State of Oregon adopts CEPPs 7 Principles for ECD

State of Oregon adopts CEPPs 7 Principles for ECD

Oregon State Capital

Oregon has become the first state in the USA to adopt Childhood and Early Parenting Principles (CEPPs) as a framework for action by state agencies involved in Early Childhood Development (ECD). On 17 May 2019, the Oregon Legislative Assembly passed Joint Resolution 15, adopting CEPPs and it’s Seven Principles ‘as a framework for strong and effective policies and programs for early parenting and early childhood development’.

In 2018 three agencies in Southern Oregon joined the CEPPs Sister Cities Program – Southern Oregon Success, Southern Oregon Early Learning Services and the Health Care Coalition of Southern Oregon. Resolution 15 is an endorsement of these decisions, and invites other state agencies to follow their example in multi-sector collaboration.

Resolution 15 also explains that CEPPs is aligned with the State of Oregon’s multiyear early learning plan, set out in the Early Learning Council’s 2019 “Raise Up Oregon” report. CEPPs is delighted to welcome the State of Oregon as a member of the CEPPs Global Initiative, and on behalf of our Partners and the CEPPs Sister Cities Program, we offer our support and to share resources and experiences putting the CEPPs principles into practice.

The CEPPs Seven Principles were published in 2016 and are a synthesis of best practice in successful ECD Programs operating for over 10 years in developed and developing countries. In 2018 CEPPs was a member of the PMNCH consultative panel for the UNICEF/WHO Nurturing Care Framework (NCF) and the two implementation frameworks are now complementary – NCF operating top-down at country level, and CEPPs bottom-up at city or state level.

ECD Programmes at the origin of CEPPs e.g. Germany, were among those selected and presented as Success Factor case studies in multi-sector collaboration to an international audience at the PMNCH Partners Forum in New Delhi in December 2018. These and other resources will help accelerate Oregon’s ECD Program, providing proven models drawing on many years of practical experience of ‘what works’ when implementing ECD.

The importance of ECD was highlighted at the G20 Buenos Aires summit in December 2018 where member countries, including the USA, signed a common declaration signalling prioritization for the early childhood development agenda. For the first time in the history of G20, Early Childhood Development has been included.  

Here is an extract from the G20 final declaration: 

“14. We launch the G20 Initiative for Early Childhood Development and stand ready to join all stakeholders in enhancing quality and sustainably financed early childhood programs that consider the multidimensional approach of ECD, as means of building human capital to break the cycle of intergenerational and structural poverty, and of reducing inequalities, especially where young children are most vulnerable.”

The State of Oregon is to be congratulated for this commitment to improve the lives of all mothers, families and young children, thereby breaking the cycles of disadvantage and poverty, to build the fairer, healthier and more peaceful society we aspire to in the future.

It is hoped that the support and resources now available at so many levels will allow Oregon to accelerate the implementation of this ECD Program statewide, and that success will encourage other cities and states to follow. If you are interested in further information please contact us.

Valerie Unite, CEPPs Executive Director
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