CEL News


TRI's Center on Early Learning Hosts Dr. Chris Amirault

Posted on August 31, 2016

CEL Annual Conference 2016 Welcomes Keynote Dr. Chris Amirault

Dr. Chris Amirault

Dr. Chris Amirault is currently an early childhood and non-profit leadership consultant living in Mérida, Mexico. He has served as the President of the Rhode Island NAEYC affiliate, as the Chair of the Council for NAEYC Accreditation, as Executive Director of the NAEYC-accredited Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center in Providence RI, and in many other leadership capacities.

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Center on Early Learning Staff Reflect on the 2016 QRIS National Meeting

Posted on July 28, 2016

Center on Early Learning Logo


TRI's Center on Early Learning staff participated in four presentations at the 2016 QRIS National Meeting, hosted by the QRIS National Learning Network and the Build Initiative.



Two TRI staff members presented at the QRIS national conference for the first time. They were both very excited to take this important step in their careers, and to present to a wide audience the important work they have been part of here at TRI.

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TRI's Tom Udell Honored by the Oregon Early Learning Council

Posted on July 6, 2016

Lynne Angland Award Recipients Include TRI's Tom Udell


Tom Udell

The Early Learning Council, overseeing body for the Early Learning Division, has selected two recipients for the Lynne Angland Award. The award recognizes people and organizations who improve safety, quality, affordability and access to child care in Oregon at both the state and local levels.


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The Intersection of Oregon's QRIS and the Oregon Association of ESDs

Posted on May 23, 2016

Gary Glasenapp

TRI's Gary Glasenapp presented information about Oregon's QRIS at the OAESD Spring Conference. Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a program that raises the quality and consistency of child care and early learning programs across the state.


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TRI's Robyn Lopez Melton Part of State and National Conversations about Early Childhood Education

Posted on April 22, 2016

Robyn Lopez Melton

For the past two years, TRI's Robyn Lopez Melton has been making her mark in the field of Early Childhood Education on a local, state, and national level. Through her position at TRI, she serves as the Co-Director of Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), working closely with the Oregon Department of Education, and sharing Oregon's QRIS experiences at early childhood education conferences across the country.

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Oregon's QRIS is Subject of National Webinar

Posted on January 27, 2016

The BUILD Initiative and the QRIS National Learning Network presented a webinar through their "Let's Talk" series: A Multi-Level CQI Approach: Using QRIS Participation Data to Inform System and Program Improvements

Featuring Oregon's QRIS


Oregon's QRIS 5-Star Medalion

Oregon’s QRIS is a relatively new system that has embraced continuous quality improvement (CQI) throughout a multi-level approach: at the system level with the development and implementation team, at the TA model level with the Quality Improvement Specialists (QIS), and at the program level with participating Early Learning Development Programs whose improvement directly affects our children.


It took place on Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016, and was the highest sign up for a Let’s Talk yet!


Click here to see the recorded webinar.  Simply enter your name and click "Submit."



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2015 Center on Early Learning Fall Conference

Posted on September 11, 2015

Fall Conference September 9 - 10

The 2015 Center on Early Learning Fall Conference took place on the campus of Western Oregon University on September 9th and 10th. These two days of targeted trainings and workshops addressed the professional development needs of staff who work in Oregon’s Early Learning System.

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Robyn Lopez Melton Honored as 2015 Emerging Leader in Early Childhood Education

Posted on June 11, 2015

Robyn Lopez-MeltonTRI’s Robyn Lopez Melton received another national honor, and we at TRI couldn’t be prouder.

Last year, Robyn was appointed to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Nominating Panel, to help this nationally recognized organization choose its leadership for the next three years. Now, Robyn has been recognized by Exchange Press as an Exceptional Emerging Leader in the field of early childhood education.


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Robyn Lopez Melton Delivers Keynote Speech at OAEYC Conference

Posted on April 21, 2015

Robyn Lopez Melton

The Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC) honored TRI's Robyn Lopez Melton with an invitation to deliver the keynote speech at their Spring Conference on April 18th. Robyn serves as the director of Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).

Her speech, "Eyes on the I - Exploring the role of Improvement in QRIS" stressed the focus on continuous improvement that belongs to both the child care programs participating in the QRIS process as well as the project itself. Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System is continually working on its own Quality Improvement Plan, with the help of feedback from partners and participants.

Robyn Lopez Melton also facilitated an interactive discussion with a panel of three child care program directors who had successfully gone through the QRIS process. The panel described their experiences, including both the challenges and the rewards of becoming QRIS programs.


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