by: Photo By Susan Matheny - CLC Director Kaline Rosman

   Hired as the new director of the Children's Learning Center, Kaline Rosman has been using her community connections to guide the center in new directions.
   A graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in health promotion education, Rosman came to Madras after college and worked 1 1/2 years at the health department directing the Tobacco Prevention Program, and making plans to begin a Healthy Start Program.
   Moving to Lincoln County, she spent 10 months doing a tobacco prevention program there, then returned to Madras and worked for Bright Wood Corporation in the computer department, building computers and helping to provide technical help for the company's 500 computer users.
   From 2001 to 2006, she commuted to Redmond to work for COCAAN (now known as Neighbor Impact) as the childcare resource and referral director -- a job that connected her to childcare services all over Central Oregon.
   Hired by the Children's Learning Center in March, Rosman noted, "I'm taking my resource and referral knowledge and applying it as a provider day to day."
   Rosman said the job appealed to her because of the opportunities it presented. "In Jefferson County there's a real need to expand and grow childcare, and I wanted to help facilitate that. We're on the spur of a growth spurt," Rosman said.
   Rosman said she will bring consistency to a center that has had three directors in one year (one resigned, one was interim), and she is making small incremental changes.
   "I have really strong partners in the community and those (connections) came with me. This program is in a rebirth and those partners are really important," she said.
   CLC has a staff of 25 and Rosman said the management team has been working really hard on the changes.
   The state-licensed center serves children from age 2 1/2 up to age 12, and has space for 80 State Head Start preschool kids, 34 private preschool kids, and 12 children who need child care.
   "We're the only center that doesn't have an eligibility requirement," she said, noting that any children of any income level can come.
   In the past, the center didn't offer summer child care, but did this summer and had 20 children enrolled. The goal, Rosman said is to serve a maximum of 72 children in the summer.
   "I hope to keep childcare on the map as new businesses come in. We're at a critical mass now." she said, suggesting businesses might consider contracting childcare for their employees.
   "I know as a working mom it was really important for me to have a quality, safe place to take my kids," she said.
   On a personal note, Rosman and her husband Patrick have two children, Brianna, who's a freshman at Madras High, and Jack, who's in the fourth grade.
   Rosman enjoys bowling, singing, is an avid OSU sports fan, and for the past seven years has been the entertainment superintendent for the Jefferson County Fair.
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