Council Member Burke Plans Town Hall on Early Learning and Child Care

Danielle Cossey, 509.625.6255

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 9:41 a.m.

Spokane City Council Member Kate Burke is hosting a Town Hall meeting for early learning and child care providers as well as community members who use or need those services. The Town Hall will be on Friday, Sept. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone. The meeting is meant to talk about community needs and barriers surrounding child care as well as to connect community members with resources.

“So many of the issues we face today – poverty, education, crime, and many others – can be helped at a young age with better care of our young ones,” says Council Member Burke. “Study after study has shown that development at an early age affects later outcomes in educational and life skill areas. In order to succeed as a City that is looking towards the future and taking care of our citizens, we need to talk about the burden families face trying to get good quality early education and child care for their children.”

The event is presented in conjunction with the Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance, Childcare Aware and Community-Minded Enterprises. The goal is to hear from child care professionals and families in need of child care and what issues they face by talking about policy, hearing from constituents as well as knowledgeable speakers, and creating connections with resources.