- COVID RESOURCES FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS: CLICK HERE
- Child Care Connection Sheet From Pandemic Partners of Bend – CLICK HERE
- Child Care Alternatives Amongst School and Child Care Facility Closures – CICK HERE
Central Oregon is in a childcare crisis
There are openings for only one in three children under the age of five in registered child care centers and in-home providers. This is a crisis for families, AND, it impacts employers who are struggling to attract and retain talent. To address the growing demand for child care in our region a public private group was formed to address the crisis.
Community and employers invested in Central Oregon’s children, families and workforce to create and retain affordable, accessible and quality child care by increasing the amount of quality childcare openings in Central Oregon.
A group including Central Oregon Chambers, Governor Brown’s Regional Solutions team, Better Together, The Early Learning Hub, NeighborImpact, Central Oregon Health Council, TRACES, OSU and COCC has created a Central Oregon Child Care Accelerator position to create and preserve more spots by working with employers, providers, and brokers.
Our focus is on the economics of helping to retain and increase quality child care options to expand and locate or build new and existing childcare facilities and in-home care facilities.
Read the current childcare data for the region (click on the name of each town to view and download the PDF)
- City of Bend – Child Care Fact Sheet
- City of Redmond – Child Care Fact Sheet
- City of Prineville – Child Care Fact Sheet
- Child of Sisters – Child Care Fact Sheet
- City of La Pine – Child Care Fact Sheet
- City of Madras – Child Care Fact Sheet
Central Oregon’s First Childcare Accelerator
Megan Norris was hired in November of 2019 to help tackle the child care crisis in our region. She is working hard to create more than 1,000 spots by December 2022. She will work with public and private partners to create financial tools for providers to assist with start-up costs and to help offer high quality, affordable and accessible child care spots to Central Oregon families.
ARTICLE: CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS
The Child Care Crisis Causes Job Disruptions for More Than 2 Million Parents Each Year
By Cristina Novoa and Steven Jessen-Howard
At a time when more than two-thirds of young children have all available parents in the workforce, child care is a necessity for most families across the country. Yet new data show that the current child care system lets down parents at nearly every turn. And a lack of good affordable child care can drastically affect parents’ ability to work.
The child care crisis not only affects families’ bottom lines; it also costs the economy $57 billion in annual lost revenue, wages, and productivity. Read more »
Thank you to all of our regional partners tackling the childcare crisis in Central Oregon.
- State of Oregon
- Better Together
- Central Oregon Community College
- Central Oregon Health Council
- Early Learning Hub of Central Oregon
- Neighbor Impact
- OSU- Cascades
Picture above from the regional meetings on child care shortage being held across C.O. with the US Chamber earlier this year. Watch KTVZ News Channel 21 coverage here
In the news
- KTVZ News Channel 21: Announcement of Katy Brooks (Bend Chamber CEO) addition to the Governor’s Early Learning Council
- Central Oregon Daily: Megan Norris’ role as the Central Oregon Childcare Accelerator
- Oregon Public Broadcasting interviews Katy brooks (Bend Chamber CEO)
- Read / Listen online: https://www.opb.org/news/article/child-care-shortage-bend-oregon/
- The Bend Bulletin, “Bend Chamber to rally employers around child care shortage”
- Cascade Business News: “Bend Chamber Survey Shows Child Care Cost & Availability Impacting Business”
- KBND News Talk Radio with Katy Brooks
- The SOURCE WEEKLY: ” Correcting A Shortfall: Bend Chamber leads the effort to address a lack of child care, using a host of approaches”