Oregon Develops Plan for Strengthening the Home Visiting System
Best Beginnings, the prenatal-to-three committee of Oregon’s Early Learning Council, recently developed a plan to strengthen the state’s home visiting system.
Best Beginnings’ work was driven by a budget note passed by the state legislature in 2015 focused on creating a more integrated home visiting system. As required by the budget note, the report makes recommendations in three key areas:
- developing common outcomes that all state-funded home visiting programs could collect;
- integrating the professional development system for home visiting with that for other early childhood professionals; and
- identifying common data elements that could be collected as part of an initial screening to determine if families could benefit from home visiting services.
The report also includes a recommended implementation timeline and fiscal and administrative considerations. The preliminary report was approved by the Early Learning Council and Oregon Health Policy Board this summer. It will be presented to the state legislature for approval by the end of the year. ZERO TO THREE provided technical assistance to Best Beginnings over the past year, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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