Welcome to our Family Voices Blog/Vlog series! These stories, written by families like you, will elevate the contemporary triumphs, challenges, and opportunities present in their local child care settings and the child care system as a whole. So, grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea to enjoy while you immerse yourself in the real-world child care experiences of families from across the nation.
The Exorbitant Cost of Child Care: A Millennial Parent Perspective
By Guest blogger, Typhani Short, millennial and single parent
I am a 26-year-old single mother of a beautiful little girl. I love being a parent. But the cost of child care for a child under the age of two is so expensive in the Washington, DC metro area. More than half of my paycheck goes to child care. As millennial, that is not much money starting out for a single parent. I thought making just over $48K a year would be the best thing in the world until I realized that I won’t be able to qualify for state assistance anymore.
July 6, 2017
The Struggle of Finding Affordable, Quality Care for a Child with Special Needs
By Guest blogger, Bianca, single mother of a child with special needs
June 28, 2017
Bianca, a single mother of a four-year-old son with special needs, faced the difficult choice of staying home to take care of her son or working herself into the ground to make ends meet. With the help of affordable, quality child care she was able to continue to work without worrying about the safety or well-being of her son.
A Dad’s Perspective: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
By Guest Blogger, Travis Jones, husband and father of two
February 24, 2012 was the day my life changed! I became a father to a precious baby girl. As a newly minted parent, I wanted to provide the best possible life for her. My wife was fortunate to have banked enough vacation and sick time to stay home for the first 12 weeks after birth, and I was able to modify my schedule to maximize my time with our daughter during those early formative months. Like many Americans with infants, maternity leave ended, and my wife went back to work earlier than both of us would have liked.
June 13, 2017
The Role Child Care Plays for Single Parents
By Guest Blogger, April, single mom of five
May 16, 2017
Child care was a lifesaver for my family and me. I am a single mom and have taken my three children to child care since they were 2 years old. I would not have been able to support my family without child care. When my children turned of age in 2012 I also received custody of my niece and nephew. I took them to the same family child care home that my children went to. The kids loved it. They participated in so many learning activities, were well fed, and loved it like they were in their own home.
A Mother’s Story: The Challenge and Gift of Affording Quality Child Care
By Guest Blogger, Brittany, mother of two
May 16, 2017
I work in the nonprofit sector. It is something I am incredibly passionate about, but I do not make a lot of money. I have twin boys that are just over a year-and-a-half old now. They are in child care and have been since they were infants. Fortunately, I was able to get an ABC voucher that greatly offsets the cost of their child care. (I currently pay $100 per week). If I didn’t have an ABC voucher then I would be paying $1,600 per month or more for child care. There is no way I could afford that. There is no way that most people could afford that.
Child Care Aware® of America Introduces the Family Voices Blog/Vlog Series
by Kim Engelman, Chief of Family & Community Engagement
Welcome to our Family Voices Blog/Vlog series! Grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea to enjoy while you immerse yourself in the real-world child care experiences of families from across the nation. These stories all have been written or video logged by people just like you and me who care deeply about the child care choices they have and see immense value in the opportunities that early care and education services offer for children, families, employers, and communities.
May 22, 2017
Share Your Child Care Story!
Parent experiences with child care are both important and impactful! These stories can have a huge impact with regard to policy decisions; for example, they can help policymakers understand that they need to work to make child care more affordable or that the quality of child care needs to be improved.
Your voice matters, and your story can make a difference in the safety, quality, and affordability of child care!
We invite you to use the link below to share your child care story and would love to hear your thoughts on any of the following:
- provider compensation
- child care search, helpful child care information
- important considerations when choosing a child care provider
- relationship with child care provider
- the cost of child care, biggest child care related challenge
- determining high-quality child care
- keeping your child safe in a child care setting
- finding child care for a child with special needs
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