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The group lobbies for after-school, early childcare and summer break program funding.

COURTESY PHOTO - Olympic champion gymnast Laurie Hernandez poses for a picture with students in an Adelante Mujeres program at Hillsboro High School in March.If you're a parent, chances are good you have some stories about trying to arrange childcare, or enroll a child in an after-school or summer program.

Washington County Kids, a campaign chaired by Hillsboro education advocate Katie Riley, wants to hear those stories. The group, which has a stated mission of trying to secure "sustainable funding" for what it collectively calls "out-of- school-time programs," is holding three events this month throughout Washington County to solicit input from parents and guardians.

The "Community Conversations" include stops in Hillsboro, Tualatin and Beaverton. According to Riley, they are intended to give parents and guardians who might not be able to attend and give feedback for specific programs an opportunity to talk about their experiences.

The first of the three Community Conversations will be held in the community room of the Hillsboro Public Library's Brookwood location at 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway. It will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.

Additional Community Conversations will be held at the same times, 6:30 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Tualatin Public Library, located at 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave., and on the following Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Sycamore Room at the Beaverton Community Center, 12350 S.W. Fifth St., Suite 100.

The events are being held with the support of the Meyer Memorial Trust, which awarded Washington County Kids a $35,000 grant for the outreach effort, and in conjunction with local program providers, including Forest Grove-based Adelante Mujeres, Cornelius-based Centro Cultural de Washington County, and the Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club in Hillsboro.

All community members are welcome at the Community Conversation events. For more information, visit WashingtonCountyKids.com or contact the organization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-349-2965.


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