Urban League no longer offers child care

The Urban League of Colorado Springs will no longer offer child care as one of its programs.

The nonprofit group announced the decision yesterday, and said it was effective by Friday. Only 13 children were left in the program, and the group helped their parents find other child care resources, said president and CEO Diane Allen-Price.

“We are going to restructure, take a look at our audience, at our community and change the way we do things,” she said. “This is part of that decision.”

The Urban League was founded in 1964 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, with a mission to empower minorities. Since then, the community has changed, and Urban League must change with it, Allen-Price said.

“Jobs are a big issue now, we need to focus on jobs,” she said. “Civil rights isn’t as big an issue as it used to be.”

Price started as President and CEO in February, and said the group isn’t going away – it’s just refocusing. Many of its programs will remain the same.

The Urban League will still offer scholarships to high school students and adults returning to college. They will still offer a Young Professionals program, as well as their seasoned professional mentoring program.

The group will unveil its new strategic plan and new direction by the end of the year.