While it didn’t happen, the prospect of the first strike in Portland Public Schools history earlier this month got many people talking about how to support students and parents during school closures.
Trinity Fellowship Church, home to the Sunshine School pre-school program and the Sprout after-school program, decided to be proactive. As the threat of a strike became imminent, the staff at the church and Sunshine School made plans to offer full-day childcare for up to 60 students for $20 a day for the duration of the closures.
Jennifer Browning, director of the Sunshine School, said she saw this as an incredible opportunity for churches in Portland to serve the city by helping provide childcare for families during what would have been very difficult days. When the teacher’s strike was averted, she went on the say, “We were going to be ready to take students, but we’re so relieved it won’t come to this. We’ll continue to offer our regular Sprout after-school program to serve our local schools and their families.”
For more information about the Sunshine School and Sprout call 503-775-1533.