CITYSPEAK Q&A: Corvallis’s Childcare Desert – Tue., March 15, 6:30 pm

Our community is considered a childcare desert – meaning there are not enough open slots for area children in need of care during their parents’ work hours. So, for our next CitySpeak town hall, we are examining why childcare is both expensive and scarce, and what state leaders can do to help.

The childcare shortage is impacting our community, and area economics professionals view the lack in availability as a serious local concern.

Additionally, as people leave the workforce because they can’t find childcare, we all feel the staffing shortages in everything from healthcare to public transportation, restaurants to grocery stores – and that’s a list that could go on.

Our panel of local experts includes both academics studying our local childcare landscape, and people in the trenches trying to provide childcare when they themselves often can’t find enough staff. Our panelists include:

  • Helen Higgins, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis
  • Brenda Daigle, Director, Corvallis Community Children’s Centers
  • Amy Luhn, Director, OSU Family Resource Center 
  • Megan Pratt, Coordinator, Oregon Child Care Research Partnership

Slated for Tuesday, March 15

Starting at 6:30 p.m., the forum is a unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at our local childcare industry, its impact on our local economy, and to ask questions of our panel. The program will be moderated by Steven J. Schultz and Emilie Ratcliff.

How to Access CitySpeak Forums

Live on The Advocate’s website or Facebook page, with generous time allotted for questions from the public. If you can’t make the live event, the video will be available on The Advocate’s website and social media pages.

How to Get a Question Submitted

Viewers can submit questions before and during the forum. You can email cityspeak@corvallisadvocate.com, message us on social media, or just post your question on one of the social media posts of the event.

During the event, you can email or message us on social media, or you can also submit your question on the Facebook posting of the live event.

CitySpeak forums are free to the public, and are co-presented by City Club of Corvallis and The Corvallis Advocate. Sponsors include Peak Sports and First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op.

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