Don’t punish the children

I am writing this letter on behalf of myself, the parents and the children who receive subsidized childcare through the city of Davis and attend In-R-Care day care in Woodland. We have recently been informed that our children will no longer be able to attend In-R-Care due to daily sign-in logs not being completed according to the city of Davis’ protocol standards.

I will not attempt to deny that the practice of the parents and provider was out of compliance, but I will adamantly argue that the punishment does not fit the infraction. I can understand that a warning or disciplinary measure may need to be taken, but what has been imposed is a direct and traumatic punishment on the children.

These are children who come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, who are not afforded the same privileges as other children. These are foster children who have been removed from their homes, their parents and had to start another life. These are the kids who have little to no stability or consistency in their lives.

And for many of them, attending In-R-Care has been their sole source of consistency and ability to have caring people teach them how to follow a schedule, make good friends, share, respect others and be prepared for elementary school. Now they are being told that they have to leave.

We urge the city to please reconsider the impact of its decision. The punishment does not fit the infraction of untimely signatures on a piece of paper. The punishment punishes our children.

Valerie Zeller

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