Resources

COVID-19 Statewide Standards for Child Care Operations

Specific Guidance for Child Care Sector – Emergency Child Care Approval Required: 

Licensed Child Care and recorded programs are still required to be approved by the Office of Child Care to operate as Emergency Child Care. Providers must follow the health and safety framework developed by the state and Early Learning Division, as adjusted by this guidance.

Regional Childcare Data

Read the pre-COVID-19 childcare data for the region (click on the name of each town to view and download the PDF).  Please note we intend to update numbers to reflect COVID-19 estimates.  We anticipate the need for child care spots to have increased substantially.

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General Resources/Reports:

Regional Solutions and Early Learning Division, Child Care Workgroup, Executive Summary

Regional Solutions and Early Learning Division, Child Care Workgroup, Executive Summary

In January 2019 Oregon State University through the Oregon Child Care Research Partnership released the report “Oregon’s Child Care Deserts… Read More…

Central Oregon Early Care and Education Sector Plan

Central Oregon Early Care and Education Sector Plan

The Central Oregon Stewardship Workgroup for Early Care and Education Sector Expansion
will oversee the regional Early Care and Education planning process and develop the ECE system plan for the region. Read More…

Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan

Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan

Oregon is home to over 275,000 children, birth to kindergarten entry. Our state has an opportunity to change how it supports these children and their families and, in doing so, put itself on the path to an even brighter future. Read More…

Student Success Act

Student Success Act

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3427, the Student Success Act, into law on May 20, 2019. This law aims to correct three decades of underinvestment in our schools and our children and includes sweeping provisions for new and improved services for children and families. Read More…

Kindergarten Ready

Kindergarten Ready

The Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines align and expand on Oregon’s learning and development standards for children ages three through six in five domains. Read More…

Oregon’s Child Care Deserts: Mapping Supply by Age Group, Metropolitan Status, and Percentage of Publicly Funded Slots

Oregon’s Child Care Deserts: Mapping Supply by Age Group, Metropolitan Status, and Percentage of Publicly Funded Slots

Many families with young children live in what experts have defined as a child care desert, a community with more than three children for every regulated child care slot. Read More…

America’s Child Care Deserts in 2018

America’s Child Care Deserts in 2018

In August 2016, Connecticut parents learned that the state’s child care assistance program, Care 4 Kids, would stop enrolling most children due to insufficient funding.1 In a state where families can expect to pay more than $20,000 a year to send two children to a child care center, this news was devastating to many parents. Read More…

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For Providers:

Licensed Child Care Overview

Licensed Child Care Overview

Child care means the care and supervision of a child, on a regular basis, unaccompanied by their parent or guardian, in a place other than the child’s own home, with or without compensation. Read More…

Certified Child Care Center Overview

Certified Child Care Center Overview

Interested in becoming a certified center? See below for general characteristics. Read More…

Licensed Child Care Forms & Resources

Licensed Child Care Forms & Resources

Checklists Read More…

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For Employers:

Guide for Employer-Supported Childcare

Guide for Employer-Supported Childcare

Access to good quality, affordable childcare is a win-win situation for all—it improves physical and cognitive outcomes for children, enhances employment opportunities for women, boosts productivity and profits for businesses, and supports socio-economic growth. Read More…

Bend Chamber of Commerce Survey

Bend Chamber of Commerce Survey

In July of 2018, the Bend Chamber released the results of two surveys on child care, one from employers and hiring managers and the other targeted to employees. The purpose of the survey was to better understand whether child care needs are impacting businesses…  Take Employer Survey

Child Care Access in Oregon Stats

Child Care Access in Oregon Stats

A child care desert is any census tract with more than 50 children under age 5 that contains either no child care providers or so few options that there are more than three times as many children as licensed child care slots. Read More…

Deschutes County Early Learning Workforce

Deschutes County Early Learning Workforce

The early learning workforce includes individuals working directly with children and families in regulated child care and education facilities. The knowledge and skills of the workforce shape the learning and development of young children and support families. Read More…

Employers, get involved and secure childcare for your employees

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Articles:

Featured Article

ARTICLE: CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS
The Child Care Crisis Causes Job Disruptions for More Than 2 Million Parents Each Year
By Cristina Novoa and Steven Jessen-Howard

At a time when more than two-thirds of young children have all available parents in the workforce, child care is a necessity for most families across the country. Yet new data show that the current child care system lets down parents at nearly every turn. And a lack of good affordable child care can drastically affect parents’ ability to work.

Find out how many parents in your state have to disrupt their jobs due to child care challenges.

The child care crisis not only affects families’ bottom lines; it also costs the economy $57 billion in annual lost revenue, wages, and productivity.

Why Child Care Is So Ridiculously Expensive

Why Child Care Is So Ridiculously Expensive

In the United States, per-child spending doubled from the 1970s to the 2000s, according to a 2013 paper by Sabino Kornich of the University of Sydney and Frank Furstenberg of the University of Pennsylvania. Read More…

Central Oregon Early Care and Education Sector Plan

Central Oregon Early Care and Education Sector Plan

The Central Oregon Stewardship Workgroup for Early Care and Education Sector Expansion will oversee the regional Early Care and Education planning process and develop the ECE system plan for the region. Read More…

Oregon’s Early Learning And Kindergarten Guidelines

Oregon’s Early Learning And Kindergarten Guidelines

The Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines align and expand on Oregon’s learning and development standards for children ages three through six in five domains. Read More…

We have a child-care crisis in this country. We had the solution 78 years ago.

We have a child-care crisis in this country. We had the solution 78 years ago.

Millions of babies are born in this country every year, although the numbers are declining. Last year, the United States had its lowest birthrate in 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More…

Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan

Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan

Oregon is home to over 275,000 children, birth to kindergarten entry. Our state has an opportunity to change how it supports these children and their families and, in doing so, put itself on the path to an even brighter future. Read More…

Oregon’s Child Care Deserts: Mapping Supply by Age Group, Metropolitan Status, and Percentage of Publicly Funded Slots

Oregon’s Child Care Deserts: Mapping Supply by Age Group, Metropolitan Status, and Percentage of Publicly Funded Slots

Many families with young children live in what experts have defined as a child care desert, a community with more than three children for every regulated child care slot. Read More…

Quality child care is maddeningly hard to find. Here’s how to do it.

Quality child care is maddeningly hard to find. Here’s how to do it.

I thought I understood what it takes to raise a child. Like many first-time parents, I did my homework in the months leading up to my son’s birth, feeling confident in my pursuit of a well-laid plan. Read More…

Student Success Act

Student Success Act

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3427, the Student Success Act, into law on May 20, 2019. This law aims to correct three decades of underinvestment in our schools and our children and includes sweeping provisions for new and improved services for children and families. Read More…

America’s Child Care Deserts in 2018

America’s Child Care Deserts in 2018

In August 2016, Connecticut parents learned that the state’s child care assistance program, Care 4 Kids, would stop enrolling most children due to insufficient funding. Read More…

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Thank you to all of our regional partners tackling the childcare crisis in Central Oregon.

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