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Quality Child Care

Child care is early education.

New research on brain development has confirmed that the first few years of life are the most critical in determining a child’s intellectual, emotional, and social development. Because quality child care is vital to ensuring that children enter school ready to succeed, the Office of Child Care initiates and funds innovative programs, including: 

  • Provider Training Programs, in partnership with local Resource and Referral entities, that focus on health and safety, social and emotional development, and care-giving for infants and toddlers.
  • Career development opportunities for care providers through the Oregon Registry at the Center for Career Development at Portland State University.
  • A statewide public information campaign to educate consumers about the importance of quality child care in the early years of development and businesses about the availability of Oregon’s child care tax credits. 

Helpful Links
Types of Child Care in Oregon Click Here  
Search online for Child Care
Five Steps to Finding Quality Child Care Brochure  Click here
Quality Child Care Checklist  Click here
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Tax Credits

Child Care Tax Credits
Oregon currently has two tax credits related to child care. To learn more, click here.
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Need Help Paying for Care?

An Oregon family with both parents working full time at minimum wage earns only $34,736 per year. Half of child care slots for infants cost $11,280 or more per year and for preschoolers that number is $8,469. Between 2004 and 2012 child care prices rose 13% while household incomes declined 9%. Affording child care challenges all families and is especially difficult for low-income families or those with infants or children with special needs. The Office of Child Care provides funding to DHS for the Child Care Subsidy Program to benefit low income working families. The Office of Child Care also provides funding to over 200 community-based organizations that serve high needs families, including:
  • Teen parents participating in approved high school or GED completion programs.
  • Parents participating in state-approved substance abuse programs.
  • Migrant and seasonal farm workers.
  • Parents who have children with special needs.
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Finding Child Care

The Central Coordination of Child Care Resourse and Referral provides leadership and technical assistance for 13 CCR&R programs serving all communities in Oregon. Their mission includes supporting families and early childhood child care and education providers in meaningful and responsive ways. They advocate for policy to improve accessibility of quality child care and promote multiculturalism among diverse communities. They support quality standards and competencies for childhood care and education and align services with the state Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Central Coordination promotes strategic communication and collaboration, informing research projects at state and federal levels.  
To search for child care online, click here 
To find the Resource and Referral agency in your area, click here
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Mandatory Reporting

Mandatory Reporting of Suspected Abuse and Neglect
Child care providers are mandatory reporters of suspected abuse and neglect. 
A DHS Question & Answer about reporting abuse and neglect is available here.
More information about mandatory reporters is available here
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For a list of child care links and resources, click here
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