‘Budgets should not be balanced on the backs of our children!’ Says Letter to the Editor About HSU’s Proposed Budget
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I am a local teacher and HSU graduate and my kids go to the HSU Children’s Center while I teach full-time and my husband attends HSU full-time. The HSU Children’s Center makes it possible for us and many others to focus on growing a healthy family while balancing this with a career and/or continuing education. The program is affordable, accessible and extremely high quality. Sadly, its future is now uncertain because of HSU’s $9M budget crisis. HSU may privatize, take funding away, or close the Center to cut costs.
There is still a chance they will leave the program as-is, but this is looking less and less likely as time passes. Decisions are going to be made soon which will impact dozens of HSU students, faculty and their families, as well as families in our greater community.
Supporters of the Center have created a Facebook page called, “Hands off the HSU Children’s Center!” and we have grown to over 400 members in just a few days. We are circulating a petition in support of the Center that has nearly 800 signatures and counting. We are writing letters, attending meetings and otherwise fighting for our beloved Children’s Center to remain functioning as-is!
It is a very personal cause to me especially because I knew it was a place that would be there for my family when we returned to the area after my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. My twins absolutely thrive there. I want to tell them and the students I teach every day, many of whom will be HSU students themselves one day, that HSU came through for us and helped our family to reach its full potential. Budgets should not be balanced on the backs of our children!
Please, if you can, help spread awareness that this wonderful program is in danger of being cut, privatized or otherwise changed. It needs to remain the high quality, well accredited, easily accessible place that it has been for decades now.
Lauren Carman Evans