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The Early Learning Division (ELD) at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is dedicated to providing high-quality early childhood education and support for families in the state. With a focus on early learning programs and services, the ELD aims to ensure that all children in Oregon have access to the resources they need to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.
Why Early Learning Matters
Early learning plays a crucial role in a child’s development. It lays the foundation for lifelong learning and sets the stage for future success in school and beyond. Research shows that children who participate in quality early learning programs have better cognitive, social, and emotional outcomes compared to those who do not.
Early Learning Programs
The ELD offers a wide range of early learning programs tailored to meet the diverse needs of children and families in Oregon. These programs include:
- Preschool Promise: This program provides free or low-cost preschool to eligible children, ensuring they have access to a quality early education regardless of their family’s income.
- Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education: This program supports children with developmental delays or disabilities, providing them with individualized services and resources to help them reach their full potential.
- Healthy Families Oregon: This program offers home visiting services to support families in providing a nurturing and healthy environment for their young children.
Support for Early Childhood Educators
The ELD recognizes the important role that early childhood educators play in a child’s development. The division provides ongoing professional development opportunities, resources, and support to educators to enhance their teaching practices and improve outcomes for children.
Quality Rating and Improvement System
The ELD has implemented a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to assess and improve the quality of early learning programs in Oregon. Through the QRIS, programs are evaluated based on specific quality standards and receive support to enhance their practices and provide the best possible learning experiences for children.
Parent and Family Engagement
The ELD recognizes that parents and families are a child’s first and most important teachers. The division actively involves parents and families in the early learning process by providing resources, workshops, and support to help them engage in their child’s education and development.
Early Learning Hubs
The ELD collaborates with Early Learning Hubs across the state to strengthen the coordination of early childhood services and supports. These hubs bring together community partners, parents, and educators to identify and address the unique needs of their local communities.
The Early Learning Division at the Oregon Department of Education is committed to providing high-quality early learning opportunities for children in Oregon. By offering a range of programs and services, supporting educators, and engaging families, the ELD is working towards ensuring that every child has a strong foundation for future success.