Parents, elected officials hold City Hall on the state of childcare in Washtenaw County

ANN ARBOR – Washtenaw County parents and elected officials will gather on October 29 to discuss childcare issues for local families.

City Hall is free and open to the public and takes place in the Wolverine Room in the Michigan Union from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the event has limited seating and Registration is required take part.

According to a press release, “the event aims to shed some light on the future of childcare in the county and how we can come together to find answers for parents in need”.

Speakers for the event include District Commissioners Andy LaBarre and Caroline Sanders, Ann Arbor City Councilor Linh Song (D-Ward 2), State Senator Jeff Irwin, State Representative Felicia Brabec, and others.

Those who are unable to attend can use the registration form to ask the speakers questions. The event will also be broadcast live on Facebook for those who tune in from afar.

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“If it wasn’t clear beforehand, the pandemic has shown that childcare is a critical infrastructure,” local parent and event co-organizer Liz Lin said in a press release. “The lack of affordable, high-quality childcare has innumerable effects – it endangers the physical and emotional well-being of children and families, it takes workers (especially women) out of the labor market and on and on.

“I am grateful that this group of child carers and elected officials will join us to discuss the challenges of meeting this massive need and the solutions they offer.”

Catherine Hadley, co-organizer and co-organizer of the event, hopes the event will provide answers for families in need of childcare.

“This is a great opportunity for us to sit down and see where we can come together to care for parents in need across the county,” Hadley said in a press release. “For many of us, this is a chance to see what is emerging for nursing and hopefully get answers to some of our questions.”

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To register for the event or to ask a question, Click here.

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