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Promoting Safe, Quality, Affordable and Accessible Child Care
The Child Care Division was established within the Oregon Employment Department in 1993 to highlight the importance of child care in developing and maintaining a diverse, multi-skilled workforce.  The Division supports families with a statewide child care system that promotes safe, quality, affordable and accessible child care.
Mission Statement
The Division assures the safety of children in care by licensing child care facilities and assessing child care complaints.
Annual Performance Measures

The Division has licensing staff in 12 regional locations statewide. The licensing staff inspect child care facilities, assess complaints against facilities, and provide technical assistance to child care providers. There are three types of licensed child care in Oregon: Certified Child Care Centers, Certified Family Child Care Homes, and Registered Family Child Care Homes.
The Division is also advised by The Childhood Care & Education Coordinating Council which is a  collaborative partnership of agencies, providers and parents who work together to create a balanced system of care in Oregon that supports and empowers working families and promotes safe and healthy child development. 
The Division licenses approximately 1000 Certified Child Care Centers and 350 Certified Family Child Care Homes and 4000 Registered Family Child Care Homes through a process that includes a criminal history background check of all individuals that work or are associated with the facility, and additional requirements. All licensed child care facilities are required to pass an inspection prior to licensure. Certified facilities are also required to have approval from a Health Department Environmental Health Specialist and a fire marshall in addtion to the inspection prior to licensure by CCD. Division licensing staff conduct annual announced and unannounced visits to licensed child care facilites.
Certified Child Care Centers
Centers generally have a capacity of more than 13 children; usually in a structure designed for that purpose.  A license to conduct certified child care if valid for one year.
Certified Family Child Care Homes
Certified Family homes have a capacity to provide care for up to 16 children, including the provider’s own children, in a building constructed as a single family dwelling. Individuals over 18 years who reside in or are frequent visitors to the home must pass a criminal history background check completed by the Division. A license to conduct Certified Family child care is valid for one year.

Registered Family Child Care Homes
Registered Family homes may provide care for up to 10 children, including the provider's own children, in their own home. Providers must meet basic training requirements and undergo an on-site health and safety review before providing care for children. Individuals over 18 years who reside in or are frequent visitors to the home must pass a criminal history background check completed by the Division. A license to conduct Registered Family child care is valid for two years.

Exempt Care
Some child care is exempt from regulation. Exempt care includes providers caring for three or fewer children (not including their own children), caring for children from the same family, providing care to a child in his/her home, care by a relative (by blood, marriage, or adoption) of a  child , school district programs, and limited duration programs such as summer camps.
The Child Care Division also provides funding to over 200 community-based organizations that serve targeted population 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