Child care is very important for all the basic functions of family life
Jessi Fryman of Hyde Park is a hard-working mom to two toddlers. When she and her husband looked for child care for their children, they realized that the expense would be a substantial portion of their monthly income. In order to make ends meet, they were living with another family in a single-wide trailer. Jessi says, “We were living in one room as a four member family, so that was difficult.”
Despite the fact that Jessi and her husband both worked full-time, they simply didn’t make enough money to afford rent for their own place on top of child care expenses. When they realized that Jessi’s paycheck could no longer cover the $400 per week they paid for child care, she made the difficult decision to quit work and stay home with her kids.
Then, with help from the Lamoille Family Center, Jessi learned about Vermont’s Child Care Financial Assistance Program (CCFAP), and decided to sign up. The tuition assistance covered four days of child care per week, which was enough to allow Jessi to go back to work. She began a new job at Stowe Mountain Lodge, and with her ability to work full-time hours once again, the family was able to save up enough money to rent an apartment of their own.
Jessi sees CCFAP as precisely the help that she and her family needed, and she wants other families to benefit as well. She says, “I think it is very important to continue and increase CCFAP, if possible, because there are other families in the same situation. Child care is very important for all the basic functions of family life, like getting an apartment and paying bills and going to work. We should absolutely try to help families do those things.”