2011 ORS § 657A.110¹

The Legislative Assembly believes that:

(1) Child care resource and referral programs involving a statewide network of local resource and referral agencies coordinated centrally are essential to long-range solutions to the child care crisis. Services may be both public and private ventures, which meet the needs of diverse audiences including, but not limited to:

(a) Parents for consumer education to find, select and maintain quality child care;

(b) Providers for access to training and consultation;

(c) Employers for cost-effective solutions to meet the needs of their workforce;

(d) Communities to plan effectively for improvements to the system; and

(e) The state for the need of a productive workforce.

(2) The state has an essential role in solving the child care crisis by becoming a stable partner with parents, local communities, employers and private contributors in developing solid child care resource and referral agencies for all citizens. [Formerly 418.344]