Family Voices Successful at Driving Federal Policy
by Kim Engelman, Chief of Family & Community Engagement
September 1, 2017
In the Spring of 2017, families from across the nation joined early care and education system professionals in Washington, D.C. These families traveled from all four corners of the United States including Washington, California, Florida, Maine and 18 other states in between. It was incredible to witness the diversity this group encompassed and their passion to unite on behalf of children and families across the country.
From One Family to Another: Tips to Make the Transition Easier
By Guest blogger, Tammy, parent advocate
August 29, 2017
One parent shares her experience on transitioning children from child care to school. From one parent to another, this mother provides tips on transitioning, including doing your homework on the child care center, interviewing the director and requesting a tour, bringing your child to the facility, maintaining a consistent drop-off schedule, and taking the transition one day at a time.Read More
Sick, Absent, or Forgotten? How a Change in Routine Can Become Deadly in Minutes
by Guest blogger, Kristie Reeves, parent advocate
July 31, 2017
The Struggle of Finding Affordable, Quality Care for a Child with Special Needs
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A Dad’s Perspective: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
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.Read More
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.Read More
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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