Oregon Department of Education
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Early Education


Early Childhood Education Closing the achievement gap is a priority of the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). ODE supports this priority by providing high quality early care and learning experiences for young children.

Research tells us that the most effective way to reduce the number of children who will eventually drop out of school is for them to receive a quality comprehensive early educational experiences. Intervention during the early years can help reduce risk factors that can impede a child's ability to learn and succeed in school.

The mission of ODE's Early Education programs is to promote and provide support for various intervention programs that can improve school readiness and promote positive outcomes for children. Early Education programs work with young children, their families and community partners in a variety of settings to facilitate their success.

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ODE's Early Education programs include:

Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
  • Information about free services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities

  • Parent information

  • Contractor information




  • Oregon's Early Learning System (Early Learning Division)  External Link  
    The Early Learning Division of the Oregon Department of Education oversees the early learning system, including policies and programs that support stable and attached families and school readiness. The Division was created on July 1, 2013 and is overseen by the Early Learning Council, a 17-member public policy board.


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