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By Jess Field
Pilot writer 

Paying for childcare

 

March 10, 2022

Jess Field / Petersburg Pilot

PCC director Sharlay Mamoe receives a salary, but she's used to wearing multiple hats and working way over 40 hours per week. Mamoe, far left, was overseeing a lunch of fried rice and green grapes in Miss Jessica's class on Wednesday, because the longtime lead teacher couldn't make it to work.

There were multiple accounts with outstanding balances when Sharlay Mamoe took over as director of the Petersburg Children's Center. A board member suggested writing letters to the people. Payments began coming back almost immediately, often with apologies. Those balances attest to the difficulty families face when it comes to paying for childcare.

If a couple or a single parent cannot afford the rates at PCC, Mamoe will grab an application for the state-funded Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) and be ready to help. She'll even fax it in upon completion.

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