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Early Childhood

Office for Children and Families Early Childhood initiatives seek to improve the development and future of all young children. This is accomplished by encouraging strong, nurturing families, healthy thriving children, and readiness to learn.

Encouraging strong, nurturing families, healthy thriving children, and readiness to learn.

Committees

The Clackamas County Early Childhood Committee (CCECC) is a standing subcommittee of the Commission on Children & Families. Their goal is to promote positive child development, quality child care, parent education, and family stability for young children age prenatal to 9 and their families. The committee consists of community members, area service providers and representatives from local government agencies. They encourage increasing quality child care child, abuse and neglect prevention and intervention, and the development of nurturing and positive parent/child interaction. The Clackamas County Early Childhood Committee works to strengthen our communities and encourage partnerships between numerous community groups, schools and public or private organizations. CCECC is responsible for:

  • Serving as advisers in the planning, implementing, and assessing of state and federally funded program services.
  • Development and recommendation of Early Childhood policies.
  • Monitoring, evaluating, and addressing quality assurance issues of funded Early Childhood Programs.
  • Provide input and develop ideas for improving child care training support services for providers and parents.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and implementing strategies and ideas for improving the Clackamas County early childhood structure.

Please join us at our next CCECC meeting to observe and participate as we address these important issues.

If you have questions contact Karen Gorton at 503-650-5680.

The Healthy Start Advisory Committee (HSAC) is a committee of The Clackamas County Early Childhood Committee

Healthy Start Advisory Committee (HSAC) is responsible for:

  • Providing input and direction in meeting the standards of Healthy Families of America (HFA) related to outreach and screening for Healthy Start of Clackamas County (HSCC) services.
  • Supporting HSCC in fund raising to meet Oregon Commission on Children and Families 25% match requirements (5% being cash) as needed.
  • Serving as advisers in the planning, implementing, and assessing of HSCC program services.
  • Development and recommendation of HSCC policies and programmatic modifications to the Clackamas County Early Childhood Committee (CCECC).
  • Monitoring, evaluating, and addressing quality assurance issues.
  • Reviewing and analyzing participant satisfaction with programmatic services.
  • Reviewing and analyzing HSCC program structure, developing programmatic recommendations for CCECC & Commission consideration.

Please contact Erin Deahn at 503-496-3937 if you have any questions.

The Clackamas Early Childhood Coordinating Council (CLICC) is an informal group of educators, parents, and early childhood advocates that meet monthly to network and discuss issues facing children and their families. These meetings are open to the public. If you are interested in visiting or attending, please contact Karen Gorton at 503-650-5680.

Family Education and Support Network (FESN) is a multi-faceted, regional network of providers who work to enhance the ability of parents and caregivers to stimulate, protect and nurture children & youth.  The FESN is working to change the culture of parenting and child/youth development in order to lower the incidences of child abuse and neglect, increase effective parenting and improve family health and well-being.  By uniting organizations across the tri-county region (Clackamas, Multnomah & Washington Counties), the Network coordinates parent education trainings, strengthens linkages among providers and improves access to support for all families.

This comprehensive network includes components targeting all parents, caregivers and professionals involved in the healthy development of children, youth & families.< Created and developed by a network of providers in January 2008, the Family Education and Support Network’s vision is to support, empower and advocate for families by developing a sustainable and collaborative network of parenting providers, resources and opportunities available to everyone.  Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 9:00am – 10:30am in room 255, at the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Rd, Oregon City OR 97045.  For more information contact Karen Gorton at 503-650-5680.