Monday, December 20, 2004
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
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
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
"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