These were some of the responses we received:
“I would like Members of Congress to understand that in order to solve child care they must look at the family child care provider as a whole. Just as we look at the children from a whole child perspective. The unique environment of family child care is one that can be nurtured and valued or neglected and underserved. Lets invest in our future leaders.“
– Yvonne, California
“Fixing childcare must come in a mixed delivery system that fully supports parent choice. Children must be honored and valued along with those who care for them. It is time that family childcare be recognized as high quality and a critical part of family’s villages. Family childcare provides the stability and foundation that children need the first years of their lives.”
– Stacey, Colorado
“The logo on my business card says: Where Fond Memories Begin…. there has never been a truer statement made. When It comes to taking care of children, I as an early childhood educator, want to make sure that the children in my care have fond memories that will last them a lifetime. I have chosen this profession because I love children, love to teach and love to nurture them. I work closely with the parents to prepare these young hearts, mind and souls to be successful in school and in life. Early childhood educators and I want and need Congress to join us and support our cause.”
– Vivian, Maryland
“Family Childcare is important and valuable in our communities. We need our city officials, local government and senators to also understand what an important necessity and reliable role we play in early learning. We must all work together. Keep family childcare ongoing.“
– Lisa, California
“Child Care is essential for our country. As a Professional Licensed Family Child Care Provider, I am able to provide parents with the security and confidence they need and expect. There is much fear and stress in the world today but parents do not have to fear or stress over the care that their child or children receive when they are in my care. They know that their children will be loved, accepted, educated and have their needs met. Many of the children I care for I have from infancy until they are of school age. They are ready for school when they leave my care.”
– Aurelia, Maryland
What does it mean to you?
Members of Congress and leaders in our states, cities and counties are making decisions each day that impact the success of family child care.
What would it mean to you if we got to Solve Child Care in this country?
Your experiences drive our advocacy at NAFCC.
We are working together on the vision and details of Build Back Better and U.S. Senators have some big decisions to make. Let’s make sure they’re hearing your story and understanding the need for action so that family child care, and the families counting on you, can thrive.