Child Care Provider Resources

At Community Action, Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) of Washington County offers a variety of supports and assistance to local child care providers.

CCR&R offers a variety of professional development supports & technical assistance to all child care providers and staff at no charge. Our trained staff stands ready to assist you and to help you be successful. CCR&R is the local expert in connecting providers to a comprehensive range of needs and resources. Here are a few things we can help you with:

Professional development planning and coaching
- Work towards professional development and training requirements for licensing, Spark star rating, DHS subsidy payments, and general quality improvement efforts
- Guidance for individuals to move up in the Oregon Registry
- Create a professional development plan to help better meet children’s needs

Sustainable business practices
- Creating family and staff handbooks
- Writing policies
- Quality improvement efforts

Early childhood education
- Supporting children with challenging behaviors
- Implementing curriculum, developmental screenings & learning assessments
- Building partnerships with families

Find specific information:

Current and Archived Newsletters

The current Training Calendar and past issues can be downloaded here. Child care centers and family child care providers who are listed with CCR&R receive a copy of the newsletter through the mail or email each quarter. Training Calendars contains local and state updates, funding and scholarship postings, program updates as well as training schedules.

Go to our newsletter page.

Enroll in Our Database or Update Your Information

Not yet enrolled with CCR&R's registered providers? Inclusion in our database will help you get plugged in to a comprehensive range of local resources and support. Just complete and return the appropriate Provider Enrollment Form for your center (PDF) or family child care home (PDF).

If you are provider who is already enrolled in the database, we want to ensure that your records are correct. Please call 211, and update any information, this way you can continue to benefit from this valuable service.

  • Mail completed forms to:

    Child Care Resource & Referral of Washington County
    Community Action
    1001 SW Baseline Street
    Hillsboro, OR 97123

  • Or fax completed forms to 971-223-6101
  • To receive a blank form by mail, please call 971.223.6100.
  • Email / Scan completed form to:

Quality Rating Improvement System - Now called Spark

Early childhood is the most critical time in a person’s growth. Because of this, parents and families need resources to make informed decisions about child care and their early learning options. Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) now called Spark, provides these resources and is a shining example of how Oregon is working to improve child care so that it serves a dynamic role in preparing children for school.

More specifically, Spark raises the quality and consistency of child care and learning programs, and improves the professional development of early childhood educators through training and incentives. It is a key component of Oregon’s early learning plan, and designed to align and build upon other key early learning initiatives.
Spark is a voluntary system using a set of progressively higher program standards to evaluate the quality of an Early Learning and Development program, and supporting program improvement.

Spark is designed to:

  • Support early learning and development programs through providing high-quality care and education by offering free tools, incentives, and professional advice
  • Help parents and caregivers find and measure early learning and development programs that fit their needs with the help of an easy-to-understand rating system
  • Ensure that children have high-quality early learning experiences that help them develop the skills they need to be ready for Kindergarten and life

Spark envisions all children in Oregon having access to high quality child care and education, promoting optimal child development, school readiness, and continued success throughout life.

Continuing Education and Scholarship Opportunities

  • The Scholarship Program provides financial support for training and education for providers working in family child care, center child care, Head Start, and before/after school programs.

  • In PCC’s Early Education and Family Studies program, we offer you the skills you need to succeed in the world of childhood development, education centers, child care and assisted education.

  • The Early Childhood Education Specialization at Portland State University is a non-licensure degree program that culminates in a master's in curriculum and instruction focused on young children, birth through 8 years old.

  • The WOU undergraduate Early Childhood (EC) program prepares skilled and reflective teacher leaders in the field of early childhood who are advocates for young children (birth - 4th grade) and their families.

More Information on the Web