Oregon’s Early Childhood Coalition Releases 2021 Legislative Report

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by Celeste Yager-Kandle



In 2021, parents, child care providers, and community organizations on Oregon’s Early Childhood Coalition (ECC) advocated for early childhood policies to support young children, families, and communities furthest from justice. In order for our state to move forward, all of Oregon’s children need access to the resources and supports necessary to thrive.

Highlights from the 2021 legislative session include:

  • A Department of Education budget with increased funding for many early childhood programs to serve an additional 4000 children
  • The creation of a tribal early learning hub
  • A reform of Oregon’s child care subsidy system
  • Bills to eliminate suspension and expulsion in early care and education programs

This January, the ECC is pleased to release a 2021 Legislative Report, which summarizes the policies that did and did not pass, recognizes legislative champions, and urges policymakers to continue what they started last year, as they convene for a short session in 2022 and prepare for 2023.

Read the report below and sign-up for our newsletter to receive updates about our 2022 legislative agenda, and other early childhood news.




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