Proponents of the cuts predicted that churches and other nonprofit groups would step in, but Frieling says that hasn’t happened, and those that do have after-school programs are also struggling financially.
Fewer families are part of Working Connections, the state-funded program which shares the cost of child care with working parents so they can keep working. Funding cuts have changed the eligibility requirements, meaning families have to be poorer to qualify. Even so, Frieling notes, the demand for affordable care is high.
“What we’re hearing in some communities is, because so many cuts have already had to be made to this program, there’s been a wait list established; and that some families may have siblings care for younger children, or leaving kids home alone unattended, during the hours that they’re not in school.”
Almost 40 percent of children whose families receive child-care subsidies are ages 5 through 12, she says. According to the Washington State Budget and Policy Center, lack of access to affordable child care is the biggest barrier for families trying to pull themselves out of poverty.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – Adequate Yearly Progress reports released yesterday show Aberdeen schools inching forward and Hoquiam loosing ground. The federal report, shows Aberdeen School District up 4 tenths of a percent with 62.7% for last year, Hoquiam fell from 81% AYP for the previous school year to 67.3% for last year. The State Summary shows Washington fell overall from 63.1 to 62.2%.
CHEHALIS, Wash. – Lewis County residents and visitors may see something new on their windshield, a postcard sized note complimenting owners if doors are locked, or tips to prevent theft if doors are not locked. The program, “Prevent Crime – Lock Your Doors Every Time,” begins next week throughout Lewis County. Sheriff Steve Mansfield said they have had numerous problems with vehicle prowls in the county.
MONTESANO, Wash. – Timelines at the County level could soon change with yesterday’s announcement that Washington’s Redistricting Commission will be unveiling their draft plans at two special meetings on September 13th. That date also marks the opening of the public comment period on the draft plans, which will run through October 11th. The Commission plans to release a final congressional and legislative redistricting plan by early November. Grays Harbor County had planned to adopt a final plan by early December.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s Redistricting Commission says they have concluded their public forums and will be unveiling draft plans at special meetings on September 13th. From May to August the Commission held 18 public forums statewide to gather input from over 1,000 of Washington’s community leaders and residents. September 13th also marks the opening of the public comment period on the draft plans, which will run through October 11th. The Commission plans to release a final congressional and legislative redistricting plan by early November.
ABERDEEN, Wash. – A man was assaulted by his ex girlfriend with a screwdriver this morning. Aberdeen police tell us the 45 year old man opened the door to his apartment in the 300 block of North Alder and was confronted by the woman he had broken up with three days earlier. 55 year old Cheryl Henderson allegedly stabbed the man in the chest and arm before a second person called 911. Investigators recovered the screwdriver at the scene, the suspect was arrested without incident for Assault in the 2nd degree, and domestic violence. The Aberdeen Fire Department treated the victim, and transported him to Community Hospital in Aberdeen.