2023 CHILDREN'S AGENDA

Economic
Well-Being

Children’s basic needs must be met in affordable, accessible ways.

Economic Well-Being Agenda Items

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Click each block to see which of our partners submitted the agenda item, who’s supporting it, and links to learn more.
These links are updated as information is made available, so please check back to see how each concept is progressing.

Invest in Early Childhood and Child Care

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The pathways to enter and navigate the early childcare workforce are full of barriers for new and existing workers, who are disproportionately Black, Indigenous, and women of color. We need a study to understand the unnecessary barriers and inefficiencies to professional credentials for early childhood workers.


SUPPORTED BY: 

Family Forward Oregon, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, Washington County Kids, Families First Parent Resource Center, Friends of Outdoor School, Nurse-Family Partnership, FACT Oregon, ReadyNation, Oregon Resource Family Alliance, Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Kids Read,  Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Oregon Primary Care Association, Clackamas Women’s Services, SEIU 503, Community Action Team, Reach Out & Read Northwest, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials, Children’s Institute, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Neighborhood Partnerships, Coalition of Communities of Color, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Decoding Dyslexia Oregon Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Oregon CASA Network

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All of us depend on a child care system that work, yet public care is extremely limited and private care remains unaffordable to the majority of Oregonians. We must fund and make more accessible quality early learning and child care.


SUPPORTED BY: 

Family Forward Oregon, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Oregon Center for Public Policy, Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, Washington County Kids, Families First Parent Resource Center, Friends of Outdoor School, Nurse-Family Partnership, FACT Oregon, Oregon Resource Family Alliance, Oregon PTA, Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Kids Read, Oregon Alliance of YMCAs, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), The Oregon Primary Care Association, Clackamas Women’s Services, SEIU 503, Community Action Team, Reach Out and Read Northwest, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials, Children’s Institute, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Neighborhood Partnerships, Coalition of Communities of Color, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Oregon CASA Network

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Early learning and care providers face long-standing challenges that pervade the industry, including underinvestment in infrastructure and resources. We must invest and provide suitable infrastructure and facilities to grow and expand early learning and care facilities.


SUPPORTED BY: 

Family Forward Oregon, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, Washington County Kids, Families First Parent Resource Center, Friends of Outdoor School, FACT Oregon, ReadyNation, Oregon Resource Family Alliance, Oregon PTA, Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Kids Read, Oregon Alliance of YMCAs, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), The Oregon Primary Care Association, Clackamas Women’s Services, SEIU 503, Community Action Team, Reach Out and Read Northwest, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials, Children’s Institute, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Neighborhood Partnerships, Coalition of Communities of Color, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Decoding Dyslexia Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Oregon CASA Network

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DETAILS:
BUDGET ASK 

Oregon currently only funds ERDC to serve about 12% of eligible families. For state-funded early learning programs, we only serve 30% of the eligible population. We must continue our progress and fund quality, accessible early learning, and child care.


SUPPORTED BY: 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, Washington County Kids, Friends of Outdoor School, Nurse-Family Partnership, FACT Oregon, Oregon Resource Family Alliance, Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Kids Read, Oregon Alliance of YMCAs, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), The Oregon Primary Care Association, Clackamas Women’s Services, SEIU 503, Community Action Team, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Oregon Food Bank, Children’s Institute, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Neighborhood Partnerships, Coalition of Communities of Color, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Oregon CASA Network

Food for All Oregonians

SUBMITTED BY:

DETAILS:
SB 610  MORE INFO

Despite significant investments, state food assistance policies continue to leave too many Oregonians behind, with programs that exclude huge portions of our communities based on immigration status and other arbitrary factors. We must create a state-funded program that ensures everyone in Oregon has access to the food we need.


SUPPORTED BY: 

Family Forward Oregon, Oregon Center for Public Policy, Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, Washington County Kids, Friends of Outdoor School, FACT Oregon, Oregon Resource Family Alliance, American Heart Association, Oregon PTA, Pro-Choice OR, Oregon Kids Read, Oregon Alliance of YMCAs, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Oregon Law Center, The Oregon Primary Care Association, Oregon Food Bank, Clackamas Women’s Services, Reach Out & Read Northwest, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Children’s Institute, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Oregon Education Association, Neighborhood Partnerships, Coalition of Communities of Color, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Oregon CASA Network

Oregon Kid’s Credit

SUBMITTED BY: 

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All Oregon children deserve to grow up economically secure. We can make this happen by establish the Oregon Kid’s Credit, which would deliver cash to families struggling to afford rent, food, and other basic needs.

 

SUPPORTED BY: 

Family Forward Oregon, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Oregon Center for Public Policy, Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, Washington County Kids, Families First Parent Resource Center, Friends of Outdoor School, FACT Oregon, Oregon Resource Family Alliance, Oregon PTA, Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Kids Read, Oregon Alliance of YMCAs, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), The Oregon Primary Care Association, Oregon Food Bank, Clackamas Women’s Services, Community Action Team, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials, Children’s Institute, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Neighborhood Partnerships, Coalition of Communities of Color, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Oregon CASA Network

State Homelessness Prevention Package

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During the pandemic, lawmakers took action to reduce evictions and keep people safe and stable in their homes. Oregonians need reasonable and fair protections to reduce unnecessary evictions and the number of Oregonians forced to live in cars, RVs and on the streets. We must implement eviction reform, reasonable rent, and rental market data.


SUPPORTED BY: 

Family Forward Oregon, Oregon Center for Public Policy, Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, Washington County Kids, Families First Parent Resource Center, Friends of Outdoor School, FACT Oregon, Oregon Resource Family Alliance, Oregon PTA, Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Kids Read, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), Oregon Law Center, The Oregon Primary Care Association, Oregon Food Bank, Clackamas Women’s Services, SEIU 503, Community Action Team, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, Partners for a Hunger-Free OR, Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Children’s Institute, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Oregon Education Alliance, Neighborhood Partnerships, Coalition of Communities of Color, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Oregon CASA Network

Stable Housing for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

SUBMITTED BY: 

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DETAILS:
SB 658  MORE INFO

Oregon has the highest rate of youth houselessness in the nation, and over 18,000 youth experienced houselessness in the 2021-2022 school year. Black youth, in particular, are 2.67 more likely to experience houselessness. Oregon must expand services for houseless youth by providing culturally-specific, trauma-informed housing and wraparound services for K-12 houseless youth.


SUPPORTED BY: 

Oregon Center for Public Policy, Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, Washington County Kids, Families First Parent Resource Center, Friends of Outdoor School, FACT Oregon, Oregon Resource Family Alliance, Oregon PTA, Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Kids Read, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), The Oregon Primary Care Association, Oregon Food Bank, Clackamas Women’s Services, SEIU 503, Community Action Team, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Oregon Education Association, Oregon Education Association, Neighborhood Partnerships, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Oregon CASA Network

Fund Oregon IDA Program

SUBMITTED BY: 

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DETAILS:
BUDGET ASK 

IDAs are matched savings accounts that improve the financial future of Oregonians with lower incomes. The IDA program also helps build hope and stability by providing information and coaching that supports their unique financial goals. We urge the funding of the Oregon IDA program and boost its capacity to reach Black, Latinx, and Native American communities.


SUPPORTED BY: 

Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, Friends of Outdoor School, FACT Oregon, Oregon Resource Family Alliance, Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Kids Read, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), The Oregon Primary Care Association, Oregon Food Bank, Clackamas Women’s Services, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Neighborhood Partnerships, Coalition of Communities of Color, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Oregon CASA Network

TANF Redesign

SUBMITTED BY: 

DETAILS:
BUDGET ASK 

This policy option package is an important step to help families access more of the resources and financial flexibility they need to achieve well-being and economic stability. At a time when Oregon families are facing rapidly rising costs of living and ongoing housing challenges, this upstream solution is needed more than ever.


SUPPORTED BY: 

Family Forward Oregon, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Oregon Center for Public Policy, Oregon Association Relief Nurseries, Oregon Association of Relief Nurseries, Washington County Kids, Friends of Outdoor School, Nurse-Family Partnership, Oregon Resource Family Alliance, Pro-Choice Oregon, Oregon Kids Read, Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), The Oregon Primary Care Association, Oregon Food Bank, Clackamas Women’s Services, Community Action Team, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Neighborhood Partnerships, Oregon School-Based Health Alliance, Oregon CASA Network

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