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Child Care Partners

DHS is one of many agencies and groups who collaborate in child care-related partnerships. Here are descriptions and links to some of our partner agencies.

Child Care Resource & referral agencies(CCR&R Network) DHS contracts with the CCR&R Network to provide DHS program services. Local CCR&R agencies recruit providers for DHS child care programs, offer technical assistance to providers, help them meet DHS health and safety requirements, and offer training for Family Friends and Neighbors providers. CCR&Rs help DHS client families locate and maintain safe, reliable, quality child care and provide information on the ERDC program to families who are current or potential child care assistance clients.

Office of Child Care (OCC) of the Department of Education link opens in a new window The Office of Child Care is the lead agency in Oregon for the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). Close to 80% of CCDF dollars are passed through from OCC to DHS for the ERDC program. In addition, OCC is the regulatory agency that licenses child care facilities and conducts background checks on licensed providers. Their website is also a great resource, with a wealth of information and resources for parents, providers, and those interested in child care issues.

The Childhood Care and Education Coordinating Council (CCECC) link opens in a new window The CCECC is a collaborative, ad hoc partnership working to create a balanced system of care in Oregon that supports and empowers working families and promotes safe, healthy child development.

Portland State University (PSU) Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education (OCCD) link opens in a new window OCCD promotes professional development for child care providers, to achieve high quality care and education for children and youth. OCCD works to develop and operate integrated and statewide professional development standards and systems. OCCD has been developing the Oregon Registry, a voluntary, statewide program to document and recognize the professional achievements of people who work in the childhood care and education profession. Providers who serve DHS clients are eligible to earn an enhanced rate if they meet specified training standards.

Oregon Child Care Research Partnership (OCCRP) link opens in a new window The Oregon Child Care Research Partnership, housed within the Family Policy Program at Oregon State University, conducts research related to child care policy at the local and state levels. 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. OCCRP conducts the Market Rate study upon which DHS child care subsidy rates are based.

National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) link opens in a new window The NCCIC, a service of the Child Care Bureau link opens in a new window, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance (TA) center that provides comprehensive child care information resources and TA services to Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrators and other key stakeholders.

Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC) link opens in a new window Oregon AEYC is an affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children link opens in a new window and serves over 1300 early childhood professionals in the state of Oregon. OAEYC works to support excellent early education, promote public support and policies, build the profession, and improve teaching and learning.

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees link opens in a new window AFSCME Council 75 represents family child care providers who are licensed with the Office of Child Care, a member of the Department of Education. 800-521-5954

The Service Employees International Union Local 503 (SEIU) link opens in a new window SEIU Local 503 represents family child care providers who are exempt from licensing. Providers that are exempt from licensing are also referred to as Family, Friends, and Neighbor providers (FFN). 877-451-0002

Central Coordination of CCR&R online child care training calendar link opens in a new window Central Coordination of CCR&R maintains a calendar of training opportunities available to child care providers across the state. The calendar includes the orientation for DHS providers that will become mandatory effective July 1, 2010.