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Oregon Bulletin

February 1, 2014

Oregon Department of Education, Early Learning Division, Chapter 414

Rule Caption: Procedural Rules for Early Learning Council

Adm. Order No.: ELD 1-2014

Filed with Sec. of State: 1-15-2014

Certified to be Effective: 1-15-14

Notice Publication Date: 11-1-2013

Rules Adopted: 414-002-0005, 414-002-0010

Subject: The rules adopt the Attorney General’s model rules of procedure to govern future rule adoption processes by the Early Learning Council. The rules also establish the notice requirements for adoption of rules for the ELC.

Rules Coordinator: Cindy Hunt—(503) 947-5651

414-002-0005

Notice of Proposed Rule

(1) Before permanently adopting, amending or repealing any rule, the Early Learning Council shall give notice of the proposed adoption, amendment or repeal:

(a) In the Secretary of State’s Bulletin referred to in ORS 183.360 at least 21 days prior to the effective date of the rule to be adopted;

(b) By mailing or e-mailing, at least 28 days before the effective date of the rule, a copy of the notice to persons on the Council’s mailing list established pursuant to ORS 183.335(8);

(c) By mailing or e-mailing a copy of the notice to the legislators specified in ORS 183.335(15) at least 49 days before the effective day of the rule; and,

(d) By mailing or e-mailing a copy of the notice to persons, organizations and publications identified by the Council and established educational, student and parent organizations that have submitted mailing or e-mailing addresses to the Council.

(2) Persons who wish to be placed on the Council’s mailing or e-mailing list may request in writing or by e-mail that the Council send to the person copies of its notice of proposed rulemaking.

(3) The Council may update the mailing and e-mailing lists described in this rule annually by requesting persons to confirm that they wish to remain on the lists. If a person does not respond to a request for confirmation within 28 days of the date the Council sends the request, the Council will remove the person from the mailing and e-mailing lists. Any person removed from the mailing or e-mailing lists will be returned to the mailing or e-mailing list upon request, provided that the person provides a mailing address or e-mailing address to which notice may be sent.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183.335 & 183.341(4)

Stats. Implemented: ORS 183.335

Hist.: ELD 2-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-16-13 thru 2-12-14; ELD 3-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-9-13 thru 3-5-14; ELD 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14

414-002-0010

Model Rules of Procedure

Pursuant to the provisions of ORS 183.341, the Early Learning Council adopts the Attorney General’s Model Rules of Procedure under the Administrative Procedure Act in effect on January 1, 2012.

[ED. NOTE: The full text of the Attorney General’s Model Rules of Procedure is available from the office of the Attorney General or the Oregon Education Investment Council.]

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183.341

Stats. Implemented: ORS 183.34

Hist.: ELD 2-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-16-13 thru 2-12-14; ELD 3-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-9-13 thru 3-5-14; ELD 1-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14


Rule Caption: Formation of Early Learning Hubs.

Adm. Order No.: ELD 2-2014

Filed with Sec. of State: 1-15-2014

Certified to be Effective: 1-15-14

Notice Publication Date: 11-1-2013

Rules Adopted: 414-900-0005, 414-900-0010, 414-900-0015, 414-900-0020

Subject: Establish Early Learning Hubs to coordinate services for children ages 0–6 in specific geographic areas or communities of interest.

Rules Coordinator: Cindy Hunt—(503) 947-5651

414-900-0005

Applicability of Rules

(1) OAR 414-900-0005 through 414-900-0020 set forth the purpose and functions of Early Learning Hubs (Hubs).

(2) OAR 414-900-0005 through 414-900-0020 set forth the criteria used by the Early Learning Council (ELC) to select Hubs.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 417.728 & 417.827

Stat. Implemented: 2013 OL Ch. 728, Sec. 16 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Hist.: ELD 1-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-16-13 thru 2-12-14; ELD 4-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-9-13 thru 3-5-14; ELD 2-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14

414-900-0010

Definitions

(1) “Administrative Overhead” means any dollar that is not spent directly on services for children or on preparing and evaluating services for children. This is the cost of operating administrative functions within the Hub and its subcontractors and may include staff duties such as payroll processing and data entry and non-program related costs including space, supplies and phones.

(2) “At Poverty Level” means at 100% of federal poverty guidelines as adopted by the United States Department of Health and Human Service.

(3) “At Risk” means a child who is at risk of not entering school ready to learn due to factors including but not limited to:

(a) Living in a household that is at or near poverty, as determined under federal poverty guidelines;

(b) Living in inadequate or unsafe housing; having inadequate nutrition;

(c) Living in a household where there is significant or documented domestic conflict, disruption or violence;

(d) Having a parent who suffers from mental illness, who engages in substance abuse or who experiences a developmental disability or an intellectual disability;

(e) Living in circumstances under which there is neglectful or abusive care-giving; or

(f) Having unmet health care and medical treatment needs and having a racial or ethnic minority status that is historically consistent with disproportionate overrepresentation in academic achievement gaps or in the systems of child welfare, foster care or juvenile or adult corrections.

(4) “Community of interest” means a special population not constrained by geography.

(5) “Early Childhood Services” means programs and services for children ages 0 through 6 years of age that address language and literacy development, cognition and general knowledge and learning approaches, physical health and well-being, motor development and social and emotional development.

(6) “Early Learning Hub” means an existing or newly created entity designated by regional partners to coordinate early learning services designed to produce better outcomes for children: increase kindergarten readiness for at-risk children, to increase the stable and attached families and to ensure system coordination and efficiency in order to attain Oregon’s 40-40-20 Educational Goal. Regional partners may include counties, cities, school districts, education service districts, community colleges, public universities, private educational institutions, faith based organizations, nonprofit service providers, and tribes.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 417.728 & 417.827

Stat. Implemented: 2013 OL Ch. 728, Sec. 16 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Hist.: ELD 1-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-16-13 thru 2-12-14; ELD 4-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-9-13 thru 3-5-14; ELD 2-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14

414-900-0015

Early Learning Hubs Purpose and Functions

Hubs are established to coordinate services to children ages 0 through 6 in a specific geographic area or community of interest, i.e., a special population not constrained by geography in order to produce better outcomes for children. Hubs are vested with the authority to distribute state and federal funds, coordinate services for children and purchase services for children and families. Hubs can leverage public and private funds in their efforts to attain results. Because Hubs are established to coordinate services with current service providers and, or purchase new services to support specific child centered outcomes, including kindergarten readiness, a Hub that provides direct services must meet additional criteria set forth in OAR 414-900-0020(1)(g)(F).

(1) Hubs must:

(a) Account for outcomes that benefit children within the Hub geographic area or community of interest by:

(A) Aligning service delivery focused on outcomes across five functional sectors and be able to prove that entities that represent the following five functional sectors are participating in the Hub:

(i) Health care services,

(ii) Human and social services,

(iii) Education services,

(iv) Early childhood services, and

(v) Business.

(B) Ensuring that service providers which the Hub coordinates and contracts with are also accountable to the Hub for client-level outcomes supporting Oregon’s 40-40-20 Educational Goal.

(b) Complete a community readiness assessment to determine the readiness to effectively coordinate services to achieve outcomes by:

(A) Working with providers the Hub plans to contract with to ensure readiness to provider efficient, outcome focused services, and

(B) Using the community readiness assessment to connect services to outcomes and resources.

(c) Map and coordinate funding to maximize the return of the investment by:

(A) Creating a comprehensive children’s budget for the Hub territory modeled on the state level comprehensive children’s budget,

(B) Mapping all local, state, federal and philanthropic dollars currently available or committed to the proposed service area and ensuring funders are willing to collaborate toward a set of shared outcomes advancing Oregon’s 40-40-20 Educational Goal,

(C) Ensuring that contracted service providers are accountable for providing services in a cost efficient manner, and

(D) Ensuring that no more than 15% of the total funds received from the ELC go toward administrative overhead by the end of the contract period.

(d) If individuals spend more than 15% of their time on administrative functions, their salaries and expenses must be prorated between program and administrative overhead.

(e) Reporting to the ELC on making progress towards the following outcomes:

(A) Kindergarten readiness, in support of Oregon’s 40-40-20 Educational Goal,

(B) Stable and attached families, and

(C) System coordination and efficiency.

(2) Reports shall be submitted by the Hub to appropriate interim legislative committee and the ELC by January 1, 2014.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 417.728 & 417.827

Stat. Implemented: 2013 OL Ch. 728, Sec. 16 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Hist.: ELD 1-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-16-13 thru 2-12-14; ELD 4-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-9-13 thru 3-5-14; ELD 2-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14

414-900-0020

Selection Criteria for Hub Contracts

The Early Learning Council may fund no more than seven Hub Demonstration Projects in fiscal year 2013-2014. The ELC will release a request for applications for Hubs in August 2013. A Hub may provide services to a geographic area or a community of interest. The ELC and Hubs, through either communities of geography or communities of interest, will serve no fewer than 50,000 at risk children in year one.

(1) The ELC will award Hub Demonstration Project contracts based on the degree to which any individual Hub demonstrates the following application criteria:

(a) Representation of the five functional sectors: health care services, human and social services, education services, early childhood services, and business in its governance

(b) A defined service area and cross-sector coordination, including identifying a target population and high quality services for at-risk children and their families,

(c) Accountability for outcomes and return on investment, including improving the results for at-risk children by the ability to identify, evaluate and implement coordinated strategies for ensuring that a child is ready to succeed at school,

(d) Ability to coordinate the provision of early learning services across five functional sectors to the community served by the Hub through a governance model or community advisory body that was transparently selected and includes:

(A) Formal partnership agreements from the following sectors: early childhood education, K-12 education, coordinated care organizations and other public health entities, human services, the private sector and local governments within the proposed service area.

(B) Ability of governance body to initiate audits, recommend terms of contracts for service providers and provide outcome reports to the public and to the ELC.

(e) Ability to demonstrate that parents of at-risk children have meaningfully participated in the creation of Hub strategies and plans and will serve an ongoing role as part of the entity’s governing structure and will be the foundation of Hub service design, reflecting the principle that children are best raised and supported in families.

(f) Commitment and ability to serve at least 40% of the population of at-risk children in the entity’s proposed service area by the end of year 2.

(g) Commitment to collect and track system and client level data using a unique identifier for each child served.

(h) Demonstration of business acumen and operational stability, including:

(A) Use of coordinated and transparent budgeting for all providers funded directly by the Hub,

(B) Documentation of previous financial audits and cash reserves, as well as liability insurance as required by state law,

(C) Ability to provide a match of 25% of funds distributed to the entity by the ELC,

(D) Ability to keep administrative overhead at or below 15% across the Early Learning System, and

(E) Ability to provide monthly financial reports to Early Learning Division staff.

(F) Ability to identify with which federal, state or other funding streams if the lead applicant provides direct services to children covered by the Hub.

(i) Identify any financial, role or function conflict of interest

(ii) Provide a plan for how those conflicts will be managed

(iii) Provide evidence of financial and functional separation and risk independence of the lead applicant’s direct service delivery function from the Hub function.

(2) Any application that does not meet the criteria is not eligible for the award of a Hub contract.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 417.728 & 417.827

Stat. Implemented: 2013 OL Ch. 728, Sec. 16 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Hist.: ELD 1-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 8-16-13 thru 2-12-14; ELD 4-2013(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 9-9-13 thru 3-5-14; ELD 2-2014, f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14


Rule Caption: Oregon Early Reading Program Strategic Investment Early Literacy Grant Program

Adm. Order No.: ELD 3-2014(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 1-15-2014

Certified to be Effective: 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Adopted: 414-800-0005, 414-800-0010, 414-800-0015, 414-800-0020, 414-800-0025, 414-800-0030

Subject: The purpose of the Early Literacy Grant is to improve the readiness of children preparing to enter kindergarten; improve the reading proficiency of students by the time students complete the third grade; encourage early reading by involving parents, child care providers, and the community; expand the amount of time spent reading, adult support of reading, the availability of reading materials, cultural relevance and promote the level of enjoyment that literacy brings; and create materials and curriculum that promote early literacy.

Rules Coordinator: Cindy Hunt—(503) 947-5651

414-800-0005

Definitions

The following definitions apply to OAR 414-800-0005 to 414-0800-0030:

(1) “Achievement gap” means the research-based gap in achievement that often exists between students who are economically disadvantaged, students learning English as a second language and students who are African American, Hispanic or Native American and their peers.

(2) “At Risk” means a child who is at risk of not entering school ready to learn due to factors including but not limited to:

(a) Living in a household that is at or near poverty, as determined under federal poverty guidelines;

(b) Living in inadequate or unsafe housing; having inadequate nutrition;

(c) Living in a household where there is significant or documented domestic conflict, disruption or violence;

(d) Having a parent who suffers from mental illness, who engages in substance abuse or who experiences a developmental disability or an intellectual disability;

(e) Living in circumstances under which there is neglectful or abusive care-giving; or

(f) Having unmet health care and medical treatment needs and having a racial or ethnic minority status that is historically consistent with disproportionate overrepresentation in academic achievement gaps or in the systems of child welfare, foster care or juvenile or adult corrections.

(3) “Early childhood services” means programs and services for children ages birth through six years of age that address language and literacy development, cognition and general knowledge and learning approaches, physical health and well-being, motor development and social and emotional development. Providers of early childhood services include Early Learning Hubs, relief nurseries, home visiting programs, child care providers, preschools, Head Start, Oregon Pre–K, and others who provide programs and services for children ages birth through six.

(4) “Early Learning Hub” means an existing or newly created entity designated by regional partners to coordinate early learning services designed to produce better outcomes for children: increase kindergarten readiness for at-risk children, to increase the stable and attached families and to ensure system coordination and efficiency in order to attain Oregon’s 40-40-20 Educational Goal. Regional partners may include counties, cities, school districts, education service districts, community colleges, public universities, private educational institutions, faith based organizations, nonprofit service providers, and tribes.

(5) “English Language Learners” means children whose native language is other than English or who speak a language other than English in their home.

(6) “Non-profit organization” means:

(a) An organization established as a nonprofit organization under the laws of Oregon; and

(b) Qualifies as an exempt organization under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as defined in ORS 314.011.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 327.810

Stat. Implemented: ORS 327.810

Hist.: ELD 3-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

414-800-0010

Establishment and Purpose

(1) The early literacy grant is established as part of the Oregon Early Reading Program Strategic Investment.

(2) The purpose of the early literacy grant is to:

(a) Improve the readiness of children preparing to enter kindergarten;

(b) Improve the reading proficiency of students by the time students complete the third grade;

(c) Encourage early reading by involving parents, child care providers, and the community to ensure that children have an early start in reading;

(d) Expand the amount of time spent reading, adult support of reading, the availability of reading materials, cultural relevance and promote the level of enjoyment that literacy brings; and

(e) Create materials and curriculum that promote early literacy.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 327.810

Stat. Implemented: ORS 327.810

Hist.: ELD 3-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

414-800-0015

Eligibility

(1) The following types of organizations may apply for funding:

(a) 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

(b) Public libraries.

(c) Public schools or school districts.

(d) Providers of early childhood services.

(2) The Early Learning Division shall give preference to receive funding to providers of early childhood services that are Early Learning Hubs.

(3) A single grant proposal may include more than one eligible provider but the fiscal agent must be one of the eligible applicants identified in subsections (1) or (2) of this rule.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 327.810

Stat. Implemented: ORS 327.810

Hist.: ELD 3-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

414-800-0020

Criteria

(1) The Early Learning Division shall establish a request for application with a solicitation and approval process to be conducted each biennium for which early literacy grant funds under the Oregon Early Reading Program are available. The Division shall notify eligible applicants of the proposal process and due dates, and make available necessary guidelines and application forms.

(2) Grants shall be awarded based on the following generally applicable criteria:

(a) The extent to which the applicant demonstrates its ability to lead the implementation of the early literacy program, foster collaboration with other community partners, and leverage the early literacy program as a key strategy for promoting alignment between early learning and K–3.

(b) The extent to which the grant application addresses equity and strategies for targeting specific sub-populations of children, including those who are economically disadvantaged, students learning English as a second language, and students who are African American, Hispanic or Native American; those who are not currently enrolled in formal Pre-K or child care programs, including those participating in license exempt and relative care; and/or those who meet criteria for being at risk of entering kindergarten with limited literacy skills.

(c) The extent to which the application identifies clear strategies for building the capacity of adults to engage in high quality reading experiences with children, expanding reading opportunities for children, increasing the frequency with which children are read to in the home, and expanding access to books, libraries, and/or materials and curriculum that promote early literacy.

(d) The extent to which the project budget is appropriate for the number of children and adults that are proposed to be reached through the proposed early literacy program.

(e) The extent to which the application demonstrates how outcomes will be measured and sustainability will be achieved.

(3) The Early Learning Division shall allocate funds for the grant program based on the evaluation of the grant application and the following considerations:

(a) Geographic location of applicants to insure geographic diversity within the recipients of grant program funds throughout the state;

(b) Preference to entities that have demonstrated success in improving outcomes for children and families.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 327.810

Stat. Implemented: ORS 327.810

Hist.: ELD 3-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

414-800-0025

Funding

(1) The Early Learning Division shall determine for each fiscal year the portion of the funds available for the early literacy grant.

(2) Funds received under this section must be separately accounted for and may be used only to provide funding for the purposes described in the application of the grant recipient.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 327.810

Stat. Implemented: ORS 327.810

Hist.: ELD 3-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

414-800-0030

Reporting

Recipients of early literacy grant funds must report on their grant funded program outcomes and expenditures to the Early Learning Council on an annual basis through a written report to the Early Learning Division. The report must include:

(1) Description of outputs and activities resulting from the early literacy partnership strategy, including, but not limited to trainings delivered to parents and/or providers or early learning services, books or other materials provided to families and/or providers of early learning services, and number of adults and children reached.

(2) Impact on changes in adult behavior related to reading to children, including but not limited to frequency and quality of reading.

(3) Impact on changes in child behavior related to reading with adults, including but not limited to frequency and quality of reading.

(4) Impact on adult and child attitudes toward reading, including, but not limited to, self-reports related to increased enjoyment of reading.

(5) Impact on closing early literacy opportunity gaps for children who are economically disadvantaged, English language learners, African American, Hispanic, or Native American.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 327.810

Stat. Implemented: ORS 327.810

Hist.: ELD 3-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14


Rule Caption: Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation Program

Adm. Order No.: ELD 4-2014(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 1-15-2014

Certified to be Effective: 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Adopted: 414-800-0105, 414-800-0110, 414-800-0115, 414-800-0120, 414-800-0125, 414-800-0130

Subject: This program creates the opportunity to increase the connection between early learning and K-12 by investing in innovative and promising models for early learning/K-12 integration across the state and to build a body of evidence that Oregon can use to create stronger alignment between its early learning and K-12 education systems. The goal of this program is to promote community and school partnerships and innovations that result in measurable increase in children’s readiness for kindergarten.

Rules Coordinator: Cindy Hunt—(503) 947-5651

414-800-0105

Definitions

The following definitions apply to OAR 414-800-0105 to 414-800-0130:

(1) “Achievement gap” means the research-based gap in achievement that often exists between students who are economically disadvantaged, students learning English as a second language and students who are African American, Hispanic or Native American and their peers.

(2) “At Risk” means a child who is at risk of not entering school ready to learn due to factors including but not limited to:

(a) Living in a household that is at or near poverty, as determined under federal poverty guidelines;

(b) Living in inadequate or unsafe housing; having inadequate nutrition;

(c) Living in a household where there is significant or documented domestic conflict, disruption or violence;

(d) Having a parent who suffers from mental illness, who engages in substance abuse or who experiences a developmental disability or an intellectual disability;

(e) Living in circumstances under which there is neglectful or abusive care-giving; or

(f) Having unmet health care and medical treatment needs and having a racial or ethnic minority status that is historically consistent with disproportionate overrepresentation in academic achievement gaps or in the systems of child welfare, foster care or juvenile or adult corrections.

(3) “Early childhood services” means programs and services for children ages 0 through 6 years of age that address language and literacy development, cognition and general knowledge and learning approaches, physical health and well-being, motor development and social and emotional development. Providers of early childhood services include Early Learning Hubs, relief nurseries, home visiting programs, child care providers, preschools, Head Start, Oregon Pre–K, and others who provide programs and services for children ages 0–6.

(4) “Early Learning Hub” means an existing or newly created entity designated by regional partners to coordinate early learning services designed to produce better outcomes for children: increase kindergarten readiness for at-risk children, to increase the stable and attached families and to ensure system coordination and efficiency in order to attain Oregon’s 40-40-20 Educational Goal. Regional partners may include counties, cities, school districts, education service districts, community colleges, public universities, private educational institutions, faith based organizations, nonprofit service providers, and tribes.

(5) “Elementary school” means any public school that has at least kindergarten, first, second, or third grade classes.

(6) “English Language Learners” means children whose native language is other than English or who speak a language other than English in their home.

(7) “Non-profit organization” means:

(a) An organization established as a nonprofit organization under the laws of Oregon; and

(b) Qualifies as an exempt organization under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as defined in ORS 314.011.

(8) “Postsecondary Institution” means a:

(a) A community college operated under ORS chapter 341.

(b) The following public universities within the Oregon University System:

(A) University of Oregon.

(B) Oregon State University.

(C) Portland State University.

(D) Oregon Institute of Technology.

(E) Western Oregon University.

(F) Southern Oregon University.

(G) Eastern Oregon University.

(c) Oregon Health and Science University.

(d) An Oregon-based, generally accredited, not-for-profit institution of higher education.

Stat. Auth.: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Stat. Implemented: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Hist.: ELD 4-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

414-800-0110

Establishment, Delegation and Purpose

(1) The Early Learning Kindergarten Readiness Partnership and Innovation Program is established as provided under section 26, chapter 728, Oregon Laws 2013 (Enrolled House Bill 2013). The Early Learning Council delegates to the Early Learning Division all administrative functions necessary or reasonable in order to administer the program.

(2) This program creates the opportunity to increase the connection between early learning and K–12 by investing in innovative and promising models for early learning/K–12 integration across the state and to build a body of evidence that Oregon can use to create stronger alignment between its early learning and K–12 education systems. The goal of this program to promote community and school partnerships and innovations that result in measurable increase in children’s readiness for kindergarten.

Stat. Auth.: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Stat. Implemented: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Hist.: ELD 4-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

414-800-0115

Eligibility

The following types of organizations may apply for funding:

(1) Early Learning Hubs

(2) Education Service Districts;

(3) K–12 school districts;

(4) Non-profit organizations;

(5) Post-Secondary institutions; or

(6) A collaboration of any of the above.

Stat. Auth.: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Stat. Implemented: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Hist.: ELD 4-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

414-800-0120

Criteria

(1) Applicants for grant funds must meet one or more of the following criteria:

(a) Form a partnership with at least one provider of early learning services, licensed childcare provider or elementary school;

(b) Form partnerships with community-based providers of early childhood services to provide preschool and other early-learning strategies;

(c) Establish ambitious but meaningful targets for kindergarten readiness;

(d) Invest resources in serving a significant number of children in communities with high concentration of poverty, underserved racial groups, non-native English speakers, or rural and remote communities;

(e) Align with and supplement federal programs to provide moneys for educational purposes;

(f) Agree to report to, and partner with all Early Learning Hubs serving the region.

(2) Applicants must demonstrate:

(a) A proven track record of ability to achieve developmental outcomes for children.

(b) A clear commitment to equity.

(c) The proposed plan is likely to:

(A) Result in a demonstrable connection between early learning providers and schools; and

(B) Improve kindergarten readiness as measured by the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment.

(3) Priority for funding will be given to applicants that:

(a) Assist children in becoming ready for kindergarten or being successful in kindergarten;

(b) Share professional developments strategies and resources with providers of early learning services, child care providers and kindergarten teachers;

(c) Demonstrate a commitment to family engagement and three-way partnerships among early childhood programs, school, and parents and families; or

(d) Demonstrate the grant funds will serve a significant number of children in communities with high concentration of poverty, underserved racial or ethnic groups, non-native English speakers, or rural and remote communities.

Stat. Auth.: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Stat. Implemented: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Hist.: ELD 4-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

414-800-0125

Funding

(1) The Early Learning Council shall determine for each fiscal year the portion of the funds available for the early learning kindergarten readiness partnership and innovation fund.

(2) Funds received under this section must be separately accounted for and may be used only to provide funding for the purposes described in the application of the grant recipient.

(3) Funds may not be used for capital expenses, such as facilities, or to supplant existing federal or state funds. Capital expenses do not include operating supplies such as books, curriculum, materials, manipulatives, or furniture that is developmentally appropriate for young children.

Stat. Auth.: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Stat. Implemented: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Hist.: ELD 4-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

414-800-0130

Reporting

Recipients of these funds must report on the grant to the Early Learning Council via the Early Learning Division at the end of the grant period. The report must include at least:

(1) Description of outputs and activities related to implementation of the early learning/K–12 partnership strategy.

(2) Impact on kindergarten readiness, as measured by the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment.

(3) Impact on the attitudes, behaviors, and instructional practices of early childhood educators and kindergarten teachers.

(4) Impact on the attitudes, behaviors, and practices of children’s families.

Stat. Auth.: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Stat. Implemented: 2013 OL Ch. 728 Sec. 26 (Enrolled HB 2013)

Hist.: ELD 4-2014(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 1-15-14 thru 7-13-14

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