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Early Childhood Systems Alignment

Improved Outcomes

Oregon is working toward improved outcomes for children and families through the transformation of its health and early learning systems. Sixteen Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) and sixteen Early Learning Hubs now serve Oregon’s children and families.

The Oregon Health Authority and the Early Learning Division of the Oregon Department of Education work closely to ensure coordination and alignment between these systems.

  • The Early Learning Council (ELC) and Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) work together to provide policy guidance for these efforts.
  • OHA’s Director sits on the Early Learning Council.
  • Cross-sector staffing within the Oregon Health Authority supports coordination across both systems, with a focus on the zero to five population.

Community-Level Coordination

Local communities have taken great strides to ensure that health and early learning organizations are coordinated in in serving community members, including:

  • Membership from multiple sectors on Hub and CCO boards
  • Shared Hub and CCO projects and initiatives
  • Shared funding for staff positions, professional development, and marketing
  • Shared work plans and strategies for meeting shared metrics
  • Focused communities of practice

Agency-Level Coordination

Since 2014 a full-time Child Systems Collaboration Coordinator position supports the following activities and priorities:

Coordination across agencies

  • Daily contact with Early Learning Division staff.
  • OHA membership on Early Learning Division teams and committees.
  • Collective impact work on developmental screening and other shared early childhood measures.

Coordination within OHA

Coordination between CCOs and Early Learning Hubs

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Additional Links

Health & Early Learning Systems

Oregon Early Learning Division

Oregon Maternal & Child Health

Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations


Collective Impact

Joint Subcommittee of the Early Learning Council & Oregon Health Policy Board

Child & Family Wellbeing Measures Workgroup

Early Childhood Developmental Screening 

Connecting to K-12 Education

Public Health & Education

Health at School

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