2016 OPK Expansion Sites

The Early Learning Division has announced where 298 new OPK slots will be. We’re excited that nearly 300 more children will be able to receive high-quality early learning opportunities next year. Not only will these funds help enrolled children and families, but they will increase employment opportunities in the state.

Following the legislative intent for these funds, as well as the principles of Oregon’s Equity Lens and the Early Learning Council’s policy principles, the Early Learning Division created a process to prioritize program expansion in high-promise communities. High-promise communities are defined as communities where there are significant numbers of families experiencing poverty, communities and children of color, a substantial number of children in Head Start waitlists, and capacity to serve children starting September 2016.


Eleven programs will receive expansion funding. The programs and number of slots awarded are as follows:

  • Klamath Family Head Start 40
  • United Community Action Network 40
  • Albina Head Start 40
  • Umatilla-Morrow Head Start 37
  • Salem-Keizer Head Start 34
  • Oregon Child Development Coalition 28
  • Neighborhood House 23
  • Head Start of Yamhill County 23
  • Clackamas County Children’s Commission 16
  • Clackamas ESD 13
  • The Children’s Learning Center 4


Child Care and Development Block Grant Act Rulemaking

The Early Learning Council will begin formal rulemaking to implement the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. The Act requires states and territories to conduct health and safety monitoring inspections for all child care providers who accept federal funding from the Child Care and Development Fund. The Early Learning Council will promulgate new rules covering the on-site health and safety monitoring of licensed-exempt providers serving families receiving Employment Related Day Care subsidy (ERDC).

The Child Care Development Block Grant Act of 2014 requires the Early Learning Division to begin annual health and safety inspections of license exempt Child Care providers who accept federal subsidies. ORS 329A.505 authorizes the Office of Child Care to conduct on-site inspections when such inspections are required under federal Law and authorizes the Office of Child Care to require improvements or corrections necessary to bring provider into compliance. The rules establish conditions and standards for compliance and sets forth the Early Learning Division’s Office of Child Care (OCC) procedures and requirements for the inspection of exempt child care facilities subject to and in accordance with federal and state laws governing child care providers accepting subsidies.

Public comment will be accepted through June 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Click here to view the proposed ruling by the Child Care and Education Committee.

Comments may be emailed to Lisa Pinheiro.

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Preschool Promise Awardees

As many of you know, Oregon Legislature enacted House Bill 3380, the creation of a new, publicly-funded, high quality preschool system in 2015. The model leverages high-quality, local and culturally-relevant early child care and education programs to help make preschool more widely available. By incorporating a “mixed delivery” approach, we are able to provide opportunities for families to access and choose the preschool program which best meets their needs. The Early Learning Division was tasked with developing the model, the implementation process, and working with community partners to create access for children to preschool.After a thorough community engagement process and work with the Early Learning Council, the preschool model, rules, and implementation process were solidified. The Early Learning Hubs applied in early 2016 to implement Preschool Promise and recommendations were presented to the Early Learning Council for their vote at the March meeting. The five regional hubs selected are as follows:Marion & Polk Early Learning Hub Inc.Lane Early Learning AllianceSouthern Oregon Early Learning HubSouth-Central Oregon Early Learning HubNorthwest Regional HubsNorthwest Early Learning HubEarly Learning MultnomahEarly Learning Washington CountyClackamas Early Learning Hub We are looking forward to the next phase of the program and working with the Hubs to create these early learning opportunities for Oregon children.

Source: Preschool Promise Awardees « OREGON EARLY LEARNING DIVISION

CHILD Act Supported by OHSA

The Oregon Head Start Association is a proud signer of a letter drafted by the National Head Start Association regarding the Children’s Head Start Intervention for Life and Development (CHILD) Act, S.2491. The CHILD Act was introduced by Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow and assists the Department of Health and Human Services in addressing the needs of children and families impacted by toxic pollutants by establishing one time 5-year Head Start grants to proven providers in impacted communities.

CHILD Act Letter Text

Comments on the Child Care Development Fund Regulations

Recently the Oregon Head Start Association signed on to comments regarding the proposed rule change for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Program. These comments were not only supported by us but all of the state and regional Head State Associations. The comments can be viewed here.

A Bite out of the Federal Budget | National Head Start Association

The budget highlights for Head StartPresident Obama proposed a significant increase of $434 million for Head Start and Early Head Start. This proposal would take Head Start’s total funding up to $9.6 billion.

The funding increase for Head Start would go towards the following:

  • $142 million for a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to support the Head Start workforce and reduce turnover – $10 million of which would be dedicated to the recent Early Head Start expansion and EHS – Child Care Partnerships.
  • $292 million to expand the duration of Head Start 3- and 4-year old services to full school day, full school year. This would build on the increase of $294 million that was appropriated to Head Start last year by Congress.

Source: A Bite out of the Federal Budget | National Head Start Association

The Children’s Agenda

Pro-child policy experts, advocates, and coalitions across Oregon have come together to provide a road map to make Oregon the best place to be a kid, The Children’s Agenda. Together, we share a common goal to increase the health, economic security and education of our children.

Our 2016 Children’s Agenda Policy Proposal

Correct a budget error for Head Start

Give children the promised access to Head Start by adding $5.26 million.

SPONSORED BY: Oregon Head Start Association
SUPPORTED BY: AAUW of Oregon; APANO; CASA of Marion County; Children’s Institute; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; Mission Readiness; OregonAEYC; Oregon Center for Christian Voices; Oregon Latino Health Coalition; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; ReadyNation of Oregon; YWCA of Greater Portland

Children’s Agenda Items We Support

Increase funding for Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education

Add $5.4 million to keep up with the growing caseload of children diagnosed with a developmental delay as a result of increased use of developmental screenings statewide.

SPONSORED BY: Children’s Institute
SUPPORTED BY: AAUW of Oregon; CASA of Marion County; CareOregon; Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; OregonAEYC; Oregon Center for Christian Voices; Oregon Environmental Council; Oregon Head Start Association; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; ReadyNation of Oregon; Somali American Council of Oregon; YWCA of Greater Portland

Expand Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Raise participation rate (currently lowest rate in the nation) and target increases for families with young children.

SUBMITTED BY: Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon
SUPPORTED BY: AAUW of Oregon; Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon; Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; OregonAEYC; Oregon Center for Christian Voices; Oregon Center for Public Policy; Oregon Education Association; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Latino Health Coalition; Neighborhood Partnerships; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; ReadyNation of Oregon; YWCA of Greater Portland

Protect Tenants

Increase protection from evictions made for no cause and increase stability and predictability of rents by increasing notice periods and other measurements.

SUBMITTED BY: Oregon Housing Alliance
SUPPORTED BY: Bicycle Transportation Alliance; Neighborhood Partnerships; Oregon Center for Christian Voices; Oregon Environmental Council; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Law Center; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; YWCA of Greater Portland

Basic Health Plan

Require OHA to request a blueprint from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to allow affordable marketplace coverage to 86,700 low-income Oregonians.

SUBMITTED BY: Oregon Health Equity Alliance
SUPPORTED BY: AAUW of Oregon; APANO; Basic Rights Oregon; CareOregon; Coalition of Communities of Color; Oregon Center for Christian Voices; Oregon Center for Public Policy; Oregon Food Bank; Oregon Head Start Association; Oregon Latino Health Coalition; Oregon Law Center; Oregon Primary Care Association; Oregon School-Based Health Alliance; Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon; Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon; Prevent Child Abuse Oregon; SEIU Local 503; Upstream Public Health; YWCA of Greater Portland

Find out More

You can download the full Children’s Agenda here. More information on the Agenda and how to become involved is available from United for Kids.

Seeking Nominations for Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement

Every Oregon student deserves a caring, competent, and culturally responsive educator in the classroom. Educators have the greatest impact on our students’ learning, engagement and success, and deserve open access to mentoring, specialized professional learning, and opportunities for leadership development. This is critical to further Oregon’s ongoing commitment to high quality teaching and learning.

Last week, Governor Kate Brown signed an Executive Order to create the Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement to leverage the expertise of exemplary teachers and school leaders across the state and streamline resources, assistance, and support from federal, state, and non-profit partners in providing all Oregon educators open access to relevant, high quality, and culturally responsive professional development. The Council is charged with recommending key strategies to achieve these goals, and is tasked with delivering its findings to Governor Brown by September 1, 2016.

Governor Brown will appoint the 15-member council including six or more licensed, certified educators currently practicing in Oregon schools, as well as representatives from education institutions, nonprofits, professional and philanthropic organizations with expertise in the direct provision and support of high-quality preparation and professional learning for teachers and administrators.

Educator, community, and institutional voice is critical to this process. We want to hear from you. Nominate an educator who has been an exemplary teacher or school leader, has led in designing mentoring and professional learning for other educators, and has effectively advanced educational equity; or nominate a community or institutional representative who would add a critical voice to the Council.

Please submit nominations (for yourself or someone you know) by February 5, 2016.

Public Hearing Notice: Child Care and Development Fund State Plan

WHAT:         Early Learning Division Child Care and Development
Fund State Plan Public Hearing

WHEN:         February 18, 2016
Hearing begins at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Public Service Building (East Entrance)
Basement – Studio A
255 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97310

Via Livestream

Notice is hereby given that the Oregon Department of Education, Early Learning Division, will hold a hearing for public comment on the 2016-2018 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) state plan. The plan was developed in coordination and consultation with state and local child care, early childhood, and school age care agencies, parents and advocates under the provisions of 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 98 and 99. Funding from the CCDF program assists with affordability, availability, quality, and safety of child care in Oregon.

Individuals may also view via Livestream at http://livestream.com/accounts/4436497/ODEVideo.

Email comments and testimony welcome. Testimony and comments may be submitted via email at CCDFStatePlan@oregononlearning.org through February 26, 2016.

A copy of the draft plan may be obtained by accessing the Early Learning Division public website at: http://oregonearlylearning.com/ccdf/

Media Inquiries: 
Karol Collymore, Public Affairs Director

Meeting Information & Accommodation: 
Kelli Walker, kelli.d.walker@ode.state.or.us