Notes from Amber and Tracey, Co-Directors of Education
Due to our Oregon Program of Quality (OPQ) designation, Peninsula is able to offer our families even more benefits. OPQ is a designation indicating a program has met an identified, research-based measure of quality. The six quality standards are: collaborative family partnerships, child development and learning, physical environment, highly qualified personnel, administration & business practices, and health & safety. In 2012, 23 programs (eleven certified centers - including Peninsula, ten certified family providers, and two registered family providers) achieved OPQ designation through their participation in the OPQ field test.
Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) is contracting with OPQ programs for 12-month child care slots for Employment Related Day Care-eligible families. The three key goals for the field test are:
• for children to have access to continuous quality care,
• for providers to have stable funding in serving low income children in quality programs,
• and for families to have continuity of quality child care to support their employment.
A parent must be working at least 25 hours per week upon enrollment and children must be in care at least 136 hours per month to participate. Parents must also qualify for the ERDC program. Programs will receive monthly payments for each filled slot. Families receive one year, protected-eligibility contracted slots for children ages zero through six. Children receive continuous, quality care for the contract year and priority for a contracted slot for the following year. This is a great benefit to families who may have tenuous employment situations and risk losing their funding for child care. It is difficult for families
to obtain employment if they do not have safe, reliable child care options. With DHS once again placing families on a waitlist for services, OPQ centers will be exempt from the wait list, which is another advantage.
If you would like more information about this program, or wish to apply, please see Amber or Tracy.
For current ERDC families, please submit your paperwork to Tracy by Friday, December 7. Please make getting this paperwork completed and returned to her a priority! Thank you.