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Recruiting all Trainers!

The Oregon Center for Career Development (OCCD) is excited to announce a NEW Training of Trainers (TOT) session for the Early Words Language and Literacy Development 2014 standardized curriculum! This TOT session will take place in Pendleton, Oregon on November 7th, 2014 and is open to both new and existing Early Words trainers. For information and application materials, please click here.

The Oregon Center for Career Development welcomes a new Training and Education Specialist!

The Oregon Center for Career Development is thrilled to welcome Hillary Hyde to the Oregon Registry Trainer Program Team! She will be working alongside Sonia Thomas as a Training and Education Specialist in our office. Hillary brings more than 15 years of experience in the childhood care and education field and most recently worked as the EI/ECSE Outreach Specialist housed at the Multnomah County Child Care Resource and Referral where she helped bridge child care and Early Childhood Special Education. She is a Master Trainer and has done many trainings for child care providers on inclusion, family development/family strengthening and other topics. We are excited that she will be assisting us with various Oregon Registry Trainer Program projects including taking over the quality assurance of the statewide Training Calendar! Welcome Hillary!

Continuation of the Oregon Registry Step application fee waiver!

In response to partner and front line staff input as well as access to the resources through the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant, the $10 Oregon Registry Step application fee waiver will continue for another year, until June 30, 2015.  An application is still required in order to evaluate your training and education documents for an Oregon Registry Step 3 or higher.  Remember, if you have a degree in the field, you only need to turn in a copy of that diploma or a transcript that has the degree listed with your application. Oregon Registry Step applications can be accessed at pdx.edu/occd/forms-and-resources and should be turned into the Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education (OCCD).  Review teams will award the highest Step possible based on submitted documentation.

Professional development resources now available in Russian!

The Oregon Registry Step application has been translated into Russian. Access this new resource at: pdx.edu/occd/forms-and-resources

Oregon’s Childhood Care and Education Professional Development Plan (PDP) has also been translated into Russian. Access this new resource at pdx.edu/occd/sites/www.pdx.edu.occd/files/PDP_Russian.pdf

Statewide Scholarships available for 2014-15!

We are pleased to announce that the Statewide Scholarship Program has again received funding from the Oregon Community Foundation!  Funding is available for community based training (cohorts and conferences), college coursework and credentials (CDAs and Oregon Registry Credentials), as well as transcription and translation/ evaluation for degrees earned outside of the United States.

We are also thrilled to let you know about an additional opportunity for providers who are working on AA/AAS degrees to apply for Race to the Top Supplemental Scholarships. These scholarships will pay for college tuition and fees, as well as provide payments directly to the individual to help with indirect costs like books, child care, transportation, school supplies, etc.

Please check out our website for the details and application materials. 

Oregon Registry fun facts!

As of June 30, 2014…..

  • There are 9039 individuals who have achieved an Oregon Registry Step 3 or higher! This is a 2000 increase over this time last year and almost 300 more than last month.
  • OCCD received 666 Oregon Registry Step applications in May 2014! This is a significant jump from the 487 received in March and 66 more than we received in April
  • 2119 providers have received education awards between July 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014, totaling $720,800.

Developmental Screening Resources

  • As an early learning provider, you have the unique and exciting opportunity to make sure every child in your program can participate in developmental screening. You are an important resource for parents and you play a big role in giving children in your community the best chance at success. 
  • As you know, developmental screening is one of Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) standards for early learning programs to reach a 3-star quality rating.
  • The Oregon Health Authority, in partnership with the Early Learning Division and the University of Oregon, will be providing support to early learning providers regarding developmental screening. 
  • Please review the flier, contact your local child care resource and referral for training information, visit asqoregon.com for more resources, or:

DHS Basic Health and Safety Online Training

A new pre-service Health and Safety training is required effective April 1, 2014 for all Licensed Exempt and Registered Family Child Care Providers. The Office of Child Care (OCC) and Department of Human Services (DHS) received Federal notification in July of 2013 regarding Health and Safety training requirements for Child Care Providers. This new regulation affects License-Exempt and Registered Family Child Care Providers who care for children receiving a DHS child care subsidy. 

The new required Health and Safety training covers three specific areas; prevention and control of infectious disease, building and physical premises safety, and health and safety. This is a pre-service training. This means the training will need to be completed before a child care provider can be approved and listed with DHS. If you are currently listed with DHS you will not be required to take the training until you reach your next reevaluation date.