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Rulemaking

“Rules” are laws that participants in Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) programs must apply and follow, such as requirements for Oregon Pre-Kindergarten program or licensed child care. Apply to join a RAC and help shape early learning programs in Oregon.

Current Rules & Statutes
Visit the Oregon State Legislature and Secretary of State’s Oregon Administrative Rules webpages for the most accurate laws and rules.

Public Hearings and Public Comment Periods

Public Hearing Schedule for 2024

  • January 22, 5 PM: Central Background Check Registry
  • February 15, 5 PM: ERDC Waitlist, FPLs, and Specific Financial Requirements

Past Public Hearings (2023)

November 15th, 4 PM: ERDC Rule Change (Payment Rates & Late Payments)

November 15th, 5PM: Certified School-age Center Rules

November 16th, 5PM: Amends Adult-to-child Ratios for Provider's Children in Certified Family Child Care Homes

November 16th, 6PM: Amends Adult-to-child Ratios for Provider's Children in Registered Family Child Care Homes

November 17th, 5PM:  General Rules for All Child Care Facilities (Hearings)


Rulemaking Advisory Committees

Rulemaking Advisory Committees (RACs) are made up of community members who provide crucial guidance in the rule writing process. RAC members provide input and suggestions for rulemaking while considering equity and fiscal impacts. “Rules” are laws that participants in Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) programs must apply and follow, such as requirements for Oregon Pre-Kindergarten program or licensed child care. Apply to join a RAC and help shape early learning programs in Oregon.

RACs meet between two and four times over the course of a month and members are provided compensation for participation. At this time, RACs are only held virtually. Listed on the right side of the page are RACs that are currently recruiting or meeting. If you see a RAC listed, but applications are closed, you can provide feedback by reaching out to the staff contact listed.

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Accessibility

You are entitled to language assistance and other accommodations at no cost. If you need help, please contact the Child Care Licensing Division (CCLD) at 503-947-1400.

During the 2023 legislative session, House Bill 2717 passed and requires the Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) to create a pathway to license child care programs that primarily serve children in outdoor settings. DELC is hosting a community workgroup to support the development of Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for these programs. The goal of the workgroup is to gather valuable feedback on topics that pertain to outdoor learning environments and discuss how OARs can be structured to support the health and safety of children in these programs. This work will be completed prior to the review of the full ruleset that will be conducted by a Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC). 

DELC would like to invite members of the following groups to apply to participate in the workgroup:

  • Representatives of child care programs familiar with implementing outdoor nature-based programming
  • Operators of outdoor nature-based programs who are recorded through the Child Care Licensing Division (CCLD)
  • Subject matter experts who have experience in administrative rule development specific to outdoor nature-based programming
  • Parents/family members of young children 
  • Representatives from culturally specific organizations working with young children
  • Early Learning Hub representatives
  • Tribal Nation representatives
  • Child Care Resource and Referral representatives

Reimbursement:
Participants will be reimbursed for their time dedicated to the workgroup.

The application period opens February 12, 2024 and closes on March 8, 2024. Meetings will begin in April. Three to four meetings will be held, with one meeting scheduled per week. The meetings will be held virtually. Meeting days and times will be finalized with the selected participants.

To apply for the Outdoor Nature-Based Child Care Workgroup, go to:​

For questions about participation, please contact Carol Petersen carol.a.petersen@delc.oregon.gov​


RAC Meeting Schedule

  • Day 1: Feburary 20, 2024, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
  • Day 2: February 27, 2024, 3:30 - 5:00 PM
  • Day 3: March 5, 2024, 3:30 - 5:00 PM​

RAC Participants

Member​
Organization
​Sydney Borchers 
​​Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, Central Region 
​Dallas Brown 
​Early Learning and Care Program, South Coast Region 
​Caitlin Curtis 
​Early Learning and Care Program, Multnomah 
​Yondella Hall 
​Families, Multnomah 
​Chalene Harshman 
​Child Care Resource and Referral Agency Malheur County 
​Stephanie Krause 
​Early Learning and Care Program, Central 
​Rachael Lamet 
​Union Representative 
​Gabriella Martinez 
​Community Based Organization, Multnomah 
​​Taya Noland 
​Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, South Coast 
​Henry Obelnicki 
​Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, Multnomah 
​Jessica Porter 
​Early Learning Hub, South Coast 
​Karen Prow 
​Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, Central 
​Mina Smith ​
​Early Learning Hub, Multnomah ​
​​Mary Margaret Stocker ​​Early Learning and Care Program, South Coast ​
​​Sabi Velasco ​
​Union Representative​


QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS? Please contact Maidie Rosengarden at 503-881-1441 | Maidie.Rosengarden@delc.oregon.gov


CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

The Department of Early Learning and Care is seeking applicants for the Child Care Resource and Referral Rulemaking Committee (RAC)

Child Care Resource and Referrals (CCR&Rs) are regional programs funded by the Department of Early Learning and Care to recruit and support early learning and care programs, both home- and center-based. CCR&Rs help expand high-quality early learning and care across Oregon by empowering programs with resources and technical assistance.

The Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) is seeking diverse voices to represent child care resource and referral agencies, early learning hubs, and early learning system community partners.

Apply today to give input on the match r​equirement for CCR&Rs in the state!

We are seeking diverse voices to represent groups within Oregon’s Early Learning system. Committee members may include:

  • Child Care Resource & Referral representatives
  • Representatives from advocacy organizations
  • Representatives from culturally specific, community-based organizations
  • Early Learning Hub representatives
  • ECE program representatives
  • Tribal Nations representatives

Participants will be reimbursed for their time dedicated to this RAC and will positively impact Oregon’s children, families, early learning programs, and communities. Applications are due February 16, 2024.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 16, 2024

QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS? Please contact Margie McNabb at 971-428-7463 | margie.mcnabb@delc.oregon.gov​

​During the 2023 legislative session, Senate Bill 1040 passed and requires The Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) to create a Micro-Center Pilot Program. The Micro-Center Pilot Program will select and work with small capacity child care programs from across the state to identify their unique barriers to licensing. The pilot will support the development of a sustainable model for micro-centers to provide affordable, high quality early learning opportunities to communities in this state. 

This RAC reviewed and provided feedback on the administrative rules developed to implement the Micro Center Pilot Program.

Thank you to the participants who shared their time and expertise on Micro-Center Pilot Program administrative rules:

Name
​Affiliation and Region
​Autumn David
​Certified Family Child Care Provider/ ASCFME- Marion County  
​Timothy Makin  
​Child Care Center Representative, Washington County  
​Joseph Flaherty  
​Child Care Center Representative, Josephine County  
​Mandy Johnson  
​Child Care Center Representative, Lane County  
​Kari Wolf  
​Child Care Center Representative, Jackson County  
​Winter Marcum  
​Child Care Center Representative, Wasco County  
​Jacie Lopez  
​Child Care Center Representative, Malheur County  
​Jodi Woods​
​Child Care Center Representative, Jackson County  
​Chelsi Bates  
​Certified Family Child Care Provider/Malheur County  
​Stephanie Lilly  
​Certified Center Representative-Southern Oregon  
​Sara Stephens  
​Early Learning HUB Rep/Micro-Center Community Advocate  
​Katrina Rose  
​Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Jackson County  
​Dana Hepper   
​Micro-Center Community Advocate/Subject Matter Expert  
​Robin VanWinkel  
​Micro-Center Advocate-Douglas County  
​Anneliese Sheehan 
​ASCFME ​



The Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) is implementing new rules related to several new legislative bills as well as an update to the ERDC rate tables. We are creating a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) to gather valuable feedback.
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This RAC will include review of proposed changes to rules regarding:
  • ERDC payments paid on a date later than the date specified by rule, will be paid in an amount that includes an additional nine percent. (HB 2468)
  • A licensed family child care provider’s own children between 10 and 12 years of age will no longer be counted in licensed capacity or adult to child ratios, unless the child has special needs or disabilities which require a level of care that is above normal for the child’s age. (HB 2468)
  • New ERDC rate tables
  • New CBR rules pertaining to Individuals contracted or employed as EI/ECSE providers, Respite care providers, and allowing limited enrollment for exempt prohibited individuals. (HB 3558, SB 283, HB 2599)
  • Adds Assault IV felony convictions to the list of disqualifying crimes for CBR enrollment to maintain federal compliance with the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF)

DELC would like to thank the participants who offered their time and expertise:

  • Johnna Timmes - Cultural Organization, Multnomah County
  • Danaye Gonzales - CCR&R Representative, Coos County
  • Anneliese Shehan - Child Care Provider/AFSCME Union, Clackamas County
  • Yeniar Moreira Rivero - Child Care Provider, Multnomah County
  • Laura Salazar - Child Care Provider, Washington County
  • Jaecie Lopez - Child Care Provider, Malheur County
  • Kim Aldinger - Child Care Provider, Lane County
  • Jennifer Mohler - Child Care Provider, Klamath County
  • Merissa Fettis - Child Care Provider, Lane County
  • Kim Huling - Child Care Provider, Umatilla County
  • Heather Freilinger - CCR&R Representative, Douglas County
  • Heather Rogen - Child Care Provider, Deschutes County
  • Vanessa Brown - Child Care Provider/AFSCME Union, Klamath County
Click here to view the RAC agenda
The Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) will be updating the Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for Certified School-Age Centers. The Child Care Licensing Division (CCLD) will create a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) to gather valuable feedback on proposed rule changes and identify supports that may be needed to implement the proposed changes. 

DELC would like to invite members of the following groups to apply to participate in the RAC: 
  • Directors/representatives from certified school-age centers from across the state 
  • Parents/family members of children in these types of programs
  • Community partners working with young children in child care settings
  • Early Learning Hub representatives
  • Tribal nation representatives
  • Child Care Resource and Referral representatives ​


Thank you to the participants who shared their time and expertise on school-age rules:​


Name 

 

Affiliation and Region 

 

Jennifer Simonson Child Care Providers, Portland Metro 
Kasie Mertzig Child Care Providers, Portland Metro 
Mina Smith Early Learning Hub, Portland Metro 
Annie Wahto Child Care Providers/Representatives from Advocacy Agencies, Springfield 
Faith Gerber Child Care Providers, Salem 
Carly Landau Child Care Providers, Portland Metro 
Kristy Heitling Child Care Providers, Salem  
Katy Rees Child Care Providers, Sandy 
Rachel Jackson Families/Child Care Providers, Eugene 
Matt Sorenson Child Care Providers, Eugene 
Arcelia Contreras Child Care Providers, Woodburn 
Dale Lewis Child Care Providers, Auburn 
Kaylee Baker Child Care Providers, Southern Oregon ​








​​Give us your feedback. Join our Rules Advisory Committee!​​

The Oregon Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) is creating a new rule set that will apply to all child care facilities. This rule set is known as “General Rules for All Child Care Facilities”. The Child Care Licensing Division (CCLD) is creating a Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) to gather valuable feedback on this new rule set.​ ​

These rules will be comprised of the following rule sections to be reviewed in the RAC:

  • Complaints and Investigations 
  • Exempt Prohibition, Unlawful Care, Civil Penalties 
  • Union Representative Participation in Contested Case Hearings 
  • Exempt Care ​​​

Thank you to the participants who shared their time and expertise on general rules:​


Name 

 

Affiliation and Region 

 

Alison Warren Child Care Provider - Multnomah County
Anneliese ShehanChild Care Provider, AFSCME Union Representative - Clackamas County
Anne-Marie Holloway Child Care Provider - Douglas County
Bethany Freimuth Child Care Provider - Lane County 
Brenda Sanders
Culturally Specific Community Based Org. - Lane County
Don Duncan Child Care Provider - Clackamas County
Kelly Heichel Child Care Provider - Douglas County
Valentina Brichuk​Child Care Provider - Marion County
The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is a prevention-based approach to working with early care and education (ECE) programs to support young children’s social and emotional development. 

This approach has been shown to reduce rates of preschool suspension and expulsion.For more information about IECMHC programs, visit ​https://www.iecmhc.org/

The IECMHC Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) is a group of community members who are helping agency staff shape and implement rule language for the IECMHC system, including the Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion 

​Prevention Program. Members will advise on requirements for ECE programs around suspension and expulsion.​​​ From September 1 to September 23,the draft Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program Rules were open for public comment. “Oregon ​Administrative Rules”, or “rules,” are written requirements that apply to people and businesses in Oregon. Government agencies often write rules when they create a new program.

Feedback on the draft rules was shared through a Feedback Form in English and Spanish and verbal testimony at the public hearing on September 20.

On September 28, the Early Learning Council adopted the administrative rules to begin implementation of the Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program.

Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 414, Division 580

For more information on these rules and the rulemaking process, visit the SEPP page.​​

​Thank you to the committee members who are helping craft the new rules:​

  • Carrie Ruggles-Abrajan – Parent; Saint Helens
  • Blanca Aldama-Morgan – AFSCME Child Care Provider; Albany
  • Leslee Barnes Director – Preschool & Early Learning, Multnomah County; Portland
  • Micki Fabian – Mental Health Service Coordinator, Cay-Uma-Wa Head Start; Pendleton
  • Lydia Gray-Holifield – Parent; Portland
  • Jennifer Hook – QIS Training & Training Manager, Blue Mountain CCR&R; Umatilla, Union & Morrow Counties
  • Zakkiyya Ibrahim – Director, Education Explorers; Tigard
  • Martina Jallad – Quality Improvement Specialist, Washington County CCR&R; Hillsboro
  • Erin Kinavey-Wennerstrom – Executive Director, Oregon Infant Mental Health Association; Eugene
  • Marsha La Verne – Director, Family Development Center; RoseburgHadiyah Miller – African American Family Childcare Network Coordinator, Multnomah County CCR&R, Portland
  • Ashley Newsom – Parent; Hillsboro
  • Amber Oldridge – AFSCME Child Care Provider; Grants Pass
  • Dominic Paz – Mentor Coach & Outreach Coordinator, Center for Healthy Children & Families, Oregon State University; Portland
  • Lauren Sigman – Early Learning Coordinator, Linn-Benton-Lincoln Early Learning Hub; Newport
  • Molly Williamson – Executive Director, FACT Oregon; Portland
  • ​​

Find the most updated rule language on the ELD calendar. Note: Rule language is draft and subject to change.

Summary: The Certified Child Care Centers Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) was created to gather valuable feedback on proposed rules and identify financial and equity effects that might result from the proposed updates. The rules will be implemented on January 1, 2024. In the last decade, there have been many changes in licensing and health and safety practices that are not reflected in the current CC rule set. The updates to the certified center rule set include updates to align with the best practices in the field and remove barriers for child care providers and staff to potentially increase child care capacity.


Process: The ELD has initiated this rule change in response to feedback from the field. After completion of the listening sessions, a community rule revision workgroup was convened to develop rule language to address the barriers identified in the listening sessions. Members of the workgroup identified several fiscal and operational impacts. OCC made modifications of draft rules to remove or minimize these impacts. The Rulemaking Advisory Committee will be held in April and May of 2023. Selection will include representatives from across the state, including those from small businesses/child care centers.

​​These Are The RAC Members Who Help With This Language

Corina Perez
Child Care Resource & Referral, Eastern Oregon
Debbie Radie
Child Care Providers, Boardman
Stephanie Lilly
Child Care Providers, Coos Bay
Grace Dietrich
Parent, Advocates, Portland Metro
Liz Farrar
Campbell Parent, Advocates, Gilliam County 
Angie Benson
Child Care Providers, Portland Metro
Tara Papandrew
Child Care Providers, Culturally Specific Organization/Community Based Program, Portland Metro
Valentina Brichuk
Child Care Providers, Culturally Specific Organization/Community Based Program, Salem
Carrie Graber
Child Care Providers, Eugene
Melissa Scott
Child Care Providers, Hillsboro
Micalene Stafford
Tribal Nations Representative, Warm Springs
Jessi Cordero
Child Care Providers, Southern Oregon
Rod Belknap
Early Learning Hub, Eastern Oregon
Becca Ellis
Child Care Providers, Bend
Judy Werkheiser
Child Care Providers, Statewide
Kara Parris
Child Care Providers, Washington County​

Certified Child Care RAC Agendas

April 27, 2023 Agenda

May 5, 2023 Agenda​
May 12, 2023 Agenda
May 19, 2023 Agenda
June 2, 2023 Agenda

Certified Child Care RAC Notes

If you have questions, please contact Abby Strom at abby.strom@ode.oregon.gov.

​Watch the public hearing from Thursday, June 1, 2023 ​

Read the public hearing officer’s report.

Hearing was Tuesday, May 16, 2023 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

If you have questions, please contact Jordan Pargeter at jordan.pargeter@ode.oregon.gov​.  ​

Hearing on Payment Rates and Late Payments Rule Change was November 17​, 2023​. 


Oregon Pre-Kindergarten, Preschool Promise, and the Early Childhood Equity Fund are all grant programs managed by the Early Learning Division. Early care and education providers apply to the Early Learning Division for funding through these grant programs in order to provide early learning services to low-income families across Oregon.​

​The Program Process Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) application period is now closed. Thank you for all who applied. We appreciate your interest in helping your community.


The School-Age Child Care Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) is a group of community members who help agency staff shape and implement rule language for school-age child care programs. This type of care is also known as out-of-school-time (OST) care and before- and afterschool care programs.

At this time, the School-Age Child Care RAC recruitment is closed. Thank you to the committee members who are helping craft the new rules:

Ashley Thrasher
Candice Henkin
Kristy Heitling
Amy Harboldt
Beth Unverzagt ​
Regan Gray
Caitlin Calip
Holly Kriz Anderson
Darcie Torres
Serena Gillson
Amanda Fly
Marcus Vela
Nayeli Samaniego
Jon Myers

​​The Fire Safety Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) is a group of community members who help agency staff shape rule language for fire safety in family child care programs. The Early Learning Division recently passed permanent fire safety rules to serve as an alternative to the Department of Consumer Business Services sprinkler requirement.

At this time, the Fire Safety RAC is closed. Thank you to the committee members who helped craft the final rules.

  • Vanessa Brown – Certified Family in Klamath Falls, OCCPT Central Regional Director
  • Anneliese Sheahan – Certified Family Portland Metro, previous RAC experience
  • Megan Patterson – Director of Center in Mount Angel. 20+ years in the field. First RAC – 23rd year as volunteer fire fighter
  • Ruth Parra – Child care provider for 20+ years in Beaverton
  • Shelia Ward – Certified Family provider for 30 years, part of Oregon shared service alliance. First RAC.
  • Regan Gray – Child Care Policy Advisor for Family Forward
  • Kelly Scales – Policy Analyst for OCC, rules work recently
  • Remy Watts – Rule Coordinator, ELC administrator
  • Alana Cox – Building Codes Division
  • Alicia Gardiner – Acting OCC Director
  • Abby Strom – OCC Regional Manager
  • Aimee Olin – AFSCME