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City of Mountain View and Children's Creative Learning Center need to return to the negotiating table

Original post made by Anett Gyurak, Rengstorff Park, on Oct 20, 2013

Quality day care is essential to every community. Mountain View City Council members are scheduled to cast a vote on Oct 22, 2013 about whether to return to the negotiating table with Children’s Creative Learning Center (CCLC) or to transfer ownership to a little known Belmont company, Community Gatepath, to run the city’s only NAEYC accredited day care centers. If the vote goes through, Community Gatepath promises to enroll 30% low income residents (as opposed to the current 7%) -- an enrollment approach that the company has no expertise or track record in.

Parents of currently enrolled children were informed about the impending change on Oct 17, 2013 (or 4 working days before the council vote). Parents’ input was not solicited throughout the selection process, even though the proposed change in management will most certainly mean:
1) loss of quality childcare covering 0-2 years -- Community Gatepath plans to cover years 2-5),
2) loss of the only NAEYC accredited child care program in the area -- Community Gatepath’s only daycare center in Belmont is not accredited,
3) a blended 20% special needs and 80% healthy developing classroom approach,
3) letting go of current teachers because most lack special needs teaching credentials.

The current change in proposal and its timeline will have deleterious effects on the well-being of the currently enrolled children. As a start, infant and toddler care is not guaranteed. Given long wait lists in area day care centers that are NAEYC accredited, currently enrolled children most certainly not be able to find a new spot. Given these circumstances, we urge the management of CCLC and the City of Mountain View to return to the negotiating table and work out their differences for the sake of the children and try to find a compromise to ensure that high quality care remains consistently available.

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Posted by Vanessa Nudd
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Completely agree and am very concerned by these proposed changes, along with all of the other CCLC parents I've spoken to. I plan on attending the Tues council meeting as well on Tuesday. Thank you for taking the time to post this so others understand the implications as well.

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