Oregon

In Oregon, our allies are at the forefront of one of the biggest early childhood state legislative commitments in the country.

State Allies:

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Children's Institute • Portland, OR
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Top Priorities for 2020

Work with a newly formed child care taskforce to develop solutions to our child care crisis

Pass any outstanding bills in the short 2020 session

Gather input from parents and early childhood providers about what our top priorities should be moving forward

In 2019, Oregon advocates helped pass the Student Success Act, which will generate $1 billion per year in new tax revenue with a minimum of 20% dedicated to a comprehensive package of early childhood programs and services.

  • $27.14 million of the early learning budget directed to programs and services for infants and toddlers
  • $75.2 million for additional full-day slots in the state preschool program, an increase in teacher pay, and to provide transportation for Oregon pre-kindergarten
  • $37.5 million for early intervention and early childhood special education services
  • $12.5 million for the professional development of the early childhood workforce
  • $10 million for a new early learning equity fund to support culturally specific early learning, early childhood, and parent support programs

The Alliance for Early Success is achieving large-scale, long-lasting change for the state’s young children by providing our allies with powerful advantages that help them shape Oregon early childhood policy.

  • Strategic, Outcomes-Focused Investments
  • Consulting and Strategy
  • Direct Access to National Expertise
  • Rapid Response Support
  • Connections/Access to Allies in Similar States
  • Roles in National Communities of Practice

News from Oregon:

Oregon Legislature Creates Early Childhood Task Force

The Joint Task Force on Access to Quality Affordable Child Care, formed following last year’s passage of HB 2346, includes state lawmakers, early care and education providers, business leaders, parents, and Alliance for Early Success ally Children’s Institute.

Oregon Advocates Report on Alliance-Funded “Deep Listening” Work

Advocates from several states recently began a “beneficiary voices” project that focuses on incorporating deep listening as a crucial component of policy solution development. Dana Hepper, Policy Director at the Children’s Institute (Oregon), recounts the project kickoff — a site visit to the incredibly diverse town of Clarkston, GA.

Oregon Celebrates Historic Funding Victories for Young Children

Oregon early childhood advocates are celebrating passage of the Student Success Act (HB 3427) — a historic investment of $1 billion per year with 20 percent of the budget, or $200 million per year, dedicated for early childhood programs. The Children’s Institute reports on the breakdown, and the state’s five major funding victories for early childhood.