Child Care Stories

Good child care: Listen to parents, kids, providers

Good child care: Listen to parents, kids, providers

They say it takes a village to raise a child, and that may be true. But this much we know for certain: for working families in today’s economy, it takes, if not a village, at least a solid team. The backbone of that team is parents, children and caregivers. Parents must work to afford housing, food and other necessities. Children require a safe, nurturing place to be when mom and dad are at their jobs. In order to thrive, families need to team up with affordable, high-quality child care providers. Working parents plus great child care providers equals success. In […]

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CCPU-UDW providers have been hard at work to improve California’s Child Care System

CCPU-UDW providers have been hard at work to improve California’s Child Care System

California’s family child care system needs a lot of improvement—any provider can tell you that. Rates are too low to cover expenses, Alternative Payment (AP) programs sometimes pay late and have confusing eligibility rules, and the state keeps changing the rules for how we keep our licenses. That’s why California Childcare Providers United (CCPU-UDW) came together: to push for changes to make California’s childcare system work better for providers and the children and families they serve. In just a couple of years, we’ve been able to make a real difference for family child care providers in the 39 counties we […]

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Terrie Maldonado: “Our daycare has been in my family for three generations”

Terrie Maldonado: "Our daycare has been in my family for three generations"

Terrie Maldonado | Child care provider for over 20 years   Our daycare has been in my family for three generations. Giving children a safe and warm home environment when they are away from their parents is what we love to do, and we do it well. We also strive to help families who need child care, but are unable to afford it. We’re often flexible with payment dates, and have even erased a parent’s debt when their financial situation became too dire. We pride ourselves on being there for parents and children at any time of day to accommodate […]

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Beth Upton: “I want to continue nurturing and preparing the future doctors and lawyers of the world”

Beth Upton: "I want to continue nurturing and preparing the future doctors and lawyers of the world"

Beth Upton | Child care provider for 16 years It is truly a joy to witness what children can become when they are in a positive, nurturing home-away-from-home. Years ago, I had a very challenging wooden puzzle as a part of my daycare materials, and there was only one child who could complete it. He set his mind to it, sat down, and did it with very little problem. Looking back, I don’t think it’s any coincidence that he’s gone on to become an architect. My alumni also include successful college students, and even a Navy Seal! I want to […]

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Karla Reed: “I became a family child care provider to educate children in my community”

Karla Reed: "I became a family child care provider to educate children in my community"

Karla Reed | Child care provider for 15 years When my own kids were very young, my focus became giving them the tools they needed to prepare them for school. I became a family child care provider to educate not only my own children, but other children in my community as well. Many of the kids in my home-based daycare start with me as infants, and stay in my care until they are 12 years old. I’ve seen the benefits of receiving care from one consistent child care provider. In the 12 years my kids are with me, I am […]

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