What they do: These bills represent significant changes to the Early Learning Division, the agency that is responsible for Oregon’s public early learning system, and its programs. HB 2025 would expand the current programs that the ELD coordinates and establish a scholarship to ensure that there are sufficient high-quality early learning professionals in Oregon. HB 2262 would modify the responsibilities of the Early Learning Council, which coordinates the ELD, for the purpose of ensuring that “children enter school ready to learn.”
What’s new: The House Education Committee will hold a public hearing on both bills Monday, Jan. 28. The committee will also hear invited testimony on the background of the early learning system in Oregon.
What’s next: The bills must be scheduled for a work session to advance.