Cutting child care has far-reaching effects

Dear Editor,
I am the proud parent of a 9-year-old daughter, Analicia, a
third grader at Glen View School here in Gilroy. As a working
parent, I am lucky enough to have a responsible, loving and
dependable child care provider, and fortunate enough to be part of
a program that helps subsidize the cost.
Dear Editor,

I am the proud parent of a 9-year-old daughter, Analicia, a third grader at Glen View School here in Gilroy. As a working parent, I am lucky enough to have a responsible, loving and dependable child care provider, and fortunate enough to be part of a program that helps subsidize the cost.

Our provider, Esperanza, provides our daughter with affection, well balanced meals, music and recreation time, and even help with her homework. She has accepted her being dropped off and picked up at all different times, to accommodate my work schedule, whether it be from 5:30am to 6:30pm or just four hours on Saturday, without ever complaining. She does this with a smile and works very hard to make sure her home is never messy or unwelcoming. Besides this, she also continues to attend college classes and training on how to be a better child care provider.

There are hundreds of other providers who do the same thing, day by day, and we support them. We watch the news every night to make sure that the “Governator’s” budget cuts don’t affect the hard-working providers that are needed so much in order for working families like ours to survive.

I know that without the subsidized program, I couldn’t afford to pay for such quality care, or I would have to stop working to ensure that my daughter is in a safe and positive home instead of on the streets or at home alone.

I would like to ask other working parents who depend on their family child care providers to also write or call the governor or local representatives in support of these professionals who work so hard everyday, including weekends, so that we can go to work feeling secure that our child is well care for in a loving and educational environment.

Jessica Zepeda, Gilroy

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