On May 20, parents and child care providers met with former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to share their stories about the urgent need for affordable access to quality child care.
Across the country, hard-working parents struggle to afford child care, while providers have to find ways to offer excellent care that is affordable while facing their own pressures to make ends meet.
“Child care providers are responsible for children’s development. We get them ready to start school, we watch how they grow and we are an extension of their family,” said Maricarmen Macias of Chicago, a child care provider for six years, as she helped to open the discussion. “I love my profession, but I also have to support my own family. It’s time to invest in our profession and our nation.”