Child care for essential workers

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Who is eligible to use emergency child care during Covid-19?
Workers providing essential services are able to utilize emergency child care services. Click here for guidance on how to determine if you are an Essential Worker. Families for whom child care is not absolutely necessary should keep their children at home to ensure caregivers who remain open can serve those most in need including health care workers, and other first responders. 
How do families access emergency child care?  
To receive a customized referral to emergency child care programs contact 211info by:
  • Calling 211. Listen to the prompt for Child Care and press the specified number.
  • Texting the keyword “children” or “ninos” to 898211 (TXT211).
  • Emailing
  • Visiting
  • HOURS: Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

How do I find out more about the governor's Executive Orders to make emergency child care available in Oregon?

Child care is an essential service to communities. In response to COVID-19 and the governor’s Executive Orders 20-08 and 20-12, the Office of Child Care (OCC) created a process for licensed child care providers, public schools, and employers or other entities to launch new, emergency child care facilities. 

To support and respond to concerns regarding child care and the coronavirus outbreak, Oregon's Early Learning Division has developed FAQs, tools, and guidance for providersfamilies, and Emergency Child Care