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YVCC pre-school to remain open through June 2005

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Edwards, who alerted the media and Grandview city officials that the center was slated for closure last week, led a campaign to champion reopening the center in the new year.

The Washington State Migrant Council (WSMC), in conjunction with the City of Grandview, announced Friday the pre-school learning center located on the YVCC Grandview campus will remain open through the end of the contract year in June 2005.

Earlier, Edwards said the center's staff informed parents that the center might not reopen after Christmas break.

Last Wednesday, calls to the Sunnyside WSMC corporate office confirmed that the center would be closing, however, initially, only for the Christmas vacation.

Carlos Diaz, WSMC chief executive officer, said during the Christmas vacation closure, which coincides with the campus closure, the WSMC would be evaluating cost factors in the private pay operation of the day care program.

However, after meeting with Grandview city officials Thursday, Diaz and the city of Grandview issued a second press release saying the center would continue to provided child care development through the end of the contract year.

Edwards was elated about the announcement since it had been her understanding the center where her daughter has attended classes for the past year was closing permanently. She wanted to know why

the center, which is funded by the WSMC, would be closing with so little warning.

"It was our understanding they (WSMC) have a contract with Grandview to provide services until June 2005," said Edwards.

In the WSMC's press announcement, Diaz said he hoped misunderstandings on behalf of the parents and the public would be alleviated.

"We strongly urge these same parents and concerned community members to loudly support and recommended the services offered at the college," Diaz said in the written statement.

"The learning center is open to all parents needing quality day care services and the Washington State Migrant Council will be preparing a recruitment and information session when the center opens again in January 2005," he said.

Edwards, who said she had never led a crusade to save something before, said there was no confusion among the parents concerning the closure announcement.

"We were told it was closing. The parents were told that if that situation changed we'd hear about it during the Christmas break," explained Edwards, whose husband attended YVCC last year.

"But I'm very happy that the center will stay open," said the woman.

The WSMC center, which is licensed for 20 children, has suffered from low daily enrollment since the council took over its management in 2002.

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