Oregon’s child care systems are coming together under the new Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) starting July 1, 2023. Over the next few years, DELC will create more efficient systems to help families access child care, and better serve children across the state.
The creation of DELC and migration of ERDC on July 1 is only the beginning of the benefits providers and families can expect. Over the next few years, migrating ERDC to DELC will help:
- Enable greater alignment across early learning and child care programs
- Maximize state and federal funding for early learning programs
- Create a more efficient and effective billing and licensing system for providers
- Support and strengthen the early learning and care workforce
Share this information with families by posting the July 1 ERDC Flyers:
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently released the Jump Start Kindergarten Toolkit. The toolkit includes resources for planning and implementing high-quality summer kindergarten transition programs such as inclusive family engagement and classroom curriculum examples, planning tools, and suggestions for ways to partner with local early learning providers. The toolkit also includes ready-to-print materials to help school communities promote early registration to kindergarten.
If you are interested in learning more, please join us for a one-hour Jump Start Kindergarten Toolkit Information Session!
Wednesday, July 12th, 2pm – 3pm: Register
For more information, please visit the Jump Start Kindergarten webpage.
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. The 2022 Market Price Survey results are now available to the public.
Information collected by this survey is used for regional and state policy–making to ensure families have equal access to child care. In addition, the data collected during the MPS 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.
Rate information is not shared with parents and families and is combined with other facilities’ data for state decision-making purposes.
For more information and to read the 2022 report visit the OSU Child Care Market Price Study page.
The Oregon Health Authority has updated COVID guidelines. You can find the updated guidelines on the Early Learning Division COVID-19 Resources website page. On that page you will learn about what is changing and what is staying the same for COVID-19 protocols.
JUNE IS THE MONTH FOR CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH AND PRIDE
Although Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday in 2021, communities have been celebrating and remembering what happened on June 19, 1865 for many years. Juneteenth (also termed Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day) honors when the remaining 250,000 enslaved African Americans in Confederate states were legally declared free two years after Emancipation.
Celebrate by attending Juneteenth events, virtual and in person, that are taking place across the state and nation. Recognize and honor this holiday with your early learning and care community.
Explore the below resources and share with your network:
- 5 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth with your Family | PBS for Parents
- 7 Books for Celebrating Juneteenth | PBS for Parents
In Oregon, you can celebrate the LGBTQ+ movement and people in your community at various parades, festivals brunches and concerts. And, in the classroom you can share a number of activities with kids.
Click below for more resources on how to support children, families, and staff.
- LGBTQ+ Books for Parents and Children | Family Equality
- Creating a Welcoming Early Childhood Program for LGBT-Headed Families | Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
SAVE THE DATE JULY PROVIDER INFO SESSIONS
There will be no Provider Information Sessions in June.
The next sessions will be: