Afterschool program pulls plug on Central Linn service

Afterschool program pulls plug on Central Linn service

ALBANY, Ore. - The Community Before and After School child care program, or CAP, has  operated out of Central Linn Elementary school for 3 years.

But last week, parents received a letter from CAP saying they would need to make other arrangements for all-day Friday care within days.

The rest of the week's services will end December 19.

The reason? Lack of funding and the remote location. 

Parents and school officials were shocked, especially considering recent efforts to assist the program.

"We assume that it was going to be all year long and then they just did a fundraiser - one of those magazine fundraisers - and I know parents bought stuff and I'm assuming if we do a fundraiser, CAP is there to stay," said parent Katie McCord.

The school district and parents are now looking for afterschool alternatives. But in such a rural area, quality childcare is difficult to find for working parents.

"My kids are my world," McCord said. "I have a job, my husband has a job, and I can't financially not work and the fact that they're doing this is just - I have an upset stomach everyday because I don't know what I'm going to do."

CAP officials agreed to an interview with NewsSource 16. When a reporter arrived, however, they decided not to talk on camera.

CAP will allow Central Linn students to attend the program in Albany. But many in the Central Linn district said that option is not feasible.