Douglas County Childcare Coalition

D.C. Childcare Coalition Program Information

Childcare Incentive Program – The Coalition is offering financial bonuses to:

  • A newly hired childcare staff or an owner/operator of a new childcare program
  • A childcare owner/operator who expands their business to increase the number of children cared for
  • A childcare owner/operator who adds slots in one or more of the needed types of care
  • Review the Program Guidelines to see if you qualify

Health and Safety Project – The Coalition is promoting health, safety and accessibility through two opportunities:

  • Pre-selected packages of indoor and outdoor equipment
  • Up to $3,000 to support a small improvement project
  • Review the Program Guidelines to see if you qualify

Request and application link by emailing [email protected] or calling 541-957-4808.

Who we are…

The Douglas County Childcare Coalition (DCCC) is a broad-based group of early learning professionals, business leaders, education and workforce partners, faith-based leaders, government officials, and community members committed to improving access to local childcare. Since 2020, the Coalition has focused on supporting childcare operators, promoting workforce engagement in childcare, addressing challenges in establishing new facilities, and raising awareness about the vital role of childcare in the community.

Why is this important?

The lack of quality, accessible, and affordable childcare in Douglas County:

  • Forces parents to stay out of the workforce
  • Adds pressure on local employers needing talent to thrive
  • Results in children lacking critical skills for school readiness and future success

Our Mission: Together as a community, we work towards increasing the quantity, quality, and accessibility of childcare in Douglas County. 

Our Goal

Douglas County is a childcare desert for children aged 0-5, with a significant shortage of available slots. A 2021 DCCC analysis revealed a deficit of 500 slots for ages 0-5 and 145 after-school openings. Since then, childcare capacity has increased by 100 slots (20%). The Coalition's newest goal is to add 150 more slots by 2027.

The Coalition takes action in the following areas:

Childcare is Fundamental

The Childcare is Fundamental campaign highlights the significance of quality and accessible childcare for parents, employers, and the community. Visit Childcareis.org to learn more about how the lack of childcare affects Douglas County Oregon and ways you can help.

To get involved: [email protected]