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Eleven million children younger than age five are in some form of child care. It is essential for working families, yet in 28 states, plus the District of Columbia, the average annual cost of an infant in center-based care is higher than one year’s tuition and fees at a four-year public college. It’s even more challenging for low-income families and those with children who have special needs.

Affordable, high-quality child care supports our children’s growth, development, and educational advancement and enables parents to be productive at work. It creates a positive economic impact for all Americans and is the foundation of today’s economy and infrastructure of tomorrow’s workforce.

Your donation to Child Care Aware® of America is an investment in our nation’s future. Together, we can ensure that all children—especially those who experience poverty and other challenging circumstances—have early childhood experiences that build the foundation for their success in school and life.

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The importance of high-quality, affordable child care extends beyond children and families. It affects everyone. Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to higlight stories from individuals of various walks of life who are affected by child care.Faces of Child Care Slider 2Now is the Time to Act: Faces of Child Care

As we complete our Faces of Child Care series, we hope you have been inspired by these compelling stories as much as we have enjoyed sharing them with you. We chronicled eight experiences, but there are countless more inspiring Americans who have shared their child care anecdotes. To view all of our Faces of Child Care and catch up on the eight highlighted stories, go to

We hope you will join us in our ongoing efforts to ensure that every family in America has access to high-quality, affordable child care by making a donation today

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Past Faces of Child Care Stories

Leaving for Logan: Looking for an Oasis in a Child Care Desert
Ashley Brunke, Stay-at-Home Mother of Two with Son Who Has Special Needs, Prince George’s County, MD


FamilyReading_squareJust the 10 of Us: When Child Care Costs
Become Too Much

Melissa Hudson, Mother of 8, Child Care Provider and Family Advocate, Damascus, MD

FB_IMG_1421502773767From Heartbreak to Action:
Making Virginia Child Care Safer

Elly Lafkin, Family and Parent Advocate, Shenandoah, VA

DeborahVanderGaast_sqaureLabor of Love: A Mother’s Journey to Quality Child Care
Deborah VanderGaast, RN, Owner of Tipton Adaptive Daycare, Tipton, IA

AnnMcCully_squareCCR&Rs: Fighting for Child Care, Fighting for You
Ann McCully, Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of Minnesota

Bianca_squareBalancing Books and Child Care
Bianca Ramirez, MSW, Family and Parent Advocate,
San Antonio, TX

Faces_grandma_sqaureFamily Bonds: Grandparents as Caregivers
Geraldine Dobbins, MA, Retired Kindergarten Teacher and Grandmother of Five, Prince George’s County, MD

Kirkpatrick_squareFamily Leave for All: A Dad’s Story
Father and Law Enforcement Officer,
Oklahoma City, OK

doctor_WEB_squareNot Just Playdoh and Crayons:
A Pediatrician’s Perspective on Child Care

Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA


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