Letter: State needs the CFDC

Published: 5/23/2020 12:01:17 AM
Modified: 5/23/2020 12:01:04 AM

As the Monitor has reported, NHTI recently decided to keep the Child and Family Development Center closed even after the pandemic.

In the last month, parents have written multiple times to President Mullin-Sawicki asking for a meeting, which she has refused every time. We’re concerned about the success of the request for proposal process during this uncertain economic climate and have advocated for CARES Act funds to be applied to keep the CFDC open for one more year while a mutually beneficial, long-term solution is found.

The governor has made funds available through the CARES Act for childcare centers and yet NHTI has refused to apply for those funds just like they refused the families’ offer to continue paying tuition and yet blame the closure on financial reasons.

But President Mullin-Sawicki and CCSNH Board Chairman Jeremy Hitchcock can still make the right decision.

As a parent, I’m heartbroken for the loss of this center. As a teacher, I recognize the importance of lab schools in developing new teachers. As a community member, I’m at a loss about what this means for our state when initiatives like this are given up.

The CFDC was created to address the need of early ed teachers and the state looked to NHTI as a partner in this workforce development initiative.

The CFDC has been a leader in the state, but that work is not over. We should be celebrating and reinforcing social institutions that solve collective problems right now. Not tearing them down.

ALEXANDRA STEWART

Concord




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