Recent fact-based letters in support of childbirth education at Bates Technical College were discounted in the Viewpoint by Lyle Quasim (TNT, 6-6), Bates’ interim president.
At a time when research is clear about the economic value of early support in the lives of parents, infants and toddlers, Bates is planning to eliminate childbirth education training for professionals and parents and the Parent Infant-Toddler Program. When budgets are tight, it is the most vulnerable who get cut.
Education begins prenatally. Gov. Chris Gregoire supports early education, yet the services for pregnant and early parenting have been drastically cut from our local colleges. It is too bad babies don’t vote.
The RIF-listed instructors will have hearings beginning Wednesday (June 9). I wish the room were filled with the thousands of families who have been served in the last 30 plus years. Bates’ budget difficulties are being solved with short-term solutions and life-long impact on Pierce County families.