Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler announced Monday that she secured $583,390 in support of an effort by the Washington Gorge Action Programs (WAGAP) to develop a childcare facility in Goldendale.

The FY22 Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill included funding for this community-supported request seeking federal funds to renovate or construct a facility in Goldendale to serve as a childcare or early learning center. Currently there are no licensed childcare providers operating in the region except for a Head Start program that is at capacity.

“Southwest Washington is what’s known as a ‘child care desert’ and no one understands that more than working parents and employers in Klickitat County. As we rebound from COVID, it’s clear that childcare is going to be crucial in helping folks get back to work and making sure employers have the workforce they need. That’s why I proudly advocated for the community’s request for funding that will construct a childcare facility in Goldendale to better serve families throughout the surrounding community,” Herrera Beutler said.