registration form. You may also participate on ELD’s Facebook page live stream. 

Note: Attendees using interpretation services (Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and ASL) should join the session via Zoom. 


A little girl holds a hand-drawn sign that reads "thank you!" the sign is on notebook paper and obscures the girls face.


Wednesday, January 11, is National Thank You Day! This is a perfect time to show gratitude to family, volunteers, and staff who help to create a quality learning program for children in your care. Gratitude can be as simple as telling someone “thank you” for their work and efforts or for simply being who they are!  

We at the Early Learning Division thank all who support, create, and improve Oregon’s child care and early learning system. Whether you are a teacher, program staff, partner program, or organizational leader, we know you’re doing important and good work that matters to families and children in our communities.