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Child Care Resource Network offers services to Southern Oregon’s Jackson and Josephine counties and is part of a nationwide child care resource and referral network. Our scope of work includes:

  • Trainings for providers to increase knowledge and skills, become and stay licensed, and improve their quality of care
  • Provider coaching around best practices for health and safety, early literacy, special needs care, operating a small business, partnering with parents, and more
  • Supporting child care providers to participate in Spark, Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, to achieve a star rating
  • Consumer education on quality child care and best practices
  • Coordinating a database with 211info of over 400 child care providers so referrals are up to date and accurate
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CONTACT

Website: www.ccrnso.org
Email: cccrn@soesd.k12.or.us

Hours:
Monday-Friday
9:00am to 4:30pm

Address:
SOESD/CCRN
101 N. Grape Street
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 776-8590, ext. 1126
Email: CCRN@soesd.k12.or.us

For assistance in finding a provider please contact 211info for information and referrals.
Call: 211   Text: the keyword children to 898211   Email: children@211info.org  Visit:www.211info.org

Training registration:
By phone: 541-776-6768
Online form: www.ccrnso.org

Staff Contact Information

Mary Wolf
Child Care Resource Network Manager
mary_wolf@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1110

Molly Clement
Warm Line Inclusion Specialist
molly_clement@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1125

Devon Finley
Child Care Provider Consultant/QI Specialist/Grant Coordinator
devon_finley@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1118

Martha Ibarra
Preschool Promise Coordinator/QI Specialist – English, Spanish
martha_ibarra@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1122

Lorena Juarez
Child Care Specialist/QI Specialist – English, Spanish
lorena_juarez@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1119

Katrina McGrath
Administrative Assistant
katrina_mcgrath@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1126

Jill Ramirez
QI Specialist/Focused Child Care Network- English, Spanish
jill_ramirez@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1124

Equity Statement

We believe that diversity extends to identities beyond just race, to ethnicity, gender, age, abilities, socioeconomic status, religion, political and ideological viewpoints, and more. We will strive for an inclusive community that embraces all its members and actively encourages all voices to be heard.

Declaración Equitativa

Nosotros creemos que la diversidad se extiende a identidades más allá de raza, grupo étnico, género, edad habilidades, estado socioeconómico, religión, puntos de vista políticos e ideológicos, y más. Nos esforzaremos para crear una comunidad inclusiva que acepte a todos sus miembros y los anime activamente a que sus voces sean escuchadas. Por para assistencia en Espanol favor de comunicarse con Lorena Juarez at 541-842-2610.

Warm Line Services

HomeSchoolingFREE Consultation Support for Child Care Centers, Family Child Care Homes & School-Age Programs

Jackson County and Josephine County

CONTACT: Molly Clement, Warm Line Inclusion Specialist

Office phone: (541) 776-8590, ext. 1125
Cell phone (541) 324-7720 (call or text)
warmline@soesd.k12.or.us

CCRN Warm Line Inclusion Specialist

The Warm Line is a FREE program to offer assistance and consultation to support quality, inclusive child care and education for all children, including those with disabilities, challenging behaviors, or special health care needs. Any early educator should contact the Warm Line if they have concerns or are not sure how to best meet the needs of a child.

Types of support:

  • Ideas and suggestions for making accommodations or adaptations to the child care environment to create inclusive classrooms.
  • Resources, recommendations, information, and specific strategies to respond effectively to the array of behaviors children may exhibit.
  • Training opportunities on a range of topics related to child development, child care environment, challenging behaviors, assessment, and inclusion.
  • Assistance on engaging parents as partners and sharing difficult messages.
  • Information on services and resources available through other agencies.

Warm Line Flyer
Servicios de la Línea de Apoyo
Release of Information
Permiso para dar y recibir información

Assistance and consultation by: phone, email, on-site visits, trainings and resources & information.
Funded by the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities Inclusive Partners

Child Care Provider Resources


Types of Child Care

Types of Child Care in Oregon

Licensed (regulated) Child Care

Child care means the care and supervision of a child, on a regular basis, unaccompanied by their parent or guardian, in a place other than the child’s own home, with or without compensation. If a child care program is being operated by a provider that doesn’t match any of the descriptions of license exempt child care (see below), it will need to be licensed with the Early Learning Division Office of Child Care.

Becoming a licensed child care provider means that you intend to operate a child care program that meets the health and safety standards and requirements set by the State of Oregon. There are three types of licensing categories:

  • Registered Family – in home, with up to 10 children in care. There are specific ratios of age groups for children in care. A Registered Family (RF) provider can specialize in one age group, or care for children from infant to school age.
  • Certified Family – can be in-home, may also be at a separate home site. Depending on square footage and staff, may care for 12-16 children. Must have a minimum of one-year experience as an RF provider or meet teaching credential/experience requirements.
  • Certified Center – at a commercial site. Must work directly with licensing specialists and meet health, safety, square footage, and teaching credential requirements. May specialize in one age group or serve many. Usually has multiple classrooms, teachers, and aides.

Licensed providers are all required to go through a process set by the State of Oregon which includes a healthy and safety set of trainings, lead testing, and a home inspection. They are required to participate in ongoing training hours in the field of early childhood education in order to support high quality child care and early learning opportunities.

Licensed providers are eligible to participate in Spark – Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System. Spark documents the level of quality of care in a program and participants will earn a star rating.

A licensed provider must renew their license every 1-2 years (depending on certification type).

Oregon’s Early Learning Division Office of Child Care has created a Child Care Safety Portal. The portal is a resource for parents and families to check on the safety and quality of licensed child care programs in Oregon. The Portal lets you search for a child care provider and view their licensing history over a period of time. https://oregonearlylearning.com/parents-families/child-care-safety-portal-overview .

All licensed child care providers undergo a background check and are listed in the Central Background Registry. This includes and staff or other adults who may be alone with children.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed child care provider in Oregon, you may contact Child Care Resource Network for assistance at 541-776-8590, ext. 1126 or email at ccrn@soesd.k12.or.us .

Oregon’s Early Learning Division Office of Child Care can be reached at: 1-800-556-6616.

Exempt Child Care

Some types of child care are not required to be licensed with the Early Learning Division Office of Child Care. The following is a list of exemptions. If any of the following exemptions apply to you, the type of care you want to provide may not be required to be licensed but you may be required to record as a program. If you want to operate a preschool or school-age program that meets recording requirements, you will need to submit a recorded program application through Office of Child Care.

The following are exempt from licensing (regulated care)

  • You provide care in the home of the child and all children present, not including your own children, reside in the home.
  • You are related to all the children being cared for.
  • All the children cared for – not including your own children – are from the same family.
  • The number of days children are cared for is not more than 70 days in a year.
  • You provide care for three or fewer children, not including your own children, at any one time.
  • You operate a program that is for school-age children, is focused on a single enrichment activity and operates for no more than eight hours a week.
  • You operate a program that is mostly a group athletic or social activity and is sponsored by an organized club or hobby group.
  • You operate a parent cooperative child care program. Parents of the children in care must provide care on a rotating basis and the program cannot operate for more than four hours per day.
  • The program is operated by a school district, political subdivision of the state or a governmental agency.
  • You operate a program in a facility that provides care to children while the parents remain on the premises and are engaged in an activity offered by the facility or in other non-work activity.
  • You operate a preschool recorded program or a school-age recorded program. To learn more about recorded programs click here: https://oregonearlylearning.com/providers-educators/become-a-provider/license-exempt-childcare/#recorded

If you have questions about Exempt care, you may contact Child Care Resource Network for assistance at 541-776-8590, ext. 1126 or email at ccrn@soesd.k12.or.us .

DHS Listed Child Care

A DHS child care provider may be either regulated (licensed) or exempt from licensing.

To be eligible for payment from the Department of Human Services (DHS), the provider must be listed with DHS. Being Listed with DHS means that you have completed the necessary trainings and background check in order for DHS to pay the child care subsidy for families receiving assistance.

If you are interested in becoming a DHS Listed provider, you may contact Child Care Resource Network for assistance at 541-776-8590, ext. 1126 or email at ccrn@soesd.k12.or.us .

DHS Direct Pay Unit can be reached at: 1-800-699-907


Become a Licensed Child Care Provider

Become a Licensed Child Care Provider

Licensed (regulated) Child Care

Child care means the care and supervision of a child, on a regular basis, unaccompanied by their parent or guardian, in a place other than the child’s own home, with or without compensation. If a child care program is being operated by a provider that doesn’t match any of the descriptions of license exempt child care (see below), it will need to be licensed with the Early Learning Division Office of Child Care.

Becoming a licensed child care provider means that you intend to operate a child care program that meets the health and safety standards and requirements set by the State of Oregon.

Registered Family Child Care (RF)

Child Care Resource Network can help you navigate the steps toward becoming an in-home Registered Family (RF) Child Care provider.

* If you are interested in exploring other licensing certifications (Certified Family or Certified Center), please contact Child Care Resource Network to help connect you to licensing at 541-776-8590, ext. 1126 or email at ccrn@soesd.k12.or.us .

You may also contact Oregon’s Early Learning Division Office of Child Care at 1-800-556-6616.

The Process of Becoming of Registered Family Child Care Provider

Checklist for becoming a Registered Family Provider

Step 1) Introduction to Registered Family Child Care

There are two parts to the Introduction to Registered Family Child Care class. The required Part One class is available online at http://campus.educadium.com/OCCD . You must take Part One before you can register for Part Two. This brief online training will answer general questions about licensing and help you to understand the requirements as set by the State of Oregon.

Part Two is the in-person training conducted by staff at Child Care Resource Network. You must attend this after completing Part One online. This free class provides a rule book, resources to help you be successful, information about Child Care Resource & Referral, and more. You must pre-register.

Step 2) Central Background Registry

To become licensed, you and everyone in your home over the age of 18, including frequent or common visitors, must be a part of the Central Background Registry. It is recommended that this is one of the first steps you take so that the processing time can be used to complete the required trainings. https://oregonearlylearning.com/providers-educators/providers-educatorscbr/

Step 3) Required Health & Safety Trainings

These trainings may be taken in any order:

  • Introduction to Child Care Health & Safety – This training is free and available online here:  http://campus.educadium.com/OCCD/
  • Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect – This training is free and available online here:  http://campus.educadium.com/OCCD/
  • Adult & Pediatric CPR and First Aid – This is an in-person training. If taken through Child Care Resource Network, the fee for the training is $50 payable by cash or check. These trainings are offered monthly in Medford and quarterly in Grants Pass. We can also provide the names and contact information of other CPR instructors in the area.
  • Food Handler card – This training is free and available online here: www.childcarefoodhandler.org
  • Safe Sleep training – This training is free and available online here: http://campus.educadium.com/OCCD/ 

*If you have difficulties accessing a computer, please contact Child Care Resource Network and we will be happy to provide assistance.

Step 4) Lead Testing

The Early Learning Council approved new requirements for child care providers to prevent children in their care from being exposed to lead. All state-regulated child care providers must begin testing for lead in their drinking water and sending test results to the Office of Child Care. If the test results come in at or higher than “15 parts per billion (ppb),” the provider must make changes to prevent lead exposure.

The harmful impact of lead exposure is well known and documented. There is no safe blood lead level for people. Lead is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women because of the impact on growth and brain development. Lead in water is most harmful to formula-fed infants. The most important step adults can take is to prevent lead exposure before it occurs.

Click here for more information: https://oregonearlylearning.com/lead-poisoning-prevention/

You will learn more about this and receive paperwork at the in-person Introduction to Registered Family Child Care training.

Step 5) Submit Registered Family application

You will receive the Registered Family application at the in-person Introduction to Registered Family Child Care training. Once all of the above requirements have been completed (Central Background Registry, health & safety trainings, lead testing) you may submit your application. The Registered Family application will require that you submit copies of all your completed requirements and certifications. There is a $30 processing fee to apply for a license.

Step 6) Health & Safety Inspection

Once you have submitted your application and been approved, a licenser will contact you to set up a home Health & Safety Inspection. The Health and Safety inspection checklist will be reviewed at the in-person Introduction to Registered Family Child Care training.

Once you have passed the Health & Safety Inspection, you will receive your Registered Family License. The RF license is good for two-years. Within that two-year period you will be required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of ongoing Early Childhood Education trainings.

Professional Development is an important part of offering high quality care. Child Care Resource Network offers free trainings each quarter.

After you are licensed:

Become DHS Listed!

Complete and submit an Intake form to Child Care Resource Network so that parents may be referred to your program through 211

Connect with the USDA Food Program

Develop your contracts and policies

Contact Child Care Resource Network to participate in Spark – Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System

Important resources:

Oregon Early Learning Division
Oregon's Spark - Quality Rating and Improvement System
Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS)


Become a DHS Listed Provider

Coming Soon! Please contact Child Care Resource Network for assistance in becoming DHS Listed. 541-776-8590, ext. 1126


The Adult & Pediatric CPR and First Aid Requirement

Coming Soon! Please contact Child Care Resource Network for assistance with the specifics of CPR training. 541-776-8590, ext. 1126


Spark! Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System

Coming Soon! Please contact Child Care Resource Network for assistance with Spark. 541-776-8590, ext. 1118


Professional Development

Coming Soon! Please contact Child Care Resource Network for assistance with your professional development. 541-776-8590, ext. 1118




Upcoming Training Opportunities

Training Request Form

Online Child Care Professional Training:

  • Oregon Registry Online Training Calendar CLICK HERE
  • Smart Horizons Professional Training CLICK HERE
  • Child Care Aware of America Training Academy CLICK HERE
  • Child Care Aware of America CLICK HERE

Training

Staff Contact Information

Training registration:
By phone: 541-776-6768
Online form: www.ccrnso.org

Mary Wolf
Child Care Resource Network Manager
mary_wolf@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1110

Molly Clement
Warm Line Inclusion Specialist
molly_clement@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1125

Devon Finley
Child Care Provider Consultant/QI Specialist/Grant Coordinator
devon_finley@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1118

Martha Ibarra
Preschool Promise Coordinator/QI Specialist – English, Spanish
martha_ibarra@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1122

Lorena Juarez
Child Care Specialist/QI Specialist – English, Spanish
lorena_juarez@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1119

Katrina McGrath
Administrative Assistant
katrina_mcgrath@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1126

Jill Ramirez
QI Specialist/Focused Child Care Network- English, Spanish
jill_ramirez@soesd.k12.or.us / 541-776-8590, ext. 1124

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