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Posted on: April 24, 2019

Community Development Week - Wednesday Spotlight

Today's Community Development Week Spotlight Event features Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, an organization that oversees the Child Care Voucher Collaborative, a program that assists parents most in need with paying for childcare in Portland.

Catherine Morrill Day Nursery - Childcare Voucher Collaborative

The Portland CDBG Child Care Voucher Collaborative is a project that involves 5 high quality early childhood development programs in Portland: Catherine Morrill Day Nursery, Youth & Family Outreach, The Opportunity Alliance, Peaks Island Children's Workshop and St. Elizabeth's Child Development Center. This project provides a subsidy for Portland low-to-moderate income parents in order for them to work, go to school or participate in needed services that will move them towards employment. The cost of child care can be a barrier for parents to participate in the workforce, and with this subsidy, parents pay a co-payment in the amount of 10% of the cost of child care, which varies depending on the age (infant, toddler or preschool). The original intent of this subsidy was for it to be short-term while a parent is waiting for acceptance into other federal subsidy programs, since the application process can be cumbersome and jobs won't wait for the parents' subsidy application to be completed. We have found that the State subsidy programs have a limited scope in their eligibility qualifications, particularly for parents who are the most at-risk, so that sometimes, it is not short-term but fills in the gaps of other funding sources. This project's flexibility allows for stability for the family while they move in and out of employment and the federal subsidy system, allowing their children to thrive while they can contribute to their own self-sufficiency..

"I learned of Catherine Morrill through a program I was in for women with children struggling from addiction when T. was six months....I got a call informing me that T. could start within a week. I was nervous but very happy with T. in daycare, I could begin making serious steps toward making a better life for my son and I/we have been treated with nothing but kindness and understanding since we started with Catherine Morrill. The payment for Catherine Morrill was more then I could afford but the scholarships and grants have helped my son and I immensely. Today I am an assistant manager with my company and T. and I are about to move into our first apartment together." -Catherine Morrill Assisted Parent

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