Raise Up Oregon Progress Report for 2019-2020 Released
The Early Learning Council released a new report this month offering an update on the progress of Raise Up Oregon, the state’s five-year strategic early learning system plan. The Progress Report showcases advances across five state agencies between January 2019 and September 2020 on the three system goals:
- Children arrive ready for kindergarten
- Children are raised in healthy, stable, and attached families
- The Early Learning System is aligned, coordinated, and family-centered
Raise Up Oregon: A Statewide Early Learning System Plan was developed in 2018 at the request of Governor Kate Brown as a blueprint for agencies and sectors to work together and avoid silos in building equitable systems to serve Oregon’s young children and families. It calls for leaders from early care and education, K-12, health, housing, and human services to collaborate on this critical period of children’s lives.
“COVID-19 has had a profound impact and has reinforced the importance of the strategies in Raise Up Oregon and the urgency of this collaborative work,” said Sue Miller, Early Learning Council chair. “The report shows significant progress with new investments in housing, child welfare, health, and early care and education, along with greater coordination among agencies, as bright spots in supporting families.”
Highlights in the report include Universally Offered Home Visiting, which connects families of newborns with comprehensive supports, paid family leave, housing stabilization services through Oregon Housing and Community Services, and the launch of an Early Childhood Equity Fund through the Student Success Act, along with further expansion of and historic investments in early care and education. Oregon also worked to protect the supply of child care during the pandemic by providing emergency grants to child care providers and suspended family co-payments and increasing income eligibility for families receiving child care assistance.
“We know income, race and zip code are predictors of whether young children experience the conditions that are optimal for healthy development,” said Early Learning System Director Miriam Calderon. “We can only break the link on these factors by changing the circumstances of families and creating more opportunities during a child’s first 2,000 days.”
The Early Learning Council will continue to monitor progress towards implementing Raise Up Oregon, as it identifies priorities for the coming year.
ELD Releases Updates to COVID-19 Guidelines for Child Care and Early Education
The Early Learning Division announced minor updates to the “Health and Safety Guidelines for Child Care and Early Education Operating During COVID-19.” The Amendments are posted to ELD’s
COVID-19 “For Providers” page. The updates take effect immediately and some were already in practice. The majority of the guidelines are unchanged. Changes were made with feedback from child care providers over the past couple months about their operations.
The changes help clarify some questions from providers and best align with the latest safety and health information from the
Oregon Health Authority. Most of these changes were made in response to our growing understanding of how COVID-19 spreads from person to person. Some of the updates include the following:
- Removes requirement to take temperature of children; can rely on statement from parent or guardian.
- Adopts updated public health guidance regarding infectious period and quarantine.
- Removes reference to county phases and group sizes for “baseline” status.
- Removes requirement for clean outer or extra layer during health check, when feeding an infant, or when acting as a floater.
- Eases some of the process involved with health checks before, during, or after transportation to the child care facility.
- For home-based child care, changes “required” to “strongly encouraged” to keep three (3) feet distance between people in the vehicle during transport.
- Option for entering facility during drop-off or pick-up if there is severe, inclement weather.
Additional changes make clear that volunteers or additional staff are limited, and recommends against (but does not prohibit) use of plastic face shields as a face covering.
Last Chance to Nominate a Teacher!
January 31 is the last day to
nominate some great teachers for 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year! Thanks to our partnership with the Oregon Lottery, the Oregon Teacher of the Year program will again honor exemplary educators in every region of the state!
- Nomination period closes Sunday, January 31, 2021 at
- Nominated teachers then submit their applications by Saturday, March 27, 2021.
Education Service Districts will select a winner from their region.
- Regional Teachers of the Year will be honored across the state in May 2021!
- One of the Regional Teachers of the Year will be named the 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year next school year!
nominate a teacher online, and each Regional Teacher of the Year will be in the running for the honor of 2022 Oregon Teacher of the Year. Please
contact program coordinator Jenni Knaus with any questions.
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