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Early Childhood Professional Development Strategic Initiative
We are pleased to announce the next grant connected to Oregon’s Strategic Initiatives. As part of the new Network of Quality Teaching and Learning, there are several grants aimed at better supporting both teachers and students as we work toward our 40-40-20 goal. One critical component of the state and national early childhood initiatives is the investment in an educated early learning workforce. Creating higher education programs that support non-traditional students is key to enhancing the professional skills of this workforce. Often child care providers either have no college or some college coursework. Many in the early learning workforce must maintain full time employment while obtaining ongoing professional development. The Early Learning Professional Development Grants for 2014-15 have two purposes:

1 . Expand and scale up partnerships involving community colleges to create early childhood stackable and portable certificates, credentials, and degree programs that prepare more non-traditional, dual-language educators and that support more seamless transitions from high school to degree completion.

2. Scale up AA degree programs to be flexible in meeting the needs of the existing early childhood workforce and provide a comprehensive array of supports to individuals completing degrees in Early Childhood Education.

The Department may award up to four grants totaling approximately $400,000. To access the RFP for the Early Childhood Professional Development Grant, click here. The proposals are due by noon on Monday, May 12, 2014.

Please contact Lisa Harnisch eMail, Early Learning Division (lisa.s.harnisch@state.or.us) with questions or visit the ODE Strategic Initiatives page for additional information.
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