Oregon Infant Care: Parent Voices for Change
Oregon families, especially those with
infants and toddlers, struggle to find care and education for their children. In
fact, families with infants and toddlers in every Oregon county live in a child care desert. Parents’ ability to
work, their physical and mental health, family stability, and children’s health
and development, are all tied to having quality, affordable choices for infant
care. It’s critical for partners, advocates and decision makers to be aware of
this very real problem for Oregon families, and inform system and policy
decisions related to infant care.
Oregon Families’ Stories
Watch and listen to these six powerful
stories of Oregon families and how they have been impacted by the struggle to
find quality, affordable infant care and other related supports:
some ideas to improve access to affordable, high quality child care in Oregon:
about Oregon’s child care supply crisis so
you can talk about it with others:
Cost of Care in Oregon
Learn more about why the quality of child care matters so much:
about why affordable and accessible child care matters so much:
about Oregon Child Care Rules so that you can advocate for safety and quality
in all programs
with groups that champion the cause of women,
children, and families
resources and tell others about them:
Questions? Contact Oregon MCH
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High quality child care is essential for our children, our families and our society
Childhood care and education (CCE) providers play a key role in children’s lives. Healthy, safe and nurturing CCE environments and a skilled CCE workforce using best practices can preserve, protect and promote children’s health and well-being and build a foundation for lifelong health and learning.
When CCE is healthy, families can work, go to school and participate in their community assured that their children’s needs are met, and their community will have a healthier future.
Oregon Kids: Healthy and Safe (OKHS) is a training and online resource that early care and education professionals can use to provide healthy and safe environments and practices for children in their care.
Download OKHS Marketing Cards
in English (pdf) in Spanish (pdf)