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Save ERDC
There is a hole to fill in the 2013-2015 ERDC Budget. Please join our ONE Voice for Child Care partners in our efforts to save the Oregon ERDC program for low-income working families who have not recently left the TANF program. Link to the Save ERDC website.

Collaborate
Work with us to change attitudes and policies and to promote professional standards and better compensation and working conditions. OregonAEYC is represented on state policy bodies including the Childhood Care and Education Coordinating Council and the Early Childhood Initiatives Advisory Committee. We participate in collaborative efforts to ensure quality care and education for all young children.

OregonAEYC has been active in such past policy initiatives as:

  • Increasing standards for child care center and certified family home licensing
  • Establishing standards for family child care
  • Adding the early childhood endorsement to the licensure for public school teachers
  • Expansion of training opportunities and requirements for child care
  • Creation and expansion of the Oregon Head Start Pre-kindergarten program

    Oregon Public Policy Issues
    Oregon's Legistature is now in their short 2014 session with a revneue forecast due out on February 12th. Visit their website to learn more about the legislative process. You can do a search with your address to find out who your legislators are. Sign up for legislative updates on topics of interest to you, track bills, or contact your legislators. Check out the Oregon Legislative website through this link.

Federal Policy Issues
Most of the funding for child care in Oregon, other than the fees paid by parents, comes from the federal government. For information on public policy issues at the federal level and to join the Children’s Champions alert system, please visit NAEYC’s Children’s Champions website.

Early Learning Council
Part of the Council's work is the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment. This is a sample of one of the tools that is being used, the Child Behavior Rating Scale.
Cover Sheet and Instructions
Child Behavior Rating Scale

The results of the first statewide testing have now been posted at the ODE website.
An article on the results appeared in the Oregonian on Saturday, February 1st.
A response was sent by Stephanie Feeney, Ph.D.
The Governing Council of OregonAEYC has submitted it's own response.
Another letter from Lindy Delf, retired elementary teacher.

Questions about Oregon Public Policy activities?
Contact OAEYC at: OAEYC@oregonaeyc.org

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