Bellevue Downtown Park
Bellevue Downtown Park, Photo Courtesy: The Brazen’s at Windermere Real Estate/Bellevue Commons

The Bellevue Downtown Association (BDA) is gearing up to host a discussion on the challenges surrounding childcare and its importance for the workforce in Downtown Bellevue. This event aims to shed light on the impact of childcare shortages on working parents and the broader community, emphasizing the significance of addressing these gaps for the well-being of children and the overall health of the workforce.


Dr. Kelly Aramaki, Ed.D, Superintendent in Bellevue School District

Tim Motts, President/CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue

Phoebe Sade, CEO at BrightSpark Early Learning Services

Hon. Tana Senn, WA State House of Representatives

Where: Bellevue Club, 11200 SE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004

When: Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Established in 1974, the Bellevue Downtown Association (BDA) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of Downtown Bellevue.

The scarcity of childcare options, particularly for children aged 0-5, poses a significant challenge for working parents. According to recent data, there are fewer licensed childcare providers today than a decade ago, and the cost of childcare has risen substantially. In King County, the median monthly cost for infant care in a childcare center surpasses $2,000, representing a substantial portion of the median income.

The BDA recognizes the pressing need to address these issues and aims to stimulate a conversation on the current state of childcare concerning workforce demands. 

By raising awareness about the impact of childcare gaps, the BDA hopes to empower public and private sector leaders to make informed decisions that support working parents and their children. 

This event provides a platform for dialogue and collaboration, seeking solutions to create better conditions for families and foster a thriving workforce in Downtown Bellevue.

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