Let’s Talk About Child Care as Part of Workforce Development

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Working parents call us every week searching for child care options that match their needs.  Child care specialists discuss quality and convenience indicators with them so they can choose. It’s a difficult decision. Last month the Center for American Progress released a detailed and interactive report about one of the reasons that finding care can be so hard. Click here for the interactive map.

New York State is one of the most severe child care deserts.  There are simply not enough quality programs for our children.  This hurts parents who want to work, hurts employers looking for staff, and hurts our state’s ability to attract the kind of employers we say we want.  It’s time to recognize child care as a workforce development tool. Let’s get a dialogue going.  Call today, 315.782.4900, extension 240.

Record Number of Meals Served

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Community Action Planning Council’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) served a record number of meals this past summer, providing a total of 19,147 lunches and 14,912 snacks.  On average, 795 children received lunch each day.  The program is a major undertaking as meals are prepared in the Community Action kitchen, packaged and delivered to 30 different sites across Jefferson County.

The Summer Food Service Program is designed to provide free nutritious meals to children during the summer months when school meals are not available.  SFSP is funded by the US Department of Agriculture with local promotional support from the Nutrition Outreach and Education Program at Community Action Planning Council.

“The Summer Food Service Program is vital to those families whose household budgets are already to the limit,” said Dawn Cole, Deputy Director for Community Action Planning Council.  “We were very pleased to welcome new partner sites to the program, such as City of Watertown Parks and Recreation, which in turn allowed us to serve more children.  We look forward to continuing to grow the program and serving even more children next year.”

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, please call 315.782.4900, extension 233.