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More than a quarter of Spokane County child care centers are temporarily closed – and many are wondering how they’ll reopen

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., May 13, 2020

COVID-19 case at Spokane child care center marks first at county provider

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.


Gina Petry: COVID-19 and child care: It’s time to fix this struggling system

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.


Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance: Child care providers deserve support

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 …


‘Remember this moment’: Spokane-area child care providers to remain open, push for more state support as COVID-19 spreads

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

As more women run for office, child care remains a hurdle

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


Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke dreams big on child care, explores problem of declining access

Councilwoman Kate Burke wants to provide free access to early childhood care in Spokane.


Spokane Regional Health District: Well-being of our children is paramount

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 …


Spokane child care providers worry new state requirements will close in-home providers, limit future workforce entries

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 …


Heather Moss: Our agency is committed to supporting child-care providers

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 …


Sue Lani Madsen: Washington’s child care crisis is going to worsen as state chooses uniformity over diversity

The child care crisis is about to get worse in Washington after new rules go into effect on August 1.


Wage hikes, access put squeeze on child care

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 …


Rogers High School students help take care of kids at the Christmas Bureau

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 …


The scale of sickness: Schools, day care services may have different standards for ill kids

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 …


‘Broken’ economics for preschool workers, child care sector

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” – …


Home alone time for kids? It depends

All parents have to make the call: When is a child ready to be home alone for the first time?


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017

Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., proposed legislation Thursday designed to increase access to affordable child care, including for families that work non-traditional hours. Murray called the bill “a smart investment in …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017

Spokane community college students face child care rate hikes

Four days a week, before heading to classes at Spokane Falls Community College, Amanda Miller drops off her 2-year-old daughter at a day care center on campus. As a single …


Minimize summer brain drain

Regardless of their socioeconomic background, they’ll forget two months’ worth of math instruction from the previous year by the time they return to classes.


There’s a new ‘Best Places to Work’ list. This time it’s for dads.

Up to a year of paid leave. On-site child care. Flexible work schedules. These are some of the paternity benefits that top companies offer employees, according to a list released …


Spokane woman heading to D.C. to highlight importance of early childhood education

On Sunday, Katie Zobell will load her 23-month-old daughter Paige onto an airplane and fly across the country to speak to lawmakers in Washington D.C.


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017

Child care costs rivaling the price of a college degree put Spokane parents in a pinch

By the time their children finish preschool, some Spokane County parents have paid for the equivalent of a college education at a state university. Child care costs are rising again, …


Trump’s federal hiring freeze forces two Army bases to suspend child care services

Major U.S. Army bases at Fort Knox, Ky., and Wiesbaden, Germany, are shutting down child care and education services for military families due to President Donald Trump’s hiring freeze on …


Child care employee charged with rape of 5-year-old girl

A man employed at a Gig Harbor child care center has been charged with four counts of child rape involving a 5-year-old student.


AmEx unveils big weapon in parental leave arms race

In a move to boost recruitment and retention while keeping up with the corporate Joneses, American Express said it will offer 20 weeks of paid leave to any U.S. employee …


Former day care worker who encouraged kids to fight each other is sentenced

A judge sentenced a former worker at a day care center in Woodbridge, Virginia, to nearly three years in prison for her role in what prosecutors called a “baby fight …


Charles Krauthammer: Trump’s drawbacks disappear down the memory hole

Where are they now – the birtherism, the deportation force, the scorn for teleprompters, the mocking of candidates who take outside money? Down the memory hole.


Trump child care plan breaks with conservative orthodoxy

Donald Trump rolled out a plan Tuesday aimed at making child care more affordable, guaranteeing new mothers six weeks of paid maternity leave and suggesting new incentives for employees to …


Trump touts child care programs, but they’re for guests only

When Donald Trump vowed this week to make child care more accessible and affordable, it was just the second time during his White House campaign that he’s talked about an …


Somali child care providers adapt to state’s new standards

In 2012, Washington state launched an ambitious effort to improve the quality of teaching in preschool and child care centers big and small. As of May, 94 percent of the …