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Spectrum Infant & Toddler Montessories can make a difference - but we need your help

By bringing together government, businesses and individuals we will fund our business model and make it transparent for others to see accross the Nation, empowering other cities to do similar programs.

—DeirdreCalifornia

Having sick time justifies my health care...

I have paid sick days. I usually use them for my son, but I currently use the time to go to my prenatal appointments. Since doctor's offices keep banker's hours, I have to take time off of work to get adequate care.

I am fortunate that a few hours here ...

—SarahNebraska

Chicago Public School Cut Preschool For All Funding

I, along with several other parents at Barbara Vick Early Childhood & Family Center are disheartened. My daughter is in an IEP and I believe the reason for her success is greatly due to the blended classroom environment that Barbara Vick offers.
—AmyIllinois

Childcare Costs Kill the Economy and The American Dream

I had to give up a very good job with benefits after having our 2nd (and final) child. How is it that $20+ hr plus health, paid maternity leave, 3 weeks paid vacation, all paid holidays, and 13 paid sick days is still not enough to be able to afford quality ...
—TriciaMaine

I get four hours of sick ...

I get four hours of sick leave every two weeks. This is not a ton of leave, but it helps when my two babies get sick and I get those calls from daycare when I have to pick them up. Four hours a pay period is not unreasonable; and I personally think that ...
—AUTUMNFlorida

Without paid sick days t...

Without paid sick days, there is no way my husband and I could afford to support our family and care for our 3-year-old preschooler.
—Sarah Washington

I have paid sick days an...

I have paid sick days, and I can't imagine how I'd cope with out them! But so many of the parents of kids in my kids' school don't. I have to believe that if those parents could stay home with their sick kids - and keep them out of school!!! - my kids ...
—Jane

Im really fortunate beca...

I'm really fortunate because I have paid sick days. But my sister doesn't - and she also gets in trouble with her boss when she takes even unpaid time off. She has two small kids in day care, and so they often have colds and can't be left at day care. ...
—Ruth

I am a mother of two and ...

I am a mother of two and the caregiver for a grandchild--passing sick days is a small thing you can do which has a big impact on familes and job retention!
—Mechelle

I used to have a great jo...

I used to have a great job with paid sick days. I am now self employed and do not have paid sick days or paid vacation, but that was my choice. The freedom I have being self employed gives me the ability to be with my kids when I need or want to be. ...
—MaryPennsylvania

Paid sick days I wouldnt...

Paid sick days? I wouldnt know what those were. I am a mother of 5 now and they range from 21 yrs old to 5 yrs old. I also have 2 grandchildren ages 3 and 18 mths old. I was 18 when I had my oldest daughter with my ex husband. He and I struggled very ...
—ValerieNorth Carolina

As a small busineess owne...

As a small busineess owner, If I am going to be mandated by federal goverment to pay for sick days, then I will not be able to maintain my current productivity and the result could decrease the wages of the employee so that I can hire someone else to ...
—StevePennsylvania

My exhusband works in the...

My exhusband works in the casino world. When he began, they did have sick days, and altho he didn't abuse them, they did come in handy when he or one of the kids was ill as we didn't have to worry about vaction schedules and such and losing days. We split ...
—LisaMaryland

I am extremely lucky to b...

I am extremely lucky to be in a profession where paid sick days are possible, but I work with someone whose husband was diagnosed with leukemia, and she has been out for months because of that. My sister is nursing her older son through psychiatric problems, ...
—RosemaryIllinois

I no longer work but whe...

I no longer work, but when I did work and my sons were sick, it was me that had to stay home with them because I wasn't being paid as much as my husband. I never got sick pay. We had to rely on my husbands pay check to fill in the days I had to miss because ...
—BrendaOhio

Without paid sick days I ...

Without paid sick days I would not be able to keep my job. I've raised three children as a single parent and had no one but me to relay on. Because of my paid sick time I was able to keep my children home when they were ill and stay home with them without ...
—AnonymousMichigan

I work in healthcare and ...

I work in healthcare and we have to earn our sick days. All vacation, holiday and sick time goes in to one earned time pool. Holiday time and days off must be extracted therefore you have very little time left to be sick!
—Dawn

I am a full time working ...

I am a full time working mother. I am married and have a daughter who is two years old.

I am very blessed to work at a non-profit where family is very important. We have paid sick days that I can use, but am very aware of the fact that most mothers ...

—ElizabethMissouri

I am a working single par...

I am a working single parent of 4, raising 2 grandsons, 5 and 2. My mother is 88, it is very important for me to have paid sick leave as when any of my dependents are not well, I am the one they count on, and since I am taking care of so many, sometimes ...
—BeaVirginia

Thank God that I have a v...

Thank God that I have a very understanding employer who grants me sick days as well as the opportunity to work from home if I or my child gets sick. But that does not mean I can't sympathize with mothers and fathers who aren't blessed with that ability. ...
—CourtneyNorth Carolina
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