Oregon Early Learners Facts & Findings

A major purpose of the Oregon Early Learner website is to ease access to data and research on Oregon young children and families for policy makers, practitioners, other researchers, and anyone who would like to know more about Oregon’s families and children ages prenatal through 3rd grade.

The website is managed by the Oregon Child Care Research Partnership (OCCRP) and housed at Oregon State University. OCCRP brings together representative of state child care agencies, public and private universities and research organizations, child care resource and referral, and early learning practitioners, to provide accurate and reliable findings to inform early learning decision making.

Partners work collaboratively to provide this information. This website provides easy access to the work of these partner organizations. The website is partially supported by a grant from the Oregon Early Learning Division, Oregon Department of Education. Visit the Oregon Early Learning Division website.


Membership of the Oregon Child Care Research Partnership

Oregon Child Care Research Partnership members come from a range of organizations, including public and private universities, State agencies, and community early learning organizations. Members bring knowledge and perspectives of these diverse organizations although they do not formally represent them. Members belong to one of the groups listed below. We provide a link to the website for each so you can learn more about the group.

The Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services, School of Social Work, Portland State University
The Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services (CICFS) works in partnership with early learning programs, families, and funders to provide research and evaluation to drive policy and practice. The Center has a long history of community-based research that generate information about "what works" to support child and family well being starting at birth.

Center for Governance and Public Policy Research, Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
The center performs high quality, policy-relevant research about organizational governance and transformation issues, concentrating on the financial components.

Child Care Partners, Columbia Gorge Community College
Child Care Partners provides high quality training and professional development to our early learning and education work force, supporting them in their journey of continuous quality improvement. We strive to develop strong, supportive relationships and trust with early learning professionals in our communities.

Child Care Resource & Referral in Washington & Columbia Counties
A program of Community Action in Washington County, CCR&R provides technical assistance with Spark (Oregon’s Quality Rating Improvement System), professional development and business practices. CCR&R also provides Oregon employers with resource and program development expertise so they can help their employees with child care and other family needs. 

The Connect Research Group, Oregon State University-Cascades
The Connect Research Group identifies strategies to support young children, families, and communities to overcome adversity and build resilience.

The Early Childhood Council at Portland State University
The Early Childhood Council at Portland State University fosters interdisciplinary and innovative community partnerships creating opportunities for professional development, research, advocacy, and services to children and families. The Early Childhood Council provides leadership, through collaboration, engagement, and communication, to prioritize the interdisciplinary expertise needed to promote the holistic nature of early childhood within the metropolitan area and beyond. Given the dynamic and complex nature of early childhood, we recognize the strong collective impact of interdisciplinary supports and community voice, such as: family support; special needs and early intervention; health, mental health and nutrition; and, early care and education.

Early Learning Division, Oregon Department of Education
The mission of Early Learning Division (ELD) is to support all of Oregon’s young children and families to learn and thrive. The Division works as an integrated team focused on: child care, early learning programs and cross systems integration, policy and research, and equity.

The Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, Oregon State University.  The Hallie Ford Center
The center advocates a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to research, training and outreach that has far-reaching consequences for Oregon and beyond.

Self-Sufficiency Programs, Oregon Department of Human Services
The Self-Sufficiency Program provides Employment Related Day Care and other basic supports for low-income Oregon families.

Maternal and Child Health Section, Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, Oregon Health Authority
Promoting health and well-being for children and families in child care is one of the goals of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section.  MCH is home to the statewide population-based surveys Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) and PRAMS-2. PRAMS collects data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during and shortly after pregnancy, and PRAMS-2 resurveys PRAMS mothers when their child is two-year old.

OregonASK: Expanded Learning Partnership
OregonASK is a collaboration of public and private organizations and community members which seek to address common-issues and concerns across all out-of-school time services- child care, recreation, education and youth development. The OregonASK is the affiliate to the National Afterschool Association and a member state of the National Network of Afterschool Networks

Oregon Center for Career Development, Portland State University
The Oregon Center for Career Development in Childhood Care and Education (OCCD) provides leadership in the development and operation of integrated and statewide professional development standards and systems. OCCD promotes professional development to achieve high quality care and education for children and youth, and creates and supports training and education. OCCD is home to Oregon Registry Online, the statewide database that stores all training and education submitted for system use.

Oregon Child Care Research Partnership, Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, Oregon State University
Since 1989 Oregon policy makers, practitioners, and researchers have partnered to ensure that early care and education decisions are based on accurate and reliable data and research. Since 2002, Oregon State University has convened and facilitated this work.  Publications and other work can be found on the Partnership website.

The Search Research Lab, Oregon State University
The goal of The Search Research Lab is to understand how classroom interactions and relationships support adaptive emotion regulation and activity in the stress response system for young children.

The Research Institute at Western Oregon University
The Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University improves the quality of life for individuals by facilitating positive change in education, health, and human services systems. To attain this vision, TRI conducts a comprehensive multi-disciplinary program of research, evaluation, program/model training, development, technical assistance, direct service, and dissemination serving both typical and special populations of all ages at the local, state, regional, and national levels.