WCS Childcare Program


    May 21, 2018

    Dear Community,

    Wahtonka Community School (WCS), partnering with the 4 Rivers Early Learning Hub, is planning to provide child care for teen parents who enroll full time at WCS beginning Summer of 2018. Based on county health data, there are as many as 15 +/- teen parents in our community. Of those, none that we are aware of attend school regularly.

    In our experience, if teen parents do not have quality child care during the day, they cannot go to school. This means that they cannot finish their education, which statistically will lead to dead-end jobs, poverty, and higher costs for all of us as they and their children are trapped in a cycle of poverty.  Help us to help these teen parents break the cycle.

    We are asking for your help in supporting this endeavor, which will allow these teen parents to work hard to complete their education, get a regular high school diploma, while learning some great parenting and life skills as they do it. This also helps them meet the WCS requirement of giving back to the community through service projects (a requirement every 6 weeks for WCS Students).


    What we need to get started:

    • Ongoing supplies (diapers, cleaning supplies, snacks, etc.)
    • Non-consumables (a rocking chair, changing pad, cleanable bottles, etc.)
    • Your help in getting the word out to teen parents that they CAN go back to school and finish up their education, in a supportive setting with child care.  


    If you can help or have any questions, please contact us at (541) 506-3449 x3211 or by email at mcnealj@nwasco.k12.or.us. Donations can be sent to:


    Wahtonka Community School
    3601 W 10th Street
    The Dalles, OR 97058
    Checks can be made out to: Wahtonka Community School


    You can also donate directly with the PayPal button below. (All donations are tax deductible and go directly towards making this opportunity happen for our students.)

    Thank you for helping us to support teen parents in our community!


    -Wahtonka Community School