(September News) We know that affordable and reliable childcare is critical for families. It can mean parents are able to return to work, maintain a reliable work schedule, or just get respite from the challenging job of caring for children; and it has a lasting impact on the health and well-being of kids. When childcare is unreliable, parents are too often forced to to miss work or significantly reduce their hours, which is a difficult situation when family budgets are already tight. The loss of critical income can mean...
missing car payments, when transportation is critical for work and life in our rural valley,
losing health insurance benefits, which can be devastating with the costs of healthcare,
not making rent or mortgage payments, with limited affordable housing in our area,
losing the independence and confidence gained through earning a living wage (particularly after leaving an abusive or controlling situation), or
an inability to “take a parenting break,” which brings important resilence to parents as they raise their kids.
Recognizing that childcare seriously affects parents, children, employers and the health of the valley economy, Little Star, Room One and Twisp Works came together three years ago to launch the Little Star South Collaborative (LSSC) and the new Little Star South campus in Twisp. This essential childcare resource provides high-quality early childhood education for kiddos ages 0-3 years and our Family Advocate, Sarah Washam, regularly supports Little Star teachers and families in navigating challenges along the way.
Two years into this big, bold collaboration, we thought you might want to hear an update, so we sat down with Dani Reynaud, Executive Director of Little Star, to reflect on the success and challenges of this important project! Click here to read more…