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Low Income Status Does Not Guarantee Childcare

I am a single mother of three children. I do not work. I attend college five days a week M-F, 12 full-time credit hours. The income I use to sustain me and my three children is from my first husband's Survivors Social Security check. He passed away in 2006. I get >$915 every month. I have a vehicle payment, water, light, auto insurance, and home telephone bill that I have to pay for each month, plus the necessities I need to run the house (soap, shampoo, laundry soap, trash bags etc., etc.). I enrolled my daughter in Head Start , but there's a "waiting list." I tried getting assistance from the Texas Workforce, and according to their calculations, choosing my own childcare provider and going to school full time I'd have to pay $85.00 a month. I can't afford $85.00! My daughter stays with her aunt during the week. We live about 25 miles away so gas and traveling back and forth everyday is out of the question! This is how I'm getting my childcare. For all you parents that make "too much" dont think those that make "too little" always get everything. It's not true! Everyone is struggling right now.
—MTexas
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