Next Tuesday, Apr. 2, the Pierce County Council will have an opportunity to pass Ordinance 2019-6. This ordinance would establish a prenatal to age 25 (P-25) advisory commission made up of parents and people that work with and for the children of Pierce County.
I believe that you should know exactly what this ordinance is, what it isn’t and why we need it. I am also encouraging those of you who support this effort to act and tell your County Councilmember, comment on the legislation or attend and testify at the Tuesday, Apr. 2, 3:00 p.m. County Council meeting. The voices that support this effort need to be heard!
What the P-25 commission is
The P-25 Commission will explore and identify ways organizations and government serving our youth can work together. This will lead to efficiencies in the delivery of programs and determining opportunities for leveraging funding. Through the expertise of P-25 Commission members, their combined experience and research, this advisory commission will make recommendations to the Council. The final decision to accept, deny or fund any recommendation will lie with the Council through the legislative process which always includes citizen input.
If the P-25 Commission is established the opportunity to participate in the commission and make recommendation to the County Council would be available through our Boards and Commissions appointment process.
What the P-25 Commission isn’t
The P-25 commission isn’t a program; therefore any costs would have to be authorized by the Council. This isn’t government telling a parent how to raise his/her children. This isn’t an outside group that will make policy decisions – that lies with the Pierce County Council. This does not infringe on parental rights or its privacy. This is not governmental values influencing your children.
Why we need the P-25 Commission
Pierce County must do more to support the development and well-being of our children. Pierce County alone is disproportionately represented in the number of dependency terminations, youth admission to detention facilities, incidence of domestic violence, youth suicide, and has higher numbers of youth and families living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. P-25 will provide a forum for government and outside agencies to work together, dive in and work on potential solutions that can then be brought to the Pierce County Council for consideration. By working together, we will put our kids first and provide opportunities for parents to take advantage of if they choose.
Again, I am encouraging those of you who support this P-25 Advisory Commission to act and tell your County Councilmember, comment on the legislation or attend and testify at the Tuesday, Apr. 2, 3:00 p.m. County Council meeting.
Now is your time to have a impact on the future!