Parents angered over proposed childcare changes Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Mar 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm
Three San Ramon Valley Unified elementary schools may see changes to on-site childcare providers as the district's Board of Education votes to approve new leases at its Tuesday meeting. Several parent groups associated with The Growing Room, which operates at six schools, are angered by a decision process they have called less-than-transparent.
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Posted by Phil, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm
This is an interesting story that I've kept tabs on for over a year since Kids Country lost children last year, but the district looked the other way. Now it is clear to me that the district is manipulating the system (something that they do very well), and trying to force The Growing Room which is a good company out of business. Kids Country shouldn't have even been allowed to bid because they are on probation with the State of California. Our school board apparently wants low quality child care in the schools. I don't believe that the process was fair and unbiased. I have come to expect nothing less of this school board and its leaders.
Posted by Mary, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm
As for the Golden View change, is this a way for the district to regain ownership of the GR space or perhaps a way for the principal to attempt to gain more control and influence? In a district that talks about anti-bullying, the leadership is underhandedly bullying left and right. From the superintendent to principal at Golden View. (Ever hear the way she talks down to the kids?)
Posted by Andrew, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Mar 6, 2012 at 7:13 am
Wake up folks! You are dealing with public school entities that will never reveal their true agenda to you. But be sure to vote for bond measures so they have the money to contInue their nefarious plans.
Posted by SRVUSD Parent, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Mar 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm
BTW... Check out Kids Country's rates on their website... they are higher than the Growing Room. And the YMCA doesn't offer part-time care. What's going to happen to those hourly families care? Why is the School Board rushing to make a decision. There certainly wasn't enough time given to review all the information, nor have a committee who didn't represent the "parent body as a whole" make a recommendation based on criteria given to them to go off of by the school board. Mr. Enoch don't say you don't have a hand in this process, because the questions came from you/the board. How can a facility on PROBATION get 2 additional sites? Where's the QUALITY child care going to come from? What's going to happen to our children who love their teachers & the teachers that love them back?
The Cities within the SRVUSD say to SHOP LOCAL.... well, YMCA is based out of Richmond and doesn't have a proven track record.
Its unfair, no matter how you look at it. Making the committee sign a confidentiality statement regarding the selection process & how it's decided.... hmmmm, doesn't sound transparent to me! Don't let people lose their jobs, our children lose trust, and we the parents lose the faith we tried to have in our school board to do what's right and fair!
Posted by Dave, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm
More after-school day car sites being taken over by Kids Country? By an organization that has lost huge amounts of money over the past few years, has been sued for age and race discrimination by the older Filipina teachers that it fired, and has been put on probation by the State of California for serious violations at its sites. That sounds like a smart move!
Posted by Denise, a resident of the Blackhawk neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm
I disagree. Well rounded kids have exposure to different caregivers and activities. The Growing Room provides fantastic care and fun activities for my little ones, things they could do right along with their friends as they develop social skills.
As long as the caregiver is loving and close to the parent and child, it just provides another source of love for the child.
Posted by Pedal Power, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm
There is so much here that doesn't make sense.
1. Go back to the start of the selection process and look at the makeup of the committee: "Made up of...three parents who do not utilize daycare and two who do". I'm having a hard time seeing the rationale behind giving 50% more voting power to people who have zero stake in the outcome.
2. "the parents saw other providers as better meeting their needs" implies that the administrator/principal and teacher, who had as many votes as the real stakeholders, had no influence. Maybe this is right since the parents with no stake in the outcome comprised the biggest voting block.
3. Confidentiality agreements - why?
4. "the committees could only ask..district questions" may make sense if daycare providers were bidding on district-wide care but, based on the outcome, they obviously weren't.
Posted by Douglas, a resident of the Blackhawk neighborhood, on Mar 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm
(Also posted on related story: School district will accept childcare changes, pending legal consultation)
The thing that none of us will ever really know about is what is going on behind the scenes. I have never used either so have no skin in the game, but I have no doubt that money is the driving factor with this whole mess. I fully believe Hurd, Enoch and the rest of them are probably getting some kind of kick back from Kids' Country, but had to go through this sham process in order to make it look kosher. The board does not look out for the best interests of our children with the providers they chose for them. Just look at the change from our old food provider to Chartwell's. My daughter can't stomach the food Diablo Vista is now serving. It is all about money, folks, and what is best for our narcissistic board members and their pockets. Rachel Hurd shouldn't even be on the board trying to tell us what is best for our children after the drinking incident with her son. That is complete hypocrisy!!