Policy & Advocacy
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
Harnessing the collective advocacy power of over 120 statewide organizations, Our Children Oregon’s Children’s Agenda is a comprehensive slate of equitable investments and policy solutions to meet the holistic needs of children, youth, and their families.
Through unified voice and led by a BIPOC Steering Commitee, partners, advocates, and policymakers use the Agenda’s shared framework to align efforts, work collaboratively, and powerfully show up for Oregon’s children.
2022 LEGISLATIVE SUCCESSES
Oregon made a historic investment into our child care sector that will support providers and increase access and decrease costs for families.
The legislature invested in taking health care directly to BIPOC communities as a strategy to address racism as a public health crisis.
Family & Community
Oregonians facing immigration issues can now access legal assistance, helping families stay together.
Climate and Sustainability
Children need a sustainable future, resilient to climate change.
Children’s basic needs must be met in affordable, accessible ways.
Physical and Mental Health
Children need access to quality health care and healthy environments.
Children need quality learning and caring environments beginning at birth.
FAMILY and COMMUNITY
Children and their families need safety, stability, and empowerment.
From its inception through 2020, the Children’s Agenda aligned policy and investment recommendations under three categories: Economic Security, Education, and Health.
In 2021, the Children’s Agenda began using the following four categories: Economic Well-being, Health, Education, and Family & Community.
In 2022, the Children’s Agenda grew further with the addition of a new Climate & Sustainability category and expanded Health to intentionally include both Physical & Mental Health.
Among the Children’s Agenda’s list of recommendations, 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.