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Child Care Opportunities, the Upcounty Hub and the Impact of Hispanic Business Owners will be the Focus of “En Sintonía con el Concejo del Condado de Montgomery”, Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. on Radio America

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 14, 2021

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 14, 2021 — The featured guests on this week’s En Sintonía con el Concejo del Condado de Montgomery (In Tune with the Montgomery County Council) will include Council Vice President Gabe Albornoz; Jennifer Arnáiz, director of the Child Care Resource and Referral Center in the Early Childhood Services Division of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services; Grace Rivera-Oven, co-founder of the Upcounty Consolidation Hub at BlackRock (Upcounty Hub) and board member for the BlackRock Center for the Arts; Daniel Parra, director of diversity and inclusion at the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC); and Joan Bonilla, owner of Quick Catering Services and Farmland Commercial Kitchen in Rockville. The show will air tomorrow, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. on Radio America (WILC 900AM).

To begin the show, Ms. Arnáiz will speak about the County's resources, services and programs available for residents to access affordable and quality child care, as well as the importance of early education. She will also talk about the importance and process of obtaining child care licenses by registering through the County.

Following this discussion, Vice President Albornoz, who also serves as the chair of the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee, will provide an introduction on the Upcounty Hub’s new transition into a permanent regional service center in Germantown. Grace Rivera-Oven will share information on services and programs offered by the Upcounty Hub and recount the recent celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at the BlackRock Center for the Arts.

In commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the program will also invite Mr. Bonilla to talk about Hispanic entrepreneurs in the County and their efforts to give back to the community. Mr. Parra will join to discuss the new County minority needs assessment being developed by MCEDC.

The Montgomery County Council and Radio America have entered a partnership that provides the Latino community with key information on issues and programs. The partnership also provides a forum for residents to express their views and ask questions. The partnership includes the weekly one-hour show each Friday on the Washington metropolitan area’s most popular Spanish language station.

Andrea Sarralde and Liliana Henao are the hosts of this week’s show and will continue to co-host the shows this fall.

Each week, the show features guests talking about important issues before the Council and provides information about programs offered by the County to help residents.

Release ID: 21-400
Media Contact: Sonya Healy, 240-777-7926 , Lucia Jimenez 240-777-7832