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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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Rosa Gurmilan: “Nearly all the money I make as a provider goes back into my daycare center to pay electric and gas bills, and make the insurance payments”

Rosa Gurmilan | San Ysidro, CA | Child care provider for  15 years I’ve been a child care provider for fifteen years, but in the last ten years it’s been tough. We’ve had little to no increases in our pay, and it’s been hard at times for me to keep my doors open. Nearly all the money I make as a provider goes back into my daycare center to pay electric and gas bills, and make the insurance payments. I usually spend money out of my own pocket when I grocery shop for the children, because the program’s nutrition subsidy […]

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Melanie Mendoza: “I’ve always had a passion for working with children”

Melanie Mendoza: "I’ve always had a passion for working with children"

Melanie Mendoza | Imperial Beach, CA | Child care provider for 8 years I’ve always had a passion for working with children. I have a degree in teaching, and I use it to provide early education in my home-based daycare. I try to give kids a nurturing home away from home when their parents are working, and help prepare the young children for school. I’ve helped many of the kids in my daycare learn to read before they even step foot in a classroom. I would like to do more for more children, but too many families fall through the […]

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