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Unlicensed Child Care Approved by Gov. Brown
Some experts predict a continued labor shortage

In the face of a labor crisis in low-wage workers, including child care workers, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued an executive order allowing unlicensed childcare facilities in Oregon. According to the Governor's executive order, because of the Delta variant, "These challenging circumstances highlight the critical importance of our childcare infrastructure to support working parents, including parents who are healthcare providers, and our youngest Oregonians."

The executive order reads, in part:

An entity or individual can be approved to operate a temporary unlicensed emergency childcare facility as authorized by order of the Early Learning Division if the entity or individual meets and complies with all requirements for emergency childcare as provided by the Early Learning Division, including any conditions imposed on the emergency childcare approval. The Early Learning Division may issue guidance to implement this directive.

A childcare worker may satisfy the requirement to be enrolled in the Central Background Registry through an Emergency Background Check as authorized by order of the Early Learning Division and in accordance to guidance issued by the Early Learning Division. The Early Learning Division may issue guidance to implement this directive.

As Oregonians continue to receive extended unemployment benefits, some experts predict a continued labor shortage, especially in low-wage employment.


--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-09-07 10:54:40Last Update: 2021-09-07 11:21:22



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