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Early Childhood Education

I've shared my story before, but think it's worth retelling it. At the age of 3, my child was declared developmentally delayed by specialists in the school district. As a result, he was accepted into the only preschool program in the area funded by public ...

child care

I am a nurse , My husband a electrician and no we are not well off , We are living paycheck to paycheck we have a son and have to work to make around him to make sure he is safe , we have after school program we get help with but when he is sick or on ...

Daycare more expensive than my mortgage

When both my daughters were in a high quality day care center, the tuition was more than my mortgage. Finding affordable daycare is a critical issue for working families.


It is difficult enough to have to leave our children for 8+ hours a day, but to have to worry about 1) whether it is a safe environment and 2) whether I can afford this care makes it very difficult emotionally. When the child gets sick, you worry too ...

Nutrition - Kids Can't Learn Without It!

Health begins at birth! I work with low-income Pre-K Head Start and Early Head Start children as a nutritionist. My goal, every year, is to provide more nutritious, clean, fresh, local and sound food for these kids than they had the year before.

But ...


Hungry Children In Our Schools in America

As a teacher aide in a small town in Montana, I have witnessed children going hungry during the school day. Children are sent out to play and come back inside for snack time. It is well and good if the parents provided their child with a snack, but ...


Kid need nutritious good food to learn. As a 20 year Oakland teacher, I often struggle to teach students who do not receive adequate nutrition.

Need for Affordable Daycare

I ran an In-Home daycare for 15 years back in the '90's to 2009. Even back then, people were desperately searching for affordable daycare and I gave it, never charging above what the state charged for subsidized daycare, even though I barely broke even ...

When the going gets tough

I am a public health professional working in my state government position for nearly 8 years. My husband has worked in professional sales and account management in the technology and telecommunications industry for more than 15 years. We have two children, ...
—Katie ID

Affordable Child Care is Vital to Working Families

I am a mother of 4-year-old twin boys and have worked outside the home since my sons were 10 weeks old. My husband and I have been fortunate enough to be able to afford high quality child care for our sons since they were five-and-a-half months old that ...

Can't Survive

Child care is difficult for people to afford. The flip side of the coin is that child care providers such as myself are dismayed at the low wages that are available. I work in an after school program for $8.45 cents an hour in Tucson. I enjoy working ...

Times have changed, and not for the better

When I was a baby, my mother took me to daycare on-site with her employer, a small college outside Philadelphia. She could stop in on me any time during the day, each lunch with me, introduce me to her co-workers.

Today that daycare no longer exists, ...



My children had to go out of the city for their pre k which was not convenient for us.
—marlena CA

My story

I have worked in K-12 education for over forty years and recognize the inherent value of early learning programs. Children who participate in well-rounded early learning programs benefit from them throughout their school careers. These programs serve ...
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