Eastern Oregon

New Life in a Child Care Desert: After a decade of work, and with OCF help, Pendleton Children's Center opens its doors

It’s a personal issue for Kathryn Brown: Her work to ease a shortage of affordable, quality child care in Eastern Oregon dates back to when she struggled to find spots for her two young children. But she sees another side to the issue as well: Quality child care, she believes, is an essential part of a vibrant economy. Nowadays, more than 15 years after Brown searched for day care for her own children — and with timely help at a crucial juncture from Oregon Community Foundation — the Pendleton Children’s Center has opened, offering child care and preschool education to 36 children. Plans are to add another three dozen children this fall. Read the full East Oregonian article here.