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By Rodger Nichols
For The Sentinel 

State to city: you need day care

 

April 18, 2018



The Goldendale City Council had a solid meeting Monday night. In the biggest item on the agenda, councilors approved construction of a new 9,000-square-foot building to house equipment for the public works department, because the city recently sold some of the old Cushland buildings that public works was using for storage, putting those buildings back on the tax rolls. Councilors authorized Public Works director Karl Enyeart to apply for a low-cost $200,000 loan through a state program to construct the building.

One surprise was Camay Rocco of Washington State’s Department of Early Learning, who came from Tacoma to tell the councilors, “We had concerns brought to us that you had no licensed child care in your community. There’s a need for that, and we want to put ourselves out there to help in any way we can for folks to get started either in a child care business or a family child care home.”

She said local staff member Theresa Molly would help walk applicants through the process, even helping them fill out the paperwork. Rocco said that there are no licensed foster homes, and though they didn’t often grant both kinds of licenses to a single home, they would consider it in this case.

 

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