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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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Patricia Miranda: “All of the parents of the children in my daycare are struggling financially”

Patricia Miranda: "All of the parents of the children in my daycare are struggling financially"

Patricia Miranda | San Ysidro, CA | Child care provider for 13 years Years ago, a 17-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 baby into my home-based nursery, easing that worry—and now she is a school teacher, just like she 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 […]

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Melva Ramirez: “We have to do better for children, families, and providers”

Melva Ramirez: "We have to do better for children, families, and providers"

Melva Ramirez | San Ysidro, CA | Child care provider for 10 years My biggest priority has always been giving the children in my care the best experience possible. It can be tough at times because the costs to run my daycare – things like school supplies and food – have gone up, but my wages have barely increased. With 14 kids in my care, I rely on assistants to help me provide each child individualized attention so they can learn and grow. It is incredibly difficult, trying to make enough money to pay my assistants while also trying to […]

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Lori Christie: “Child care allowed a homeless mother to succeed against all odds”

Lori Christie: "Child care allowed a homeless mother to succeed against all odds"

Lori Christie | Imperial Beach, CA | Child care provider for 9 years I remember a mother who brought her son to my daycare when he was six years old. The mom was a disabled veteran who was trying to finish school to provide a better life for her child. I found out they were homeless, which can be hard on anyone – especially a young child. I had to do something, so I allowed them to stay with my family while they got on their feet. When her son was in my home, playing and learning, I was able […]

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