Enhanced Rate & Scholarships

Enhanced Rate & Scholarships

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Enhanced Rate Program (ERP)

The Department of Human Services helps eligible parents pay for child care. Childhood care and education professionals who care for their children can receive a higher rate of pay by meeting certain training standards. The Enhanced Rate Program certifies providers who meet these standards.

Apply online or with the Enhanced Rate Program Application.

For training or DHS Listing help, please contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral. To find a Child Care Resource and Referral near you, visit triwou.org/projects/ccccrr or call 800-342-6712.

For help with rates and payments, please contact the DHS Direct Pay Unit at 800-699-9074.

Oregon’s Department of Human Services funds the Enhanced Rate Program.

Oregon’s Family Child Care Scholarship

Due to the rapidly growing participation in Oregon’s Family Child Care scholarship program, we have awarded the maximum amount of funding available for the 2020-2021 program year. For this reason, the OCCD is temporarily pausing Oregon’s Family Child Care Scholarship program as of July 22, 2020, until additional funding is available.

We are very grateful for the generosity of AFSCME’s Child Care Providers together in collaboration with the Early Learning Division for their continued support of Oregon’s children, families and early childhood educators. The OCCD will continue to seek funding to support the professional development of early childhood educators who are licensed family child care providers.

We would like to remind you of the following:

  • The individuals who have already been approved for the scholarship during this program year can continue using their vouchers to attend applicable training events while funding is still available.  The pause will affect new applications only.
  • The Betty Gray Scholarship is NOT paused.

Betty Gray Early Childhood Scholarship

The Betty Gray Early Childhood Scholarship supports the growth of quality child care in Oregon by providing financial support for training and education for childhood care and education professionals working in Oregon family child care, center child care, Head Start, and before/after school programs.

To be eligible for scholarship support, you must:

  • Be at an Oregon Registry Step 1 or above. If you do not already have a Step, you will receive an automatic evaluation for a Step 1 or 2 when you apply for the Betty Gray Early Childhood Scholarship.
  • Work directly with children at least 20 hours a week in an Oregon Office of Child Care licensed (Certified or Registered) child care facility.
  • Identify specific professional or training goals which align with the scholarship program goals.

Scholarship awards are based on Oregon Registry Step.

At Step 1-8.5, you may apply for:

  • Conference registration fees
  • Cohort training registration fees
  • Oregon Community College tuition (We must receive your application by December 23 (PCC December 10) for Winter 2021)
  • Oregon Community College Transcription
  • CDA Credential application fee

At Step 1-12, you may apply for:

  • Degree Translation/Evaluation
  • Oregon Registry Credential application fee
  • Oregon Registry Credential Observation reimbursement

At Step 9-12, you may apply for:

  • Advanced Cohort training registration fees

Apply online or with the Betty Gray Early Childhood Scholarship Application.

The Oregon Community Foundation's Betty Gray Early Childhood Development Endowment Fund provides funding for the Betty Gray Early Childhood Scholarship.