“I didn’t have any family to help… I had to have child care”
During the month of December, we highlight families whose lives have been impacted by Children’s Council. With your support, we can keep our city’s parents working to support their families and, through quality child care and early education, ensure that all our children are Ready for School, and Ready for Life.
When Susan Larara learned about a new training program at her work, she knew she wanted to participate. But finding evening and weekend child care for her four-year-old son John proved difficult. She says, “I didn’t have any family to help. I was living in a single room occupancy hotel. I had to have child care.”
With only three weeks before the start of the training program, Susan came to Children’s Council. She didn’t have a phone, so she came to our office, jotted down child care provider information and headed back out the door.
Children’s Council helped Susan place John in a family child care home that offered the hours she needed and the individual attention that she was hoping for. And we helped her secure crucial financial subsidies to pay for it.
Without Children’s Council, Susan wouldn’t have been able to support her family. She says, “It was a necessity beyond anything I can explain. I wouldn’t have had any financial stability without it.”
John excelled through grade school, graduated from Mission High School with a 3.6 GPA and was offered admission to fourteen colleges. He ultimately chose to attend UC Santa Barbara.
With your contribution, Children’s Council can support more parents like Susan, and help get thousands of kids like John ready for school, and ready for life.
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