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‘A fifteen-year old mom is now a school teacher’

Patricia Miranda | San Ysidro

Years ago, a 15-year-old mother brought her two-week-old infant to my daycare. She wanted to finish high school, and become a teacher, but she did not know how she could do it and take care of her baby during the day. I took her child into my home-based nursery, easing that worry—and now she is a school teacher, just like she had always dreamed.

All of the parents of the children in my daycare are struggling financially, and many of them have lost their jobs. Others have to work two or three jobs just to make ends meet. My families are doing their best, and I am happy they’re able to bring their children to me while they work hard to provide for them. Unfortunately, cuts to the child care system have made it hard for families who qualify for and desperately need child care to access it.

As smart early educators, we have great ideas on how to improve the system. We are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work right alongside the state to ensure access to quality child care for all working parents who need it.

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