March 15, 2023 | Child Care Update

IN THIS ISSUE: March Provider Information Session RESCHEDULED, Certified Center Rules Advisory Committee RAC Announced, and Watch Information Sessions About Employment Related Day Care’s Move to Department of Early Learning and Care

March Provider Information Session RESCHEDULED

Join us in March to learn about the below topics: 

  • Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program Update 
  • DELC Branding 
  • Updates/Reminders 

NEW DATE: Tuesday, March 21 | 6 to 7 p.m.
All provider types. (in Spanish)

NEW DATE: Wednesday, March 22 | 6 to 7 p.m.
All provider types. (in English)
(interpretation available in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese and ASL)

Certified Center Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) 

The Early Learning Division’s Office of Child Care (OCC) will be updating the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for Certified Child Care Centers. OCC will create a Rules Advisory Committee to gather valuable feedback on proposed rules and identify financial and equity effects that might result from the proposed updates. The application period opens March 20 and closes April 14. Watch for more information on the ELD website:  

Oregon Spark: Apply to be on the redesign team before March 20 

The Research Institute at Western Oregon University (WOU) invites families and early learning and care professionals to help redesign the statewide Quality Recognition Improvement System—also known as Spark. WOU and Community Wealth Partners have created a listening, learning, and redesign process led by people who have children or currently work with young children. 

Members of this team will listen and gather information from families and early learning and care professionals in their communities through surveys, virtual or in-person conversations, and interviews. They will then review feedback and develop recommendations.  

Members of this team: 

  • Earn $50 per hour 
  • Work about 50 hours from late March through July 2023, including one weekly online meeting 
  • Receive help with technology, child care, and training 

We encourage people who speak Spanish, English, and/or are bilingual in English and another language to apply. 

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 20. To submit an application, email the below information to Walter Howell at (English) or Idalia Fernandez at (Spanish): 

  1. Name, phone number, email address  
  2. Town/city where you live   
  3. Languages you speak (including ASL) 
  4. Brief answers to these questions in a few sentences:
    • Why do you want to be part of this listening team? 
    • What is most important to you in child care and early education? 

Find more information on the Spark website. Please feel free to contact Spark if you have questions. 

Watch Information Sessions About Employment Related Day Care’s Move ot Department of Early Learning and Care

Learn about the Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) program, how it is funded, and how it will operate under the new Department of Early Learning and Care in two pre-recorded live information sessions that we held in late February and early March. 

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Early Learning Transition Check-In: A Collaborative Engagement with Community 

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Early Learning Division (ELD) are collaborating with communities across the state to redesign the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment.  

In fall 2022, ODE and ELD tested a newly designed tool, the “Family Interview” in a district pilot. The family interview questions and training materials were developed following feedback from family listening sessions in spring 2022 and from the project’s advisory panel.  

To gather feedback from the fall 2022 pilot, ELD and ODE partnered with Oregon’s Kitchen Table (OKT). OKT conducted nearly 20 community conversations with families and educators on the process and their experiences. Visit to learn more about this pilot and recommendations from OKT.