July 20, 2023 | Child Care Update

IN THIS ISSUE: Provider Information sessions to pick up in September; all about the new Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC); join the new advisory committee for the Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program (ECSEPP); new rules for certified child care centers adopted; DELC Sponsored Legislative Bills that Passed in 2023

July Info Session Cancelled 

Provider Information Sessions will pick up again in September! 

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The Department of Early Learning and Care will continue to hold regular provider information sessions, but have put them on hold until fall. The next session is scheduled for September 20 and 21. 

These are virtual events. Registration is required to attend via Zoom. You may submit questions in advance on the registration form. You may also participate on DELC’s Facebook page live-stream at the same time. DELC staff will monitor the Facebook comment section for questions.  

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

To view past information sessions, visit our YouTube Channel’s Provider Information Session Playlist.

All About the New Department of Ealy Learning and Care (DELC)

We are thrilled to announce the official launch of the Department of Early Learning and Ca re (DELC)! Starting July 1, Oregon’s families have one state agency dedicated to early care and education policy and program administration.  

DELC’s launch is a major milestone that was only possible because Oregonians recognized how crucial it is to invest in early learning – for families and child care professionals. As one of the few standalone early learning and care agencies in the country, DELC is positioned to be a national leader in this space. 

Join the new Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program (ECSEPP)

The Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC), with support from Trauma Informed Oregon invites you to help inform the design of the Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program. By joining this advisory committee, you will have the chance to help ensure services are culturally responsive, tailored to the needs of individual communities, and effective in preventing suspension and expulsion. 

Members of this team will include: 

  • Caregivers (parents, foster parents, family members, and other responsible adults caring for children under five years of age) 
  • Early Care and Education  providers of all types 
  • Coaches, consultants, trainers and other professionals who provide content expertise, coordination of services, and other supports to ECE providers 
  • Specialized Service staff in fields like early intervention and early childhood special education 
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultants (IECMHC) 
  • Community members connected personally or professionally with Oregon’s early childhood community 

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

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY: 5 p.m., Tuesday, August 8 

Please, click on your preferred language below to review the committee expectations before you apply:
English |  Español | Русский  |  中文  |  Tiếng Việt 

Please, click on your preferred language below to apply in that language: 
English  |  Español  |  Русский  | 中文  |  Tiếng Việt

New Rules for Certified Child Care Centers Adopted 

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ADOPTED Rules for Certified Child Care Centers, effective January 1, 2024 

On June 28, 2023, the Oregon Early Learning Council approved the adoption of Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) that apply to certified child care centers. These rules will go into effect on January 1, 2024. Until that date, the rules above are still in effect. 

(Spanish translation coming soon). 

To see the current Rules for Certified Child Care Centers (OCC-0084) visit our website

DELC Sponsored Legislative Bills that Passed in 2023 

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The 2023 legislative session has come to a close, with multiple DELC sponsored bills being approved. Notable legislation includes the following:  

Passed SB 427: DELC Agency Technical Fix  

This bill allows DELC to enter into Inter-Agency Agreements with Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) and Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to perform certain functions.   

Passed HB 3435: OPK Name Change 

This bill renames the “Oregon prekindergarten program” to “Oregon Prenatal to Kindergarten Program” to reflect the full range of children and families served. The program will still be referred to as “OPK.” This bill also removes language that prevents multi-year contracts with the OPK grantees.