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.
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.Now 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 usa.childcareaware.org/facesofchildcare.
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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
Just the 10 of Us: When Child Care Costs
Become Too Much
Melissa Hudson, Mother of 8, Child Care Provider and Family Advocate, Damascus, MD
From Heartbreak to Action:
Making Virginia Child Care Safer
Elly Lafkin, Family and Parent Advocate, Shenandoah, VA
Labor of Love: A Mother’s Journey to Quality Child Care
Deborah VanderGaast, RN, Owner of Tipton Adaptive Daycare, Tipton, IA
CCR&Rs: Fighting for Child Care, Fighting for You
Ann McCully, Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of Minnesota
Balancing Books and Child Care
Bianca Ramirez, MSW, Family and Parent Advocate,
San Antonio, TX
Family Bonds: Grandparents as Caregivers
Geraldine Dobbins, MA, Retired Kindergarten Teacher and Grandmother of Five, Prince George’s County, MD
Family Leave for All: A Dad’s Story
Father and Law Enforcement Officer,
Oklahoma City, OK
Not Just Playdoh and Crayons:
A Pediatrician’s Perspective on Child Care
Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA