Oregon Passes Early Childhood Legislation
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Oregon passed a major early childhood bill in March, 2012 to improve coordination among early childhood programs, increase access for families most in need of services, and establish accountability measures. House Bill 4165 eliminates the Oregon Commission on Children and Families and the Oregon Commission on Childcare, transferring the programs and responsibilities to the recently established Early Learning Council (ELC). As part of its efforts to streamline early childhood services, the ELC is required to submit a proposal for a global budgeting approach for early learning services to the legislature by 2013. The last official day for the Oregon Commission on Children and Families was June 29, 2012. Their responsibilities will further be consolidated under the new Early Learning Council. As of July 2012, the search for a director of the ELC continues.