Your Voice Can Make a Difference!
We are moving to Germany,” my husband told me as he got his first official orders for the U.S. Army. I was so excited to be moving overseas I didn’t even think ahead to the fact that I may not be able to work. I was pregnant at the time with my first son and had just finished my master’s degree in public health.
VIDEO: Help Can Come from an Unexpected Source
by Daniela Salinas, Mother of an 8-year-old son
December 21, 2017
Daniela Salinas’ access to quality child care has been limited by high costs. Like many states around the nation the cost of child care in her home state is more expensive than college tuition. Watch as Daniela shares how voucher and subsidy programs help families make child care more affordable and enabled her to finish college.
The Role Families Play in Identifying Child Care Challenges and Identifying Solutions
by April Dodge-Ostendorf
December 7, 2017
Children and their families are the heart of early care and education. This year’s Child Care Aware® of America Leadership Institute, Growing Momentum toward Breakthrough Solutions, provided fertile ground for child care resource and referral leaders to consider important issues like emergency preparedness, public policy, and professional development with themes of family engagement braided throughout.
Video: How Finding the Perfect Child Care Provider Is Possible
by Guest Blogger, Priscilla Purnell, parent advocate and single mother of 2 girls
November 30, 2017
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 and challenges in finding our current child care provider.
How a Local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency Can Strengthen Your Family
by Alma, mother of a 7-year-old daughter
November 20, 2017
Through the Kaleidoscope Play and Learn program and story time, both my daughters have received amazing school readiness skills. We also have met great friends and teachers there. I, as a parent, have been able to connect with other parents or caregivers and increase my family’s social connections. We have also used the library’s toy lending program and found it very useful.
VIDEO: The Importance of a Locating a Nurturing Child Care Facility
by Guest Bloggers Amber and Travis Jones, parents of two children
November 16, 2017
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.Read More
Relationships Matter – A Parent’s Perspective
by April Dodge-Ostendorf
November 1, 2017
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 up about her relationship with her 2-year-old son’s family child care provider.Read More
Video: Not Just a Number: Finding the Right Fit for Her Child
by Guest Blogger Cristina, mother of an 8-year-old boy
October 27, 2017
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.Read More
Special Edition: The Impact of the Parent Provider Relationships
by Guest Bloggers Emma (former child care provider and parent) and Danielle (Parent)
October 17, 2017
Compensation is a struggle for many child care providers who provide high-quality, affordable child care and an essential early education setting for children, but mutually supportive relationships between families and child care providers are particularly important during transitions. Read each of these companion pieces below which talk about the impact a closing child care center can have on both a family and the child care provider themselves.
Riding Out the Storm
by Guest Blogger, Christine, a parent and child care provider
September 25, 2017 |
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 green outside and hailed for a very long time, longer than I’d ever seen before. I called my husband to ask about the weather, and he said it was not even raining in Hugo, but looking north toward Forest Lake he saw what looked like a bad storm.
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 along with that. Our daughter has drawn maps of her bike route to school, has woken up early to time her route on her bike, has practiced writing letters to friends who she will be leaving behind at preschool, and has carefully chosen her backpack, pencils, markers, and other school supplies.Read More
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
Questions? Email [email protected].