Projects and Programs Funded by CCD
|Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education|
The Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education (OCCD) provides leadership in the development and operation of integrated and statewide professional development standards and systems. OCCD promotes professional development to achieve high quality care and education for children and youth, and creates and supports training and education.
Center for Career Development
The Oregon Registry: Pathways for Professional Recognition in Childhood Care and Education is a voluntary, statewide program to document and recognize the professional achievements of people who work in the childhood care and education profession.
The Oregon Registry Trainer Program offers voluntary certification for trainers and adult educators in the childhood care and education profession. The Oregon Registry Trainer Program also offers support for trainers and adult educators as they enhance their adult education knowledge and skills and develop high quality community-based training sessions.
The Oregon Registry Trainer Program includes three types of certified trainers:
|Child Care Quality Indicator's Project|
|Child Care Quality Indicator's Project |
Child Care Quality Indicator's Project
Parents, child care providers, kindergarten teachers, and other community members know that the quality of child care matters. National studies have found the quality of child care in America to be well below that which is needed to promote positive child outcomes. Little is known about the level of quality in Oregon and its communities. The first step in improving quality is to know where we are now.
The Quality of Care project will support efforts of child care providers, funders, and parents to improve child care. Community and state partners are launching an initiative to assess the level of quality in child care centers. Partners will pilot the initiative in Multnomah County and in one of Oregon's rural counties. The Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral Network will lead the initiative in partnership with the Oregon Child Care Division, the Oregon Child Care Research Partnership at Oregon State University, and others.
Researchers have identified "structural" indicators of quality that have been proven to improve child outcomes:
- Ratio of children per adult
- Group size
- Education or specialized training of teachers/caregivers
- Teacher compensation level
- Staff turnover or stability in caregiver-child relationships
- Substantiated complaints
The Research Partnership will survey child care centers to establish levels of the seven indicators. The Network will create software to collect data on indicators from individual centers. Local resource and referral agencies will share the indicator information with parents, providers, and the community. There will be clear, easily understood explanations about 1) why each measure makes a difference, 2) the community average for each indicator, and 3) the standards (when they exist) set by national leaders in the field.
Access to information on quality indicators will help parents, providers, and the community:
Parents will have more information in making their child care choices. They will be able to use quality indicator reports to compare the different characteristics that affect child outcomes.
Child care providers will be able to compare themselves to others on these quality indicators. They will identify areas in which they are outstanding and others in which they want to improve. As such, it's a strategic planning, marketing and fundraising tool.
Community members and funders will have increased levels of accountability. Areas in need of investment will be clearer, and impacts of investments can be measured. The community will invest in child care centers with increased confidence that outcomes will improve.
For more information contact Heidi McGowan, Project Manager, (541)-753-6262.
|Child Care Research Partnership|
Child Care Research Partnership
Child Care Research Partnership
The mission of the Child Care Research Partnership is to ensure that basic information about childhood care and education in Oregon is current, accurate, and available on local, regional, and state levels and is accessible to all decision-makers.
The Oregon Child Care Research Partnership conducts research related to child care policy at the local and state levels. The Partnership also works on national-level research through participation in the Child Care Bureau’s Child Care Policy Research Consortium, a collaboration of child care policy researchers who work together to build the body of knowledge about child care at the state and national levels. The Child Care Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families of the federal Department of Health and Human Services is the organization that leads national efforts to inform child care policy through research.
|Inclusive Child Care Program|
Inclusive Child Care Program
No matter what their abilities or needs, all children are children first.
The goals of the The Inclusive Child Care Program are:
- To support access to appropriate child care for families of children with disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, or special health care needs; and,
- To help all children be in inclusive child care settings with their peers.
The Inclusive Child Care Program serves
children, families, child care providers and communities through:
- Child care subsidies. The program coordinates subsidies that can help with costs of accommodations or supports that are necessary for safe, healthy child care for some children. Families may be eligible when parents are employed, students, or receiving child care assistance through the Oregon Department of Human Services. Family income must be less than $5,107 per month for a family of 4. Eligible children and youth may be birth to 17 years of age and need a higher level of care and supervision.
- Individualized planning to support stable child care placements.
- Training and Consultation to support child care providers in their efforts to include children with diverse abilities and needs.
- Information on community, state and national resources that support inclusive child care.
How is “inclusive child care” different?
It isn’t. Inclusive child care just means that children and youth with and without with disabilities, emotional/behavioral disorders, or special health care needs are all together in child care or
out-of-school time programs. It also means that all children
and youth participate in all of the setting’s daily routines and activities.
All child care and out-of-school time programs have the potential
to be fully inclusive.
The Inclusive Child Care Program serves children and families
To make referrals or for more information, please contact:
Inclusive Child Care Program
Toll free: 1-866-837-0250
Mailing Address: 600 NW 14th Ave., Suite 100,
Portland, OR 97209
|Oregon ASK ( After School for Kids )|
|Oregon ASK is a collaboration of public and private organizations and community members who seek to address common issues and concerns across all out-of-school time services - child care, recreation, education and youth development. |
Oregon ASK Mission:
To support, expand and advocate for quality out-of-school time programs and activities for children, youth, and families throughout Oregon.
Oregon ASK Vision:
All Oregon children, youth and families will have access to quality out-of-school time options within their communities. All services will enhance children's positive development and future opportunities, while keeping them safe from harm. All programs, services and activities will be of high quality and will contribute to strong communities and schools.
Oregon ASK Goals:
- Develop, gather and share resources, including information and technical assistance, which support and sustain high quality out-of-school time programs.
- Promote professional development, program standards, child/youth outcomes, best practices, and program evaluation.
- Affect policy and strengthen public will at both state and local levels.
- Communicate effectively with and provide meaningful ways of involvement for partners, stakeholders, consumers, beneficiaries and champions.
|Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral Network|
Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral Network
The Oregon Child Care Resource and Referral Network (OCCRRN) is a statewide network of community based child care resource and referral agencies that work to improve the quality, accessibility, and affordability of child care for all Oregon families.
To search for child care online, click here
To find the Resource and Referral agency in your area, click here
|Targeted High Risk Populations|
Targeted High Risk Populations
Targeted High Risk Populations
Parents identified for targeted high risk services include:
a) parents engaged in migrant and seasonal farm work;
b) teen parents enrolled in high school completion or GED programs;
c) parents participating in state-approved women-specific substance abuse treatment programs; and
d) children with disabilities who need access to child care.
Parents identified for targeted, high risk services have access to child care through contracts with community based programs. Parents requesting their own choice of care may receive a certificate to purchase another option.
For more information, contact Janet Price
|Teen Parent Program, Department of Education|
The Oregon Department of Education provides grants to school districts for both the Start-Up and Enhancement of high school based Teen Parent and Child Development programs. Funds for the program come from federal Child Care and Development Block Grant through Oregon Child Care Division. Definitions for these programs are found on our website here.
|Virtual Degree Project|
|Virtual Degree Project |
The Virtual Degree Project is an innovative strategy to increase the accessibility for child care professionals to continue their education and receive college credit in exchange for experience.
Click here for more information.