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Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers at Risk (Oregon)

Feb 9, 2016

This joint 2012 Expanding Access to Early Head Start: State Initiatives for Infants and Toddlers at Risk report by ZERO TO THREE and CLASP draws on newly conducted research on state efforts to expand and enhance access to Early Head Start services for infants, toddlers, and their families.

The federal Early Head Start program was created to help minimize the disparities caused by poverty by supporting the healthy development of expectant mothers and low-income infants and toddlers in the context of their families and communities. However, less than 4 percent of babies and toddlers who are eligible for Early Head Start are currently being served. This report describes the diverse strategies states are using to build upon Early Head Start and offers recommendations for states interested in expanding this proven program. It builds on a previous paper, Building on the Promise: State Initiatives to Expand Access to Early Head Start for Young Children and their Families, released by the two organizations in 2008.

For further information on state, see the following pages in Expanding Access to Early Head Start:

  • Page 8: Text. Direct funds specifically to EHS. In Oregon, all federally funded EHS programs, including Tribal EHS programs, are provided state funding to increase the number of children served

  • Page 8: Text Box. New State Funding In a Time of Budget Cuts: Oregon EHS

  • Page 10: Table. Funding Mechanisms for State EHS Initiatives

  • Page 17: APPENDIX. Initiatives that expand the capacity of Early Head Start (EHS) programs to increase the number of children and pregnant women served

Read the full report at www.zerotothree.org/expandingehs.

Since 1991, Oregon has extended the day/year of existing Early Head Start services.

Since 2010, Oregon has continued to expand the capacity of existing EHS programs by including a line item in the state budget for EHS. The number of slots for this commitment grew from 59 slots in 2010 to 68 slots in 2014.

Starting in 2012, Oregon has further expanded the capacity of EHS program by selecting the EHS home-based program option as one of the models to implement under the MIECHV program.

In 2014 Oregon received notification for estimated new funding for EHS expansion and EHS-CC Partnerships. The projected number of children to be served with this funding is 256.

In 2014:

  • Federally-Funded Early Head Start Slots totaled 1362
  • State-Funded Early Head Start Slots totaled 68
  • Early Head Start Home Visiting Office of Head Start-Funded Slots totaled 767
  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Funded Slots totaled 40

Learn more about 2014 Oregon EHS updates at https://www.nhsa.org/files/resources/oregon_fact_sheet.pdf

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