2017 ORS 417.796¹
State advisory council for federal Head Start Act purposes
  • duties
  • public hearings and comment
  • annual statewide strategic report

(1) As the state advisory council for purposes of the federal Head Start Act, the Early Learning Council shall:

(a) Conduct a periodic statewide needs assessment concerning the quality and availability of early childhood education and development programs and services for children from birth to school age, including an assessment of the availability of high-quality prekindergarten services for low-income children in this state.

(b) Identify opportunities for, and barriers to, collaboration and coordination among federally funded and state-funded child care and early childhood education and development programs and services, including collaboration and coordination among state agencies responsible for administering those programs and services.

(c) Develop recommendations for increasing the overall participation of children in existing federal, state and local early childhood education and development programs and services, including outreach to underrepresented and special populations.

(d) Develop recommendations for establishing a unified data collection system for public early childhood education and development programs and services throughout this state.

(e) Develop recommendations regarding statewide professional development and career advancement plans for providers of early childhood education and development programs and services in this state.

(f) Assess the capacity and effectiveness of two-year and four-year public and private institutions of higher education in this state in supporting the development of early childhood educators, including the extent to which the institutions have articulation agreements, professional development and career advancement plans, and internships or other training opportunities that allow students to spend time with children enrolled in the federal Head Start program or another prekindergarten program. The assessment conducted under this paragraph must be conducted in coordination with appropriate higher education governance bodies, as identified by the Chief Education Office.

(g) Make recommendations for improvements in state early learning standards and undertake efforts to develop high-quality comprehensive early learning standards when appropriate.

(2) The council shall hold public hearings and provide an opportunity for public comment in relation to the actions described in subsection (1) of this section.

(3)(a) The council shall submit an annual statewide strategic report addressing the activities described in subsection (1) of this section to the State Director of Head Start Collaboration, the Chief Education Office, the Legislative Assembly and the Governor.

(b) Following submission of a statewide strategic report described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, the council may meet periodically to review the implementation of the recommendations in the report and to review any changes in state or local needs. [2012 c.37 §§7,8; 2015 c.774 §32]

Note: The amendments to 417.796 (State advisory council for federal Head Start Act purposes) by section 62, 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.

417.796 (State advisory council for federal Head Start Act purposes). (1) As the state advisory council for purposes of the federal Head Start Act, the Early Learning Council shall:

(a) Conduct a periodic statewide needs assessment concerning the quality and availability of early childhood education and development programs and services for children from birth to school age, including an assessment of the availability of high-quality prekindergarten services for low-income children in this state.

(b) Identify opportunities for, and barriers to, collaboration and coordination among federally funded and state-funded child care and early childhood education and development programs and services, including collaboration and coordination among state agencies responsible for administering those programs and services.

(c) Develop recommendations for increasing the overall participation of children in existing federal, state and local early childhood education and development programs and services, including outreach to underrepresented and special populations.

(d) Develop recommendations for establishing a unified data collection system for public early childhood education and development programs and services throughout this state.

(e) Develop recommendations regarding statewide professional development and career advancement plans for providers of early childhood education and development programs and services in this state.

(f) Assess the capacity and effectiveness of two-year and four-year public and private institutions of higher education in this state in supporting the development of early childhood educators, including the extent to which the institutions have articulation agreements, professional development and career advancement plans, and internships or other training opportunities that allow students to spend time with children enrolled in the federal Head Start program or another prekindergarten program. The assessment conducted under this paragraph must be conducted in coordination with appropriate higher education governance bodies.

(g) Make recommendations for improvements in state early learning standards and undertake efforts to develop high-quality comprehensive early learning standards when appropriate.

(2) The council shall hold public hearings and provide an opportunity for public comment in relation to the actions described in subsection (1) of this section.

(3)(a) The council shall submit an annual statewide strategic report addressing the activities described in subsection (1) of this section to the State Director of Head Start Collaboration, the Legislative Assembly and the Governor.

(b) Following submission of a statewide strategic report described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, the council may meet periodically to review the implementation of the recommendations in the report and to review any changes in state or local needs.

Note: 417.796 (State advisory council for federal Head Start Act purposes) and 417.798 (State Director of Head Start Collaboration) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 417 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 417—Interstate Compacts on Juveniles and Children; Children and Family Services, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors417.­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.