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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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