This fall, our community has reason to celebrate! The opening of the Little Star South Collaborative (LSSC) childcare marks a significant step towards eliminating a critical barrier to health and well-being for many of our neighbors: access to high-quality, affordable childcare.
For years, our neighbors have shared with Room One their struggles to find childcare. A recent assessment showed up to 60% of local families with children 5 and under do not have the childcare they need. Not only does quality early childhood education support parents' ability to join the workforce and reduce stress, it has the power to change a child's life. Children with high quality early childhood education are more likely to graduate high school, attend college and own a home, and are less likely to become pregnant as teens or commit crimes. For our most vulnerable families and children, early childhood education matters.
Recognizing the need and unique potential to build lifelong health and opportunity alongside families, Room One partnered with Little Star and TwispWorks to launch the LSSC. The childcare will become a new site of Little Star, Room One will provide wrap-around family support services and partner with Little Star to provide parenting support and education. TwispWorks serves as a "place-maker," creating a welcoming home for families and connection to community.
We are so excited about this collaboration based not around a single non-profit's mission, but on an outcome identified and lifted up by our community: that all children, all families in the Methow Valley are able to access the resources they need to thrive.