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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:00 am

Parents and community members are circulating petitions to keep Camp Hutchins open after July, with the promise to attend the next Lodi City Council meeting if the city's decision to seek facility rent is not reversed.

Lodi Health announced through letters sent home to students' homes earlier this month that it has decided to shutter its popular preschool and daycare programs. The decision comes after more than 15 years of operating it on city-owned property, after the City Council gave direction to renegotiate the lease to seek rent.

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  • John Kindseth posted at 9:16 pm on Thu, Feb 14, 2013.

    John Kindseth Posts: 246

    Who's job is it to pay for the care of other people's offspring ????

  • Christina Short posted at 10:40 pm on Wed, Feb 13, 2013.

    Shortcb Posts: 1

    I must disagree with the idea that hospitals and cities are not typically in the "child care business." On the contrary, the City's Parks and Recreation Department provide After School Programs to offer school age child care on many elementary school campuses during the school year for working families. This leaves huge gaps, however, considering the modified traditional school year followed by Lodi Unified School District, which results in a Fall Break in addition to Winter Break, Spring Break and Summer vacation, during which time places like Camp Hutchins are invaluable for working families to ensure their children are safe and cared for. Many hospitals are known to provide on-site child care centers or child care centers associated with the hospital, both for hospital employees and the community. While I agree and respect the hospital's Mission, I feel it encompasses the scope of what Camp Hutchins stands for. Part of Lodi Memorial's Mission includes their commitment to "Improving community health and our community’s quality of life through direct and or supportive services." Camp Hutchins is just that, a supportive service in our community that demonstrates social responsibility, committment to the quality of life of our community, its working families and their children. Similarly, the City's Mission says it's "purpose is to enhance the quality of life for Lodi residents, reflecting our high community standards." To me, that partnership has all the elements necessary for success. All that's missing is including the families in the problem-solving process to create a



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