Teaching Research Institute

Child Development Center awarded the Oregon Program of Quality Designation

MONMOUTH, Ore. – The Teaching Research Institute’s Child Development Center (TRI-CDC) at Western Oregon University (WOU) has received designation as an Oregon Program of Quality. Ingrid Amerson, director of the TRI-CDC, commented, “We are very proud and excited to have achieved OPQ Designation for our child care program.”

The OPQ process enhances and recognizes quality child care programs, resulting in a state designation as an Oregon Program of Quality. To achieve the designation, TRI-CDC had to meet research-based standards for program quality, including collaborative family partnerships, child development and learning, highly qualified personnel, health and safety practices, developmental environments, and effective administration and business practices. TRI-CDC participated in the first OPQ statewide-cohort.

“We know that quality child care services make a huge difference for children, families and the community,“ said Amerson. “During the process of creating a portfolio to demonstrate the quality of childhood care and education at TRI-CDC, we not only recognized our strengths but we had the opportunity to make improvements to our program. This award confirms that our efforts through the years at maintaining high quality child care and education have been successful.”

The Oregon Program of Quality is an initiative of EQUIP, the state’s innovative public-private partnership aimed at improving the quality of child care, strengthening the early care and pre-school workforce and preparing Oregon’s youngest children for success in school.

TRI-CDC provides child care and pre-school for children ages 30 months to six years of age.  The center’s goal is to provide a safe, secure learning environment that meets the developmental and individual needs of all children and their families. Children attending the Center include both those with and without special learning needs. TRI-CDC is located on the campus of Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore.

About TRI
TRI’s mission is to inform and facilitate change in educational and human service systems that improve the quality of life for individuals. Originally established in 1961 with a focus on educational research, TRI also focuses on evaluation, professional development, and technical assistance, in traumatic brain injury, sensory disabilities, autism, early childhood care and education, teacher effectiveness, data analysis and systems, and proficiency-based teaching and learning in K-12 classrooms. Teaching Research houses two national centers, the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness, and the Center on Brain Injury Research & Training – both of which provide services and resources throughout the United States as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin.

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Contacts for media:
Ella Taylor, director of Teaching Research Institute
503-838-8589 or taylore@wou.edu

Ingrid Amerson, director, Child Development Center
503-838-8769 or amersoi@wou.edu

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