Tag Archives: Early Learning Division

New Details / Pandemic: Will surging cases keep schools closed this fall?

Governor Kate Brown will hold a press availability Tuesday, July 28, to discuss new COVID-19 health and safety metrics for school districts. Brown will be joined by Director Colt Gill of the Oregon Department of Education, Director Miriam Calderon of the Oregon Early Learning Division, and Dr. Dean Sidelinger from the Oregon Health Authority. Oregon […]
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Live Updates: Oregon tops 16,000 known coronavirus cases

COVID-19 has claimed nine more lives in Oregon, raising the death toll to 282, state health officials said Friday. Those nine deaths are the highest number of deaths reported in a single day in the state since the beginning of the pandemic, the Oregon Health Authority said. Source: Live Updates: Oregon tops 16,000 known coronavirus […]
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Oregon working on new guidance for child care centers during COVID-19 pandemic

The state of Oregon is working on new guidance for child care centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Thursday, the Early Learning Division released a discussion draft of those guidelines. The agency is looking for feedback on the draft and says it will be making changes. Source: Oregon working on new guidance for child care […]
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Gov. Brown appoints new director of the Oregon Department of Revenue

Betsy Imholt will begin in her new role on Aug. 3 if confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Source: Gov. Brown appoints new director of the Oregon Department of Revenue

State funding to open 163 new lower-income preschool slots in Central Oregon

Ermila’s Childcare and Bilingual Preschool gets calls all day, every day, according to Ermila Holmes, the school’s owner. Like many preschools in Central Oregon, Ermila’s is almost constantly at capacity as parents join waitlist after waitlist to try to find a place for their children to go before kindergarten. Source: State funding to open 163 […]
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Oregon parents invited to take survey on child care health, safety precautions

The Oregon Department of Education’s Early Learning Division is inviting parents and caregivers to take a 10-minute online survey related to safety precautions in child care during COVID-19. The survey is open until Monday, July 6 at 9 p.m. As the pandemic evolves and as Oregon reopens, the state is interested in hearing from parents about practices in […]
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Oregon Early Learning Division announces more child care grants

Oregon’s Early Learning Division announced a second round of funding to support providers who are offering emergency child care through the COVID-19 crisis.The division has limited, one-time grants available for providers who have decided to reopen or have continued to care for children throughout the pandemic, according to a news release.When much of the state […]
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Audit: Oregon needs to strengthen child care background checks, sex offender registry

Oregon agencies should strengthen child care background checks and the state’ sex offender registry, according to an audit released Wednesday. Source: Audit: Oregon needs to strengthen child care background checks, sex offender registry

Editorial: Childcare needed help before, now it really needs it

The childcare situation was bad before the COVID-19 pandemic and now it’s worse. Nearly half of the licensed child care facilities in the state have closed. If the state is going to pull off a successful reopening of the economy, many workers are going to need childcare. How is the state going to ensure they […]
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Oregon Attempts To Balance Business, Health Priorities In Protecting Child Care

As Oregon balances the demands of a deadly virus and a deteriorating economy, Oregon’s overstretched child care system is caught in the middle. Like states across the country, Oregon is trying to balance two competing crises: a deadly virus threatening vulnerable people and a deteriorating economy teetering on the brink of a deep recession. At […]
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