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Center welcomes a family of services for children, families

Center welcomes a family of services for children, families

GLADSTONE—It’s not an easy time to be a school administrator. Years of budget problems have led to…well, budget problems without an end in sight.

Bob Stewart, superintendent of the Gladstone School District in Clackamas County, has enough time on the job that he could retire and walk away. But he's having the time of his life.

Credit that personal and professional satisfaction to the Gladstone Center for Children and Families.

The center is located in a former grocery store, right across the street from Clackamas High School. Inside, sharing space with Gladstone’s kindergarten and a primary care health center staffed by CareOregon is a full shopping list of organizations and agencies that provide services for children and their families:

After hearing about how much time teachers had to spend helping children and families with problems stemming from lack of access to health care, Superintendent Stewart says it made sense from an educational perspective to address the issue by bringing health care to the students.

And as he got deeper into the issue, he learned that it’s not only health care access that is needed, but the variety of services that are now provided at the center the school district initiated.

Superintendent Stewart speaks more extensively about the Gladstone Center for Children and Families on a CareOregon CareNews Video. He also recently contributed to an op-ed article in The Oregonian regarding the center.

Since the center opened two years ago, it has become a magnet, drawing educators and others looking for new approaches to serving the needs of children and families in their own communities.

Gladstone School District Superintendent Bob Stewart is a member of the CareOregon Board of Directors. He speaks about the Gladstone Center for Children and Families in a CareOregon Video.