September 28, 2023 | Child Care Update

IN THIS ISSUE: ERDC Waitlist begins after November 3, 2023; NEW Rules Advisory Group Opportunity; Become a Regional Service Provider; General reminders.

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Growing Enrollment of Oregon’s Employment Related Day Care program Prompts Waitlist after November 3 

Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) announced they will pause Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) program enrollment and open a waitlist due to increased demand and limited funding. Families who believe they are eligible for ERDC should apply by November 3, 2023 at 11:59 p.m

Families currently receiving ERDC support will continue to receive benefits after November 3, 2023. 

To read the full press release visit News – News & Information ( 

NEW Rules Advisory Group Opportunity 

The Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) is implementing new rules related to several new legislative bills as well as an update to the ERDC rate tables.  We are creating a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) to gather valuable feedback.

Applications are due by October 11, 2023    

 This RAC will include review of proposed changes to rules regarding:   

  • ERDC payments paid on a date later than the date specified by rule, will be paid in an amount that includes an additional nine percent.  (HB 2468)  
  • A licensed family child care provider’s own children between 10 and 12 years of age will no longer be counted in licensed capacity or adult to child ratios, unless the child has special needs or disabilities which require a level of care that is above normal for the child’s age. (HB 2468)  
  • New ERDC rate tables  
  • New CBR rules pertaining to Individuals contracted or employed as EI/ECSE providers, Respite care providers, and allowing limited enrollment for exempt prohibited individuals. (HB 3558, SB 283, HB 2599)  
  • Adds Assault IV felony convictions to the list of disqualifying crimes for CBR enrollment to maintain federal compliance with the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)  

DELC would like to invite members of the following groups to apply to participate in the RAC:   

  • Registered Family Child Care Providers   
  • Certified Family Child Care Providers   
  • Subsidized unlicensed programs   
  • Representatives from child care provider unions   
  • Child Care Center Directors/Representatives    
  • School Age Center Program Coordinators and Program Leaders   
  • Parents/family members of children in programs   
  • Early Learning Hub representatives  
  • Respite Care Providers  
  • Educational Service District (ESD) employees who provide or work with Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) services 
  • Tribal Nation representatives   
  • Representatives from culturally specific organizations    
  • Child Care Resource & Referral representatives   

Participants will be compensated for their time and feedback. There will be one RAC Meeting for 2 hours in length.    

This RAC will occur on  October 26, 2023 at 3:00 to 5:00pm   

Apply in English  

Aplicación en español 

Приложение на русском языке   


Ứng dụng bằng tiếng Việt 

The Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program (ECSEPP) extended its deadline for regional service provider applications.  

The deadline to apply to for the ECSEPP regional service provider grant has been extended from September 15 to October 6. 

What is a Regional Service Provider?  

A Regional Service Provider is an organization that provides Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) services to Early Care and Education Providers and coordinates IECMHC services with other early childhood technical assistance providers, to promote Early Care and Education Provider access to resources, training, and other technical assistance opportunities. 

Applicants can choose from two options when applying to become a Regional Service Provider. 

Option 1 (Planning Grant): 
Applicants who are interested but may need a period of time for planning have the option to apply for a planning grant

Option 2 (Implementation Grant):  
Applicants who believe they are ready to begin implementation of equity-centered IECMHC have the option to apply for an implementation grant.  

Prior experience implementing Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation is NOT required! 

  • The Early Learning Council is looking for five new members to shape early childhood policy in Oregon and we need your help in getting the word out! These positions are appointed by Governor Kotek and individuals who are interested are encouraged to apply. This Council ensures that our state-funded early childhood programs and investments are coordinated in a way that is accessible to children and families. We hope you’ll consider either applying yourself or sharing this with individuals who may be interested. Read more about this opportunity …