Committees/Commissions

Mission:
Create a tangible network of early learning care options within our community, supportive of working families, the Ashland economy, and most importantly our children.
 
Goal:
Support Ashland working families with affordable early-learning childcare solutions that focus on
attracting and retaining Ashland’s workforce, strengthening Ashland School District enrollment, and preparing our youngest citizens for kindergarten, independent of economic status.
 
City of Ashland Value Statements Supported by this Ad Hoc Committee:
  • Community affordability, including in available housing and childcare
  • Belonging through mutual respect and openness, inclusion, and equity
  • Quality of life that underpins the City's economic vibrancy
 Committee Charge:
Define the existing early learning environment in Ashland including total number of early learning seats, both private and non-profit, composition of programs (in-home, centers, other) and economics of existing programs (Head Start, Preschool Promise, Private Tuition, annual costs to family and caregivers). Assess and define Ashland’s unaddressed early learning requirements.
 
Identify resources capable of contributing to an early learning solution including, but not limited to:
  • Physical Assets (Brick and Mortar, tangible supplies to provide service, etc)
  • Business Partners
  • Non-Profit Partners
  • Coordination of Service Expertise
  • Options to support families with special needs
 Consider and plan for the needs of the care providers, specifically:
  • Living wage positions,
  • Appropriate benefits,
  • Training opportunities, and
  • Recruitment of educators and staff.
 Recommend a communication plan, including:
  • Where residents and families can find information about early learning opportunities
  • How to keep such resources up to date
  • Contact information for existing programs 
Develop a strategic plan capable of tangibly providing for Ashlands unaddressed early learning needs.


Questions can be directed to dana.smith@ashland.or.us or at 541.488.5350.
 
 
Established
03/15/2023

Members

Name Email Title Term Begin Term End
Dylan Bloom City Councilor
Samuel Bogdonove Committee Member
Paula Hyatt Chair - Council Liaison
Alissa Kolodzinski Staff Liaison
John Love Committee Member
Helga Motley Committee Member
Kristen Roy Committee Member
Jessica Therkelsen Committee Member
Lisa Verner Committee Member
Sarah Wardwell Committee Member

Upcoming Calendar Events

Date Start End Event Description Location
3/6/2024 1:00 PM 2:00 PM Ad hoc Committee on Affordable Childcare
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