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Nomination Process for Child and Family Well-being Measurement Workgroup

Posted in OHSA News

On behalf of the Joint Early Learning Council (ELC) and Oregon Health Policy Board (OHPB) Subcommittee [Joint Subcommittee], the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is seeking nominations for participation on a cross-system, Child and Family Well-being Measurement workgroup.

The Joint Subcommittee was convened in December 2012 to ensure alignment between health and early learning system transformation. Its work plan includes the creation of a statewide, coordinated approach to measuring child and family well-being. The approach should help breakdown traditional silos and drive cross-sector strategic planning.

The workgroup will be asked to recommend a set of cross-sector measures and/or indicators in the following five domains: family stability, education, prevention, health care and access, and systems of care. Representatives from a broad set of stakeholders are encouraged to apply, particularly those with quality measurement expertise and a commitment to alignment across child and family-serving systems such as health, early learning, education, and human services. 

The workgroup will meet monthly throughout 2014 beginning no later than June.Meetings may also be held in 2015, depending on need, and would likely be quarterly. Meetings will be held in Salem or Portland.

To submit an application, please complete the nomination form (http://www.oregon.gov/oha/elcohpbdocs/Child%20and%20Family%20Well-Being%20Measures%20Workgroup%20application.pdf) and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Monday, May 5, 2014.

For more details on the workgroup, visit http://www.oregon.gov/oha/Pages/elc-ohpb.aspx

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Know Any Outstanding Head Start Directors or Staff?

Posted in OHSA News

The Bammy Awards are currently accepting nominations to acknowledge excellence throughout the education field -- from teachers, principals and superintendents, to school nurses, support staff, advocates, researchers, early childhood specialists, education journalists and parents -- including two categories just for Head Start.

The Awards aim to foster cross-discipline recognition of excellence in education, encourage collaboration and respect in and across the various domains, elevate education and education successes in the public eye, and raise the profile and voices of the many undervalued and unrecognized people who are making a difference in the field.

Find out more and nominate someone in your community!

Lynne Angland Award Nominations are Open!

Posted in OHSA News

The Lynne Angland Award recognizes people and organizations who improve safety, quality, affordability, and access to child care at state and local levels. An annual award, it both memorializes Lynne and spotlights the incredible ongoing work dedicated to improving care. 

To submit your nomination – a person, facility, or organization – please submit a 250-word essay to the Early Learning Council explaining the attached criteria. Deadline for submission is 5pm, May 1, 2014. The recipient will be announced at the May 22nd Early Learning Council meeting in Pendleton.

More information is available here.

State Releases Special Education Child Count and Report Cards

Posted in OHSA News

(Salem, Ore) – Today, Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton released the 2013-14 Special Education Child Count which provides the current number of special education students, by disability, in Oregon. According to the report, the number of students receiving special education services has remained relatively steady since the 2012-13 school year, with an increase of 637 students or 0.75%.  Special education students continue make up 13.3% of the student population in Oregon.

The Loss of a Head Start Hero

Posted in OHSA News

We were saddened to hear about the death of Lori Hart on March 23, 2014. Lori had a long history with OHSA, including serving on our Executive Board for several years. Most recently, she was the driving force behind the Head Start Heroes grant, which is still under development.

Lori requested that donations be made to us, in lieu of flowers. We are grateful for her continuing commitment to children, even after her death. If you would like to donate, you can use the donate button below, or mail us a check. If you donate online, please add in the "special instructions to the seller" section that your donation is in memory of Lori Hart.

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