CSSV makes day care program change

SNOQUALMIE - A cost-cutting decision by Children's Services of Sno-Valley (CSSV) will find its Snoqualmie facility no longer offering daycare for toddlers and preschoolers. Although officials from the nonprofit organization say the move is needed, some parents are wondering why they weren't consulted in the decision making process.

Two years ago CSSV, a Valley organization that offers a myriad of services for parents and families, took over the Good Neighbors Day Care located in the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church. CSSV's board of directors said the preschool program needed to be self-sufficient for it to remain a fixture in the organization's arsenal of services.

CSSV Acting Director Nancy Whitaker said on top of the initial investment of $100,000 in the facility, this year the organization poured $80,000 into the program to keep it operating until August. When it became obvious this year that the program would lose money, Whitaker said, the board of directors decided a change was needed.

"In these economic times it's important for nonprofits to focus on the core programs and missions," said Whitaker. "That's what we're doing."

CSSV's board will drop the toddler and preschool day care programs, Whitaker said, but the current before- and after-school programs will remain. She added that new student enrichment programs will be added and that a revamped preschool program could make a return.

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