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A new bill from Sen. Patty Murray would create a $50 billion fund to support child care, a critical sector of the economy that has been hit hard by COVID-19 and will be essential to efforts for parents to return to work.
The Washington state Department of Commerce is making grants available to organizations, nonprofits and government entities to help solve the shortfall in child care, which is an industry particularly hard hit during the coronavirus pandemic.
The news that a toddler who had been cared for at a Spokane child care center tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month made at least one other center director feel sick to her stomach – and it worried many more.
A toddler cared for at Just Imagine Child Care Center tested positive for COVID-19 during the weekend, marking the first case affiliated with a child care provider in Spokane County.
The coronavirus epidemic has dramatically changed the face of child care in Washington State, while also raising clues about how to repair an inadequate system that has become much worse.
The Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance has been a champion of early learning in Spokane since 2006. As supporters of early childhood education, we are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on child care.
Washington state officials are urging child care providers and after-school programs to stay open amid statewide school closures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives for child care centers statewide and Spokane-area in-home child care facilities pointed out the irony in the state’s request.
A person bringing a gun or other weapon in or near a child care center could be charged with a gross misdemeanor under a bill passed Tuesday by the Legislature.
Women are expected to run for office in high numbers in 2020, but many of them face financial hurdles paying for child care while they campaign
Councilwoman Kate Burke wants to provide free access to early childhood care in Spokane.
The recent Guest Opinion about Baby Caiden (“Still work to be done in case of Baby Caiden,” Mary Ann Murphy, Aug. 15) was a disturbing example of how child abuse and neglect in all its forms is an all-too-common problem, both nationally and locally.
While an expanding list of rules have contributed to a number of family home providers going out of business, one particular area of the new Washington Administrative Code regulations has providers even more concerned: education requirements that could send many providers back to school over the next five years.
While parents are choosing what type of provider, program and setting will meet their child’s needs, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families is making sure that ALL Washington children have equitable access to services that are high quality, safe and healthy.
The child care crisis is about to get worse in Washington after new rules go into effect on August 1.
Senate passes restrictions on guns in day care centers.
The network of quality child care in Spokane and beyond is fraying at the edges. Some call it a national crisis. For providers in Washington state, higher minimum wages costs have risen while state subsidies cover at most three-quarters of the cost of care. But that’s not the only problem. The other problem is access.
There is a child care area at the Christmas Bureau for children to visit while parents pick out their Christmas gifts, so as not to spoil the surprise of what Santa is bringing them on Christmas Day. Nearly every day several students from Rogers High School are there to help.
When should milder illnesses keep children home? Public schools have general illness guidelines and allow a doctor’s OK for when a child can return to class. But day care operators often have stricter policies that can send a kid home for 24 hours, regardless, as one Spokane mom recently learned.
A dire child care workforce crisis amid a booming U.S. economy is compelling many industry players to turn to business tactics more closely resembling Wall Street than “Sesame Street” – including noncompete clauses for child care workers and client families, college tuition incentives for the workers and non-refundable wait list fees for desperate parents seeking day care slots.
All parents have to make the call: When is a child ready to be home alone for the first time?