Category: Family Voices

The Role Families Play in Identifying Child Care Challenges and Identifying Solutions

Children and their families are the heart of early care and education. We know that when child care providers and early educators work in close concert with families. Young children gain a stronger foundation for learning and development, Overall family well-being is enhanced, and The early care workforce experiences greater job satisfaction, and frequent turnover… Read more »

Video: How Finding the Perfect Child Care Provider Is Possible

On October 18, I had the privilege and honor of sharing my personal experience in searching for the “perfect” child care setting for my two beautiful, smart, amazing, super energized daughters. Alongside four other incredible and inspiring Kansas City mothers, we had the opportunity to participate in a family voices panel to express our successes… Read more »

How a Local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency Can Strengthen Your Family

Child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies are a critical link between families of young children, communities, and local services and supports. Alma’s story illuminates how her local CCR&R’s lending library and caregiver education program strengthens families and encourages early learning and development.   My name is Alma Rodriguez. I have frequently visited the Annabelle… Read more »

VIDEO: The Importance of a Locating a Nurturing Child Care Facility

Amber and Travis, married with two kids, work corporate jobs with long hours and worry about the type of influence that child care providers can have on their children. With the help of quality child care, they have the satisfaction of knowing their children are in a nurturing and compassionate environment. Many parents and families… Read more »

Relationships Matter – A Parent’s Perspective

Ever wonder what parents value in their relationships with child care providers? I wanted to know what it takes to meaningfully engage families so I turned to an expert! Meet Katey, a vivacious mom from Kansas. During a Q&A session, Katey provided a glimpse into what family engagement means to her family as she opened… Read more »

Not Just a Number: Finding the Right Fit for Her Child

Cristina, a married mother of two, worries about her children becoming just another number in day care facilities. With the help of quality child care, her children are able to have access to a child care facility that emphasizes an emotionally supportive atmosphere, which has given Cristina the reassurance she needs. Listen to her story:… Read more »

A Balancing Act: Quality, Affordable Child Care and Child Care Provider Compensation

By the time I had my third child, I knew exactly what it would take to call child care perfect, and through the most fortunate of circumstances I found it. From nine months on my daughter was able to attend a small in-home child care setting where she was fed home cooked meals, a steady… Read more »

Why I Closed My In-Home Child Care

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paul Coehlo, author of The Alchemist In the past four years since my son was born, I’ve said two difficult goodbyes to two careers that I loved. The struggle to make those decisions is not necessarily something I’d want to relive,… Read more »

Riding Out the Storm

We got hit by a tornado on a Sunday afternoon in late May. It was a holiday weekend, so most of our neighbors were out of town. I was out shopping in Forest Lake with my 4 year old, and my husband was at home.  We were experiencing a terrible storm in Forest Lake—it was… Read more »

The Next Chapter: Knocking on the Door to Kindergarten

It hardly seems possible that we are in the midst of transitioning from preschool to kindergarten with our oldest child. How did that curious little infant we had 5 years ago move so quickly through toddlerhood and preschool? Yet, we are rapidly approaching the first day of kindergarten and a host of emotions that come… Read more »

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