City Items of Interest

From the Mayor's Office:

The Seattle Human Services Department’s (HSD) Child Care Assistance Program helps working families in Seattle pay for high-quality child care for children ages one month to 13 years old. Last year this program had 375 children on the waitlist, so I'm pleased to announce we've expanded the program. The Human Service Department has allocated $2,682,310 in 2013 for child care assistance payments, which will serve approximately 835 children of low- or moderate-income parents who are working or enrolled in job training.

These subsidies will help parents find and keep a good job. And while they are at work, their children deserve a high-quality, nurturing environment to learn and prepare for success in Kindergarten and beyond. There are currently about 300 available slots so please help spread the word to families who may have been turned away from the waitlist in prior years.

The amount of payment varies according to the income of the family, age of the child, and the hours of care needed. The City pays between 25% and 70% of the cost for child care, and the family is responsible for paying the difference between the voucher amount and the provider’s regular monthly rate.
To qualify, the parent must:
  • Live within the Seattle city limits
  • Be employed and/or enrolled in educational/job training
  • Have child/children under 13 years of age
  • Use a provider contracted with the City of Seattle
  • Not be eligible for any other child care subsidy program
  • Meet the income guidelines based on family size
Qualifying families can choose from more than 131 licensed family child care homes and centers in Seattle that contract with the City to provide high-quality and affordable child care. Of the 131, 111 sites are at social service agencies or child care centers, and 20 are in homes.
For more information on the program and on how to apply, please call 206-386-1050

Also, KUOW's RadioActive 2013 Summer Workshop is looking for youth, ages 16-18 to learn about journalism in radio.  They will be selecting eight participants to create a daily podcast for KUOW of original stories.  For completing the program they will receive a $750 stipend.

More info here.  

High School Teens invited to citywide Teen Summit

The Seattle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and its 2013 Delta GEMS are gearing up for its 5th Annual Teen Summit.

In partnership with the Mayor's Office and Seattle Parks & Recreation, this year's event is entitled “Keep It 100” and will include a combination of fun activities, guest speakers, and discussions of hot topics impacting teens in our community.

The Teen Summit will take place Saturday, April 20th from 10am-3pm at Van Asselt Community Center, 2820 S. Myrtle St, Seattle, WA. The summit is free and lunch will be provided.


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