State will relax rules for daycare centers to meet growing demand

A group of students at Grace Christian Children's Center in Columbia County pose for a picture after a coloring session. Oregon announced tighter restrictions for existing daycare centers, while also announcing it would rush background checks and training for new prospective childcare workers, in an effort to create emergency daycare options for essential workers.

The state says it is relaxing some processes and expediting others, in an effort to expand childcare centers to meet demand throughout the state.

New guidelines released Wednesday, March 18, by the Oregon Department of Education's Early Learning Division, the agency responsible for granting licenses to childcare centers, will clamp down on certain operations at daycare centers, while expediting the ability for others to get cleared to work as childcare providers.