2017 ORS 326.425¹
Early Learning Council
  • purpose
  • members
  • rules

(1) The Early Learning Council is established.

(2) The council is established to oversee a unified system of early learning services for the purpose of ensuring that children enter school ready to learn. The Early Learning Council shall ensure that children enter school ready to learn by:

(a) Serving as the state advisory council for purposes of the federal Head Start Act, as provided by ORS 417.796 (State advisory council for federal Head Start Act purposes).

(b) Implementing and overseeing a system that coordinates the delivery of early learning services.

(c) Overseeing the Oregon Early Learning System created by ORS 417.727 (Oregon Early Learning System).

(3) The council consists of members appointed as provided by subsections (4) and (5) of this section.

(4)(a) The Governor shall appoint nine voting members who are appointed for a term of four years and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. A person appointed under this subsection may not be appointed to serve more than two consecutive full terms as a council member.

(b) When determining whom to appoint to the council under this subsection, the Governor shall:

(A) Ensure that each congressional district of this state is represented;

(B) Ensure that each member meets the following qualifications:

(i) Demonstrates leadership skills in civics or the member’s profession;

(ii) To the greatest extent practicable, contributes to the council’s representation of the geographic, ethnic, gender, racial and economic diversity of this state; and

(iii) Contributes to the council’s expertise, knowledge and experience in early childhood development, early childhood care, early childhood education, family financial stability, populations disproportionately burdened by poor education outcomes and outcome-based best practices; and

(C) Solicit recommendations from the Speaker of the House of Representatives for at least two members and from the President of the Senate for at least two members.

(5) In addition to the members appointed under subsection (4) of this section, the Governor shall appoint voting, ex officio members who represent the state agencies and other entities that are required to be represented on a state advisory council for purposes of the federal Head Start Act and who represent the tribes of this state.

(6) The activities of the council shall be directed and supervised by the Early Learning System Director who is appointed by the Governor and serves at the pleasure of the Governor.

(7) In accordance with applicable provisions of ORS chapter 183, the council may adopt rules necessary for the administration of the laws that the council is charged with administering.

(8) The council shall coordinate and collaborate with the Chief Education Office as provided by section 1, chapter 519, Oregon Laws 2011. [2011 c.519 §4; 2012 c.36 §§22a,22b; 2012 c.37 §3; 2015 c.774 §§14,14a]

Note: The amendments to 326.425 (Early Learning Council) by section 44, chapter 774, Oregon Laws 2015, become operative June 30, 2019. See section 72, chapter 774, Oregon Laws 2015, as amended by section 14, chapter 682, Oregon Laws 2015, section 20, chapter 763, Oregon Laws 2015, and section 27, chapter 639, Oregon Laws 2017. The text that is operative on and after June 30, 2019, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

326.425 (Early Learning Council). (1) The Early Learning Council is established.

(2) The council is established to oversee a unified system of early learning services for the purpose of ensuring that children enter school ready to learn. The Early Learning Council shall ensure that children enter school ready to learn by:

(a) Serving as the state advisory council for purposes of the federal Head Start Act, as provided by ORS 417.796 (State advisory council for federal Head Start Act purposes).

(b) Implementing and overseeing a system that coordinates the delivery of early learning services.

(c) Overseeing the Oregon Early Learning System created by ORS 417.727 (Oregon Early Learning System).

(3) The council consists of members appointed as provided by subsections (4) and (5) of this section.

(4)(a) The Governor shall appoint nine voting members who are appointed for a term of four years and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. A person appointed under this subsection may not be appointed to serve more than two consecutive full terms as a council member.

(b) When determining whom to appoint to the council under this subsection, the Governor shall:

(A) Ensure that each congressional district of this state is represented;

(B) Ensure that each member meets the following qualifications:

(i) Demonstrates leadership skills in civics or the member’s profession;

(ii) To the greatest extent practicable, contributes to the council’s representation of the geographic, ethnic, gender, racial and economic diversity of this state; and

(iii) Contributes to the council’s expertise, knowledge and experience in early childhood development, early childhood care, early childhood education, family financial stability, populations disproportionately burdened by poor education outcomes and outcome-based best practices; and

(C) Solicit recommendations from the Speaker of the House of Representatives for at least two members and from the President of the Senate for at least two members.

(5) In addition to the members appointed under subsection (4) of this section, the Governor shall appoint voting, ex officio members who represent the state agencies and other entities that are required to be represented on a state advisory council for purposes of the federal Head Start Act and who represent the tribes of this state.

(6) The activities of the council shall be directed and supervised by the Early Learning System Director who is appointed by the Governor and serves at the pleasure of the Governor.

(7) In accordance with applicable provisions of ORS chapter 183, the council may adopt rules necessary for the administration of the laws that the council is charged with administering.

Note: Section 2, chapter 280, Oregon Laws 2017, provides:

Sec. 2. Evaluation of financing structure and workforce compensation related to early learning programs. (1) The Early Learning Division shall conduct an evaluation to:

(a) Identify methods for structuring the financing of early learning programs to ensure that families have access to the highest quality preschool programs possible.

(b) Determine how teacher and staff compensation, including benefits and professional development, contribute to a well-qualified, stable and high-quality early learning workforce. For purposes of this paragraph, the division shall consider recruitment, hiring, retention and the overall well-being of the early learning workforce and make data-based and equity-informed determinations.

(2) The division shall submit to the interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to education:

(a) A progress report on the evaluation conducted under this section no later than February 1, 2018; and

(b) A final report on the evaluation conducted under this section, which may include recommendations for legislation, no later than October 15, 2018. [2017 c.280 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 326—State Administration of Education, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors326.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.