Early Learning Division - Education Dept.

Present Duties

State Lands Building
The State Lands Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Early Learning Division. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
Under the direction and leadership of the Early Learning System Director and governed by the Early Learning Council, the Early Learning Division (ELD) implements state policies for about 190,300 at-risk children, age zero to six, and their families. ELD works to ensure that all children are ready for kindergarten, are reading at grade-level in third grade, and are raised in stable and attached families, aided by resource and service integration statewide.

Some of the programs ELD oversees are: Oregon Pre-Kindergarten, Early Head Start, Head Start, Healthy Families Oregon, Relief Nurseries, and Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. ELD is also responsible for the redesign of service delivery in Oregon through the Early Learning Hubs. In addition to programs and system redesign, the division oversees the licensing of 4,340 child care providers throughout the state.

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 775 Summer St. NE, Salem 97301
Telephone: 503-373-0066
Fax: 503-378-5156
Contact: Miriam Calderon, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Lisa Pinheiro
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 326.425, 417.710, 417.727
Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History  - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency