Policy & Advocacy
The 2021 Children's Agenda!
When we prioritize children and families, we strengthen our collective future
In our choices and actions, we can create an equitable Oregon where all children can achieve their full potential, where families and communities are supported and celebrated.
The Children's Agenda
The Children’s Agenda, a comprehensive slate of equitable investments and policy solutions to meet the holistic needs of children, youth, and their families. Through the unified voice of The Children’s Agenda, partners, advocates, and policymakers use the Agenda’s shared framework to align efforts, work collaboratively, and powerfully show up for Oregon’s children.
RECENT LEGISLATIVE SUCCESSES
The passage of Ensure No Worker is Left Behind, as part of the omnibus tax expenditure, extends the state Earned Income Tax Credit to Oregon ITIN tax filers.
The passage of SB 236 ensures the prevention of suspension and expulsion as a key strategy to support children.
The passage of HB 2528 establishes the profession of licensed dental therapists, expanding access to basic dental care across the state.
Family & Community
The passage of HB 2505 created a Child Welfare Equity Committee to recommend actions to ensure anyone receiving child welfare services receives equitable treatment.
From its inception through the 2020 legislative session, the Children’s Agenda has aligned policy and investment recommendations under three categories: economic security, education, and health. Beginning in 2021, the Children’s Agenda uses the following four categories:
Children need financially secure families with stable housing.
Children should be healthy.
Children need quality learning environments beginning at birth.
FAMILY & COMMUNITY
Children and their families need safety and stability.
Among the recommendations, beginning with the 2018 Children’s Agenda, key concepts are highlighted as priorities for the legislative session.
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5 years of Legislative Successes 2015-2019
A Community of Advocates
Through the Children’s Agenda, Our Children Oregon brings together a community of advocates, coalitions, and partner organizations to champion state legislative policies and shared investments that benefit child well-being.
Our 120 partner organizations come together prior to each legislative session to share their expertise in child and family issues. Their diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and priorities informs the policies we pursue and the strategies we employ. While not all organizations are actively pursuing each agenda item, we stand together to propose systemic solutions and investments that will allow us to provide a strong foundation for Oregon’s children now and for generations to come.