Dedicated to providing scientific resources for families in Oregon
This website will feature groups and resources from around the state of Oregon that promote brain building, including “serve and return” activities, science-based supports, and creating healthy connections between children and caregivers.
Science shows that birth through age five is an important stage for brain development in children, which sets the foundation for social-emotional development, skill-building, and future learning.
Everyone has what it takes to be a brain builder!
About the Early Learning Division
The mission of the Early Learning Division (ELD) is to support all of Oregon’s young children and families to learn and thrive. We value equity, making a positive impact for children and families, dedication, integrity and collective wisdom to benefit Oregon children and families.
We work as an integrated team focused on: Child Care, Early Learning Programs and Cross Systems Navigation, Policy and Research, and Equity.
The programs supported by the ELD are under a collective umbrella responsible for positive outcomes for children and closing the opportunity gap for those furthest from opportunity. The Early Learning Division’s programs are aimed at preparing children for Kindergarten, helping to create stable and attached families, and bringing services together statewide. Programs include:
- Licensed Child Care
- Healthy Families Oregon
- Oregon Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start
- Oregon Relief Nurseries
- Preschool Promise
The ELD was created as part of the 2012 40/40/20 education goal and Governor Kate Brown’s vision for a seamless education system from birth through college. We are comprised as a collective of people from different units, and were put together to focus on the future of children.
Parents need a comprehensive system to find and access child care and early learning services. Providers need increased opportunity and access to professional development and supports that include culturally relevant, racially and economically diverse trainings that promote children’s optimal brain development. Recognizing this need, the Early Learning Division is partnering with 211Info to provide parent referrals!