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By Jess Macinko
News Editor 

City's childcare 'desert' has few oases


March 15, 2017

Jess Macinko

PLAY TIME: Sharon Williams in the playroom of her house. Williams operates "Friends and More," Goldendale's only licensed daycare facility.

It may be little comfort to parents, but Goldendale might just escape the title of "childcare desert," depending on how you parse the term. As defined by the Center for American Progress, childcare deserts are ZIP codes "with at least 30 children under the age of five and either no child care centers or so few centers that there are more than three times as many children under age five as there are spaces in centers." The 2010 census pegged Goldendale's under five population at 230 (the U.S. Census Bureau's 2011 – 2015 estimate places that number closer to 360). Combined, Goldendale's two licensed childcare providers, Friends and More Family Childcare and the Mid-Columbia Children's Cou...

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