Mayor Don Walters and Councilman Drew Reilly Announce Childcare Services During Cuyahoga Falls City Council Meetings
Jul 23, 2019
On Monday, July 22, 2019, Mayor Don Walters and Councilman Drew Reilly jointly announced plans for childcare to be offered, free of charge, to those who attend Cuyahoga Falls City Council meetings beginning in September, at the Cuyahoga Falls Natatorium. The service is being implemented to help individuals who may not otherwise have childcare engage in the civic process.
“Throughout my time as Mayor, I have been consistently working to make sure that all of our residents remain informed about what is happening in their city and engaged in the process – it has been one of my top priorities,” stated Mayor Don Walters. “To my knowledge, we are the only city in Ohio to offer this service to our residents. By offering this new service, we are able to increase accessibility to our public meetings for anyone who wishes to attend and participate in the process but may otherwise be unable due to lack of childcare.”
“Recently, I began researching ways to make our council meetings more accessible to younger people who want to become more civically engaged and quickly realized that lack of childcare is not only a roadblock to participation but one that we can work to eliminate,“ said Ward 1 Councilman Drew Reilly. “In just a few days, I am going to be a father, and I firmly believe that all parents should have the same access and ability to participate in the civic process that I do without having to worry about who will care for their child.”
Parents, guardians, and caregivers who wish to utilize the service so that they may attend the meetings will be required to check-in with the Clerk of Council to receive a Council Pass for their child to gain access to the service and will be required to complete an emergency medical form.