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Seattle Schools Announces Programs Losing Space & Next Steps

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Policy & Legislation

Thank you to everyone who spoke out in support of Seattle before and afterschool care programs. Your voice was heard and actions by Seattle Public Schools are underway to support programs at-risk of closing next year as well as designing new and, hopefully, transparent processes for repurposing school space. Parents and providers wrote emails to school board members, testified at the school board meeting, shared information on social media, and were interviewed by several media outlets. Great job!

Now the work continues. SPS has listed programs at 7 schools that will have to relocate:

You can read the full announcement posted on the SPS website.

Next Steps: We Need Your Input

This obviously has very real and concerning impacts for providers, families, and children. SPS, SOWA, and the Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) along with several providers have developed a first version of a child care-school partnership tool to help provide a process to save child care. We would love your feedback on this tool as it will be revised by SPS and stakeholders for use moving forward.

While fewer programs than originally anticipated appear to be at-risk next school year, there are many challenges facing limited space in the years ahead as well as this summer as school construction projects may displace summer programming. If you have any questions or thoughts, feel free to contact SOWA Policy and Advocacy Director David Beard at dbeard@schoolsoutwashington.org.

We will continue to work with SPS, providers, and other stakeholders to ensure the decision-making processes regarding space and partnership are greatly improved and ensure vital before and afterschool care is available for Seattle’s children and families.

 


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