Faces of Child Care

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Faces of Child Care highlights people across the country who believe and advocate for the importance of high-quality, affordable, and accessible child care for all families. Child Care Aware® of America celebrates the dedicated individuals who champion policy solutions and advocate for change with their local lawmakers.

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We used to have a perspective on child care that it was just playdoh and crayons. Now we know that the experiences children have in early life are helping to form how their brains develop. – Renee Boynon-Jarrett, read her full story here

 

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If we did not have paid family leave, there is no way we could have afforded the financial penalty of taking this precious time with our son. It would have been overwhelmingly hard for us financially. We would have missed those amazing moments as our son developed that became priceless memories. – Travis Kirkpatrick, read his full story

 

We know that quality child care is good for the economy. Parents need good child care programs for their children so they can focus on their jobs instead of worrying about the safety of their children when they are at work. We know that an investment in Child Care Aware® of America, is an investment in America’s future. So the real question now is, what kind of an investment are you willing to make to ensure the best future possible? - Ann McCully

We know that quality child care is good for the economy. Parents need good child care programs for their children so they can focus on their jobs instead of worrying about the safety of their children when they are at work.
We know that an investment in Child Care Aware® of America, is an investment in America’s future. So the real question now is, what kind of an investment are you willing to make to ensure the best future possible? – Ann McCully, read her full story here

 

“Child care can be very scary [for both parents and children]. It is important that my child feels safe and secure during the time spent in child care. Child care is like an extension of my family, and ensuring quality is my job as a father.” – Andrew Ferguson

“Child care can be very scary [for both parents and children]. It is important that my child feels safe and secure during the time spent in child care. Child care is like an extension of my family, and ensuring quality is my job as a father.” – Andrew Ferguson

 

“Child care is important because it provides children with a much needed foundation for healthy growth and development as well as emotional support that every child deserves.” – Jay Ciatti

“Child care is important because it provides children with a much needed foundation for healthy growth and development as well as emotional support that every child deserves.” – Jay Ciatti

 

“Caring for your children is not a job but a responsibility, including fatherhood. Old customs are long gone, and the caring and upbringing of a child is not gender specific.“ – Christopher Arias

“Caring for your children is not a job but a responsibility, including fatherhood. Old customs are long gone, and the caring and upbringing of a child is not gender specific.“ – Christopher Arias

 

“I have been an advocate for quality child care since 2009, and I continue to advocate for effective guidelines and regulations within our family child care centers and providers.” - Alecia Patrick

“I have been an advocate for quality child care since 2009, and I continue to advocate for effective guidelines and regulations within our family child care centers and providers.” – Alecia Patrick

 

“Children deserve to be safe in all child care environments, and funding for child care must be provided for inspections, staff, training sessions, and liability insurance.” - Victoria Dougherty

“Children deserve to be safe in all child care environments, and funding for child care must be provided for inspections, staff, training sessions, and liability insurance.” – Victoria Dougherty

 

“As an advocate, I believe that accessible and affordable child care is important to all families.” - Vanessa Harlin

“As an advocate, I believe that accessible and affordable child care is important to all families.” – Vanessa Harlin

 

“I am dedicated to becoming a more effective advocate for accessible and affordable child care for all children.” - Jessica Taylor

“I am dedicated to becoming a more effective advocate for accessible and affordable child care for all children.” – Jessica Taylor

 

“When my daughter fell from a second-story window, I began to research child care safety issues. I am determined to improve safety in all child care settings, which includes mandatory window guards on upper-story windows and better safety training for all staff.” - Laurie Ferguson

“When my daughter fell from a second-story window, I began to research child care safety issues. I am determined to improve safety in all child care settings, which includes mandatory window guards on upper-story windows and better safety training for all staff.” – Laurie Ferguson

Education at a young age is very important. It sets the foundation for our kids to go on and be successful. I was very confident when my son started Kindergarten that he was prepared for the learning ahead. - Amanda Anderson

Education at a young age is very important. It sets the foundation for our kids to go on and be successful. I was very confident when my son started Kindergarten that he was prepared for the learning ahead. – Amanda Anderson

 

Over the years, I have seen many parents enter our doors with the same fear for their child’s safety I once had. The relief on their faces when they learn that a nurse is here makes it all worthwhile. - Deborah VanderGaast, read her full story

Over the years, I have seen many parents enter our doors with the same fear for their child’s safety I once had. The relief on their faces when they learn that a nurse is here makes it all worthwhile. – Deborah VanderGaast, read her full story

 

As a parent, you do everything you can to make sure your child is in the safest, healthiest environment possible. If your child can’t be with you in your own home, you want her in a place that is just as safe. Just as loving. - Elly Lafkin, read her full stort

As a parent, you do everything you can to make sure your child is in the safest, healthiest environment possible. If your child can’t be with you in your own home, you want her in a place that is just as safe. Just as loving. – Elly Lafkin, read her full story

 

I believe that every child should have the right to quality child care no matter where they live or what their parents can afford. A family should never have to decide between the safety of their children and keeping the lights on. I’ve been there, and it’s simply not right. - Melissa Hudson

I believe that every child should have the right to quality child care no matter where they live or what their parents can afford. A family should never have to decide between the safety of their children and keeping the lights on. I’ve been there, and it’s simply not right. – Melissa Hudson, read her full story here

 

“As the father of three young daughters, I believe that it is important that we make the investments in child care and early education. Too many families are struggling, and research suggests that making key investments in our children will produce adults who are more productive and less likely to have trouble in school or with the law.” – William Jawando, former candidate for Congress

“As the father of three young daughters, I believe that it is important that we make the investments in child care and early education. Too many families are struggling, and research suggests that making key investments in our children will produce adults who are more productive and less likely to have trouble in school or with the law.” – William Jawando, former candidate for Congress

 

 “As a single dad, child care is important because knowing that my son is in a safe place makes my work day go by easier. Having affordable, high-quality child care allows me to work less overtime in order to pay for child care costs, which means I can spend more time with my son.” – Will Parker

“As a single dad, child care is important because knowing that my son is in a safe place makes my work day go by easier. Having affordable, high-quality child care allows me to work less overtime in order to pay for child care costs, which means I can spend more time with my son.” – Will Parker

 

“Child care matters to me because my kids are only this young once, and I don’t want to miss these important times in their lives. It gives me to the opportunity to receive constant smiles, hugs, kisses, and ‘I love you daddy’ phrases in sweet, innocent voices.” – Ben Worgull

“Child care matters to me because my kids are only this young once, and I don’t want to miss these important times in their lives. It gives me to the opportunity to receive constant smiles, hugs, kisses, and ‘I love you daddy’ phrases in sweet, innocent voices.” – Ben Worgull

 

“As an advocate, I believe in access to high quality child care. I am committed to developing a sustainable grassroots initiative that promotes family engagement, self-advocacy and parental rights.” - Sharrin Saintil

“As an advocate, I believe in access to high quality child care. I am committed to developing a sustainable grassroots initiative that promotes family engagement, self-advocacy and parental rights.” – Sharrin Saintil

 

“As an advocate, I am committed to improving child care licensing standards for all children.” - Avonda Fox

“As an advocate, I am committed to improving child care licensing standards for all children.” – Avonda Fox

 

“As a grandparent, I am advocating for strict penalties regarding child deaths or serious injuries in illegal unlicensed settings.” - LuAnn Allen

“As a grandparent, I am advocating for strict penalties regarding child deaths or serious injuries in illegal unlicensed settings.” – LuAnn Allen

 

“As a single mother from California, and a founding organizer of Parent Voices; a parent-led resource for other parents, I am determined to strengthen my knowledge on universal access to child care.” - Maria Luz Torre

“As a single mother from California, and a founding organizer of Parent Voices; a parent-led resource for other parents, I am determined to strengthen my knowledge on universal access to child care.” – Maria Luz Torre

 

“As an active duty soldier for the U.S. Army and a grandmother, I am determined to strengthen my knowledge on funding within Child Protective Services.” - Ericka Holloway

“As an active duty soldier for the U.S. Army and a grandmother, I am determined to strengthen my knowledge on funding within Child Protective Services.” – Ericka Holloway

 

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In the beginning, I kept saying “babies are for young people. I’m not as energetic as I used to be.” I couldn’t imagine being the child care provider of an infant at my age, but with the cost of quality child care being so high and my daughter starting a new job shortly after giving birth, I knew it was for the best that my husband and I care for Kai, just for a short while, until she could find a long-term solution. – Geraldine Dobbins, read her full story

 

When I saw students bringing their children to class with them because they had no other child care option, I knew I had to do something—not just for me, but for all parents struggling to make a better life for themselves and their children. I found out the main campus offered child care for students, and I started advocating for the same services on our branch campus, circulating petitions, and putting together rallies. - Bianca Ramirez

When I saw students bringing their children to class with them because they had no other child care option, I knew I had to do something—not just for me, but for all parents struggling to make a better life for themselves and their children. I found out the main campus offered child care for students, and I started advocating for the same services on our branch campus, circulating petitions, and putting together rallies. – Bianca Ramirez, read Bianca’s full story

 

“I believe that child care is important to the cognitive, language, and social development of all children. Choosing quality care with a consistent and emotionally supportive atmosphere is a huge benefit for me as a father.” – John Hightower

“I believe that child care is important to the cognitive, language, and social development of all children. Choosing quality care with a consistent and emotionally supportive atmosphere is a huge benefit for me as a father.” – John Hightower

 

“Child care is a critical link to ensure children are safe, healthy, and in a nurturing environment. For our daily needs, my wife and I rely heavily on our child care providers. They are the key role in the development and the well-being of our child.” – Bradley Fisher

“Child care is a critical link to ensure children are safe, healthy, and in a nurturing environment. For our daily needs, my wife and I rely heavily on our child care providers. They are the key role in the development and the well-being of our child.” – Bradley Fisher

 

“As a mother, I believe that quality child care means taking the time, patience, and energy needed to serve all children. I am advocating for quality trauma training as a requirement for child care providers and centers.” - Kathy Grohs

“As a mother, I believe that quality child care means taking the time, patience, and energy needed to serve all children. I am advocating for quality trauma training as a requirement for child care providers and centers.” – Kathy Grohs

 

“As a mother, I am determined to learn how to strengthen the current Virginia laws regarding child care providers.” - Belle Colassaco

“As a mother, I am determined to learn how to strengthen the current Virginia laws regarding child care providers.” – Belle Colassaco

 

“As an advocate for more than eight years, I am committed to improving comprehensive legislation and increasing funding for all child care providers.” - Le’Vaughn Johnson-Westbrook

“As an advocate for more than eight years, I am committed to improving comprehensive legislation and increasing funding for all child care providers.” – Le’Vaughn Johnson-Westbrook

 

“I am dedicated to working with my local lawmakers to help push for access to high quality child care and early education programs.” - Jennifer Ross

“I am dedicated to working with my local lawmakers to help push for access to high quality child care and early education programs.” – Jennifer Ross

 

I have had the pleasure of working with several other early childhood directors in our area, learning not just the tricks of the trade, but how to collaborate with other agencies and become an activist in local and state politics regarding funding and importance of quality Early Childhood Education. I consider myself a leader by freely sharing my resources and knowledge with the local early childhood community, helping to improve quality of care for all children. - Angela Smith/The Good Shepherd Child Care Center, Inc.

I have had the pleasure of working with several other early childhood directors in our area, learning not just the tricks of the trade, but how to collaborate with other agencies and become an activist in local and state politics regarding funding and importance of quality Early Childhood Education. I consider myself a leader by freely sharing my resources and knowledge with the local early childhood community, helping to improve quality of care for all children. – Angela Smith/The Good Shepherd Child Care Center, Inc.

 

“My work can extend beyond my home, my voice, and knowledge can make a difference, but the most important thing is that with each new accomplishment I become a better and better provider for the children." - Tracy Ehlert/Babies 2 Kids Learning Center

“My work can extend beyond my home, my voice, and knowledge can make a difference, but the most important thing is that with each new accomplishment I become a better and better provider for the children.” – Tracy Ehlert/Babies 2 Kids Learning Center

 

“I believe each child has a unique set of needs, and I strive to nurture that, and care with love and respect. I do my absolute best to provide a healthy environment so the children can learn and grow. “ - Ilse Wilson/Fairyland Family Child Care

“I believe each child has a unique set of needs, and I strive to nurture that, and care with love and respect. I do my absolute best to provide a healthy environment so the children can learn and grow. “ – Ilse Wilson/Fairyland Family Child Care

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