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2017 Early Childhood Legislative Update: February 21, 2017


Early Childhood Legislative Priorities

A coalition of early childhood advocates, including Children’s Institute, has identified early childhood programs and services that should be funded if the legislature can raise additional revenue. The priorities include investments in high-quality preschool (Oregon Head Start Pre-Kindergarten and Preschool Promise), early intervention services for children with diagnosed developmental delays and disabilities (EI/ECSE), voluntary home visiting services, and more. Read our 2017 Legislative Priorities fact sheet for a complete list of early childhood legislative priorities.

Upcoming Opportunities for Action

Speak up. The Joint Committee on Ways and Means, responsible for writing and passing the state budget, is holding meetings across the state to hear from Oregonians about their priorities for funding in the 2017-19 budget. Attend a hearing and sign up to speak. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like more information. Upcoming hearings:

  • Friday, February 24, 5:00 PM, Southern Oregon University, Stevenson Union - Rogue River Room, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland
  • Saturday, February 25, 1:00 PM, Lane Community College, Forum (Building 17), Rooms 308-309, 4000 E 30th Ave., Eugene
  • Friday, March 3, 6:00 PM, Port of Tillamook Bay, Officers Mess Hall, 6825 Officers Row, Tillamook

Learn more. The House Committee on Early Childhood and Family Supports is conducting informational hearings about all early childhood programs and services in Oregon. Click the above link to see agendas and meeting information, including video feeds for watching hearings live.

Advocate. The Oregon Alliance for Early Intervention is planning a lobby day for Monday, April 10th. Contact the organization if you would like to register for the event.


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