The Seattle Human Services Department has published (online) its 2009 Annual Report. The report provides a snapshot summary of the department’s accomplishments and outcomes in 2009 in data, photographs, and inspiring stories of people who have turned their lives around with the help of City-funded programs.
New moms in the U.S. are increasingly older, better educated and born in other countries, a new study found, and these shifts promise to change child care, preschool and pre-kindergarten. The study is “The New Demography of the American Mother” by the Pew Research Center. For details visit BirthtoThrive Online.
Mayor Mike McGinn and City staff held the first public meeting on the Mayor’s Youth and Families Initiative on Monday, Feb. 22. This was the first in a series of five public workshops to help define a youth and families agenda for Seattle. The other four meetings will be held on March 1 at Northgate Elementary School, March 8 at Van Asselt Elementary School, March 15 at Denny Middle School, and March 22 at Garfield Community Center. For more information please visit the Mayor’s Web site.
Helping youth and families is integral to the Seattle Human Services Department’s mission to connect people with the resources and solutions they need. Every day, we work with our community partners to help children learn and thrive through our preschool, child care, youth and nutrition programs, and to support parents, families and seniors through family centers, citizenship education for refugees and immigrants, and services for elders. We also provide vital services for homeless people and domestic violence victims.
We are excited by the Mayor’s Youth and Family Initiative and are looking forward to hearing and learning from voices across the city about the challenges people are facing in these tough times and about creative solutions for tackling these problems. As we move forward with the plan, it’s important to keep in mind the good work we already are doing in this arena and to build on our successes. This is particularly important in a time of economic distress and limited resources. For more information about the Human Services Department, please visit www.seattle.gov/humanservices.
— Kip Tokuda, Acting Director, Seattle Human Services Department