Oregon

Overall Policy Lever Score

3

Child care licensing minimally requires that directors have one year of training or experience in management or knowledge of child development, plus 15 clock hours of professional development annually. The Oregon Registry Director Credential requires a minimum of Step 9 in the Oregon Registry, plus 60 clock hours of training in program management, three years of administrative experience, program assessments, professional contributions, and a portfolio. Elementary principal licensure requires a master’s degree and pre-K certification is available, however pre-K content or experience is not required. The statewide QRIS, at the highest level, requires a director to achieve Step 10 on the Oregon Registry (minimum requirement is 800 clock hours of training), plus 60 clock hours of training in Program Management. School-based state pre-K programs require principal licensure, however no qualifications are required for directors of community-based programs.  There is one early childhood leadership degree program and no early childhood leadership academies in Oregon.

Interesting Facts: Oregon

  • Portland State University offers a bachelor’s degree with a specialization in program administration for children, youth, and families.

  • There are 790 child care directors and 3,714 family child care providers in Oregon.

  • The Oregon Registry Director Credential requires the director to document an assessment-based program improvement plan.