June 22, 2023 | Child Care Update

IN THIS ISSUE: A deadline for recorded programs and requirements for background checks, the launch of DELC and the ERDC migration, share your summer program photo, and employment related day care (ERDC).

June 30th Deadline for Recorded Programs and Requirements for Background Checks 

Background check requirements for preschool recorded programs and school-age recorded programs have changed. Effective January 1, 2023, newly hired recorded program staff, volunteers, and those who may have unsupervised contact with children were required to enroll in the Central Background Registry (CBR). CBR enrollment only applies to individuals 18 years of age and older. 

Individuals not already enrolled in the CBR must submit a complete CBR application on or before June 30, 2023 to remain onsite after June 30, 2023. 

The Early Learning Division’s Office of Child Care manages the CBR. No other background checks now meet the statutory background check requirement for new recorded program personnel.  

Customer Service 1-800-556-6616 | occ.customerservice@ode.oregon.gov 

Visit the Central Background Registry website page to learn more and apply.  

The Launch of DELC and the ERDC Migration 

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  

Read more about the new Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC)

Share Your Summer Program Photo! 

The Early Learning Division (ELD) – soon to be the Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) is asking for YOUR help building our DELC photo library. Summertime is especially great for outdoor activity photos with program staff and the children you serve. If you’re hosting any family activities, we’d love to see those as well!  

Photos submitted to us will be shared on the DELC social media platforms and used to show real photos of Oregon’s child care and preschool programs.  

Please be sure to get the correct photo release form signed by any participating staff and families.  

You can submit the photos or video by sending them to through our Content Submission Form.  

Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) 

On July 1, 2023, Oregon is launching the new Department of Early Learning (DELC), bringing together the Early Learning Division (ELD) and the Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) program to unify, strengthen and expand Oregon’s early learning and care system. This transition will not change the way families get ERDC and other benefits. Families will continue to apply for and receive benefits through ODHS. 

For more information about what ERDC migration to DELC means for you, see the flyers below:

Along with the creation of DELC, Oregon is expanding access to affordable child care for eligible families through the Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) program. 

  • On July 1, families will be able to receive cash assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and get help paying for child care from ERDC at the same time. 
  • The current TANF child care program will end because ERDC will provide families more flexible child care assistance. 

Additionally, there will be fewer reasons for child care assistance to end within 12 months. 

  • Cases will no longer close if a family cannot find a provider within three months. 
  • ERDC benefits will continue if a caretaker loses their job or stops attending school. 

We invite providers to share this information with families through the July 1 ERDC Flyers, available in five languages: 

Share this information with families by posting the July 1 ERDC Flyers:

Recent ERDC changes mean that students—in high school, a GED program, or college—no longer need to work to qualify for the child care assistance. In addition, all students would receive extra child care hours each week for study time. This expansion also allowed families to apply for ERDC while on medical leave from work, and to access their ERDC benefits while on medical leave for their own condition or their child’s. Furthermore, many families will now qualify for more child care hours due to a change in the way part-time and full-time coverage is calculated. For more information about past expansions to ERDC, see the flyers below: 

Changes to the ERDC as of January 1, 2023:

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

Watch videos of information sessions about employment related day care’s move to department of early learning and care.