In 2022, Oregon Legislature passed HB 5202 and approved funding to establish the Early Childhood Suspension and Expulsion Prevention Program. Once launched, the Early Learning Division (ELD) program will provide supportive services to early care and education providers to help prevent suspension and expulsion of young children from early care settings, especially based on race, ethnicity, language, ability or any intersectionality.
On September 28, the Early Learning Council adopted the administrative rules to begin implementation of the program. In 2023, the program will begin recruitment and outreach for regional service providers, coordinate community engagement in partnership with Trauma Informed Oregon and continue to develop service delivery methods, standards and goals.
Please visit the Early Learning website for program updates and announcements.