March 4, 2010 in Letters

Early Head Start a keeper

The Spokesman-Review
 

The city of Spokane has always had the reputation of having people who were willing to work hard to provide for those who are the most vulnerable in our community. Simply, this dedication and commitment has made Spokane a great place to live.

Recently, consideration to close Early Head Start at Crosswalk for young parents and their children is threatening to eliminate a very exceptional program in our community. The families at Early Head Start as a group are the most vulnerable and least protected population in our community. They certainly need our efforts to protect and help them make the transition into being successful parents.

Early Head Start has been blessed with three outstanding individuals who have worked with these families over the years. They are: Mary Cantrell, Page Kenney and Kent Hoffman. All three of these individuals are a true gift to our community and the families they work so hard to help day in and day out. They’re simply priceless.

I would encourage that the decision to close Early Head Start at Crosswalk be carefully considered – remembering that the ones that will potentially be hurt by this decision will ultimately not be the adults involved but the children who don’t have a vote.

Jim Loudermilk

Spokane

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