Letters to the Editor

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Tag: child care


BUDGET: Senate plan would hurt needy people

The state Senate operating and capital budgets proposed in the past two weeks would cut housing, health care and child care for vulnerable citizens in these ways:

• Eliminating the Aged, Blind and Disabled program.

• Cutting state homelessness programs by 52 percent.

• Increasing the number of people experiencing homelessness during the 2013-2015 biennium by 20,400 more people.

• Drastically cutting a variety of safety net programs like Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and Working Connections Child Care.

• Significantly cutting the Housing Trust Fund

While an education-focused budget for K-12 and higher education will help solve many of

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EDUCATION: Care providers can offer insights

Re: “For kindergartners, a big day” (TNT, 9-6).

Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WAKIDS) is a great transition-to-school program for new kindergartners across Washington state. One thing the program is still missing, however, is the unique perspective child-care providers can contribute.

Many children come to elementary school on the first day already having had “early childhood education” with Head Start, Early Head Start, ECEAP (Washington’s Head Start equivalent), or child care in a licensed family home or child-care center.

According to our data, approximately 175,000 children are in child care on any given day in Washington. The providers

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CHILDREN: Foster care system needs more funding

I believe that the foster care system should be getting more funding. These last few years it has been losing money until it became a shell of what it once was. Children in our foster care systems are not getting the care they need. The system has to cut corners, and they can’t take care of the number of children that need it. That number is growing. Children in the system are getting hurt because of the lack of funding.

One example is the homes that the children live in aren’t properly assessed as often or as well as they

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BUDGET: DSHS program helps working parents

Proposed cuts to the Working Connections Child Care program do not make sense to me. Families want to work so they can set a positive example for their children, and this subsidy allows them to have their children in a safe child-care environment. This little bit of help moves families towards self-sufficiency.

My friend, a single mother, is grateful she has help with the cost of her child care as she struggles to step out of poverty. Making cuts to this Department of Social and Health Services program that helps families go from welfare to work is not the direction

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CHILD CARE: System repeatedly abused

Re: “Welfare cuts go back to drawing board” (TNT, 1-29).

Having worked many years within Working Connections Child Care (WCCC), I had seen it abused repeatedly. Does it make sense to pay more for the monthly cost of child care than the parent earns?

There are recurring abuse cases such as: eligibility established for part-time or temporary employment but the parent quits or is released but continues to use WCCC; not reporting that the other parent is in the household but not employed, which would allow for that other parent to care for their own children; and having a “live-in”

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