My name is Amber Bevins, and I have a 5-year-old son named Robbie that has developmental delays. He is currently in kindergarten, but before he was in child care. He went to the Milton Family Community Center, and it was so great! The only issue at hand was, “How am I going to pay for this?” I am a single mother with limited income, and childcare costs were not in my budget. The cost of childcare is quite high and many can’t afford it. I couldn’t afford it.
Thankfully, I was able to qualify for childcare subsidy so my son could receive the education he needs and deserves. However, what about those that can’t afford to pay each week for their children? Education and child care in general is very important to families. It is crucial that the costs are affordable, or families at least have options so their children do not go without the quality child care they need when parents are at work.
Without the financial assistance I received in the past, my son would not be progressing in his development and he may have had setbacks with his education needs. I believe the child care system is vital to Vermont’s families and our future. Join me and the campaign to make a difference in the lives of our community’s children. You can learn more about Vermont’s child care challenges and the importance of early childhood development at Let’s Grow Kids’ website, www.letsgrowkids.org.
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