This week is bookended by reminders that caregivers and providers are the foundation on which our families thrive.
Monday, May 8 showed us what a life without care would be like on a Day Without Child Care;, while this Friday, May 12 encourages us to take a moment to appreciate the essential work of caregivers and educators on National Child Care Provider Appreciation Day.
While much has been written about the foundational role of child care in making all other work possible, this month also reminds us that caregiving opens up much more to us than work. Mother’s Day and commencement season once again remind us of those who are celebrating both milestones - the student mothers who dream of more for themselves and their families.
Securing affordable child care helped Isis Patterson, a Parent Advisor with IF partner Ascend at the Aspen Institute, continue her studies. As she shared on the latest episode of Ascend’s “1 in 5” podcast, her journey also planted seeds for her son’s future too:
"He would go around to his friends and his teachers and say, ‘My mom's going to Harvard! She got accepted to Harvard!’ So I think that that's a big thing that he's happy for me right now. And I want him to grow to understand that this is for him. As much as it's a great thing for me to be able to establish that legacy for our family, [I want] to be able to show him that it's absolutely possible with all the things that at times were against me in my life."
That’s what child care and those that provide care do – they make a thriving future for families possible. We’re sharing a few recent highlights from our partners below, which give a sense of how care – borrowing a phrase from another Ascend Parent Advisor Janine McMahon – is essential to helping us “meet parents where they dream.”
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