The Oregon Child Care Research Partnership conducts research related to child care policy at the local and state levels. The Partnership also works on national-level research through participation in the Administration for Children and Families' Child Care Policy Research Consortium, a collaboration of child care policy researchers who work together to build the body of knowledge about child care at the state and national levels.
The mission of the Oregon Child Care Research Partnership is to ensure that basic information about childhood care and education in Oregon is current, accurate, and available on local, regional, and state levels and is accessible to all decision-makers.
The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families of the federal Department of Health and Human Services is the organization that leads national efforts to inform child care policy through research.
The Oregon Child Care Research Partnership operates as a part of Extension Family Community Health of Oregon State University. The partnership brings together university-based researchers, state agency early learning staff, the network of child care resource and referral agencies, and child care practitioners. The group engages parents in its research activities whenever possible. Working together, partners identify research that is needed to support child care decisions, carry out research projects, and disseminate findings.