EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


June 18, 2013

Letter: Familes struggle without child care assistance

To the editor:

I have a lot of twos in my life. I have two children (an 11-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy). I work two jobs, and I have been on the waiting list for child care assistance for two years. My daughter goes to the Boys and Girls Club after school, and a child care provider takes care of my son.

I remember, when my daughter was younger, I received child care assistance for her right away. It really helped. But I’ve been waiting for two years to receive affordable child care for my son. Because of this difficulty and the expensive price of private child care, I’ve had to turn down jobs and extra hours because it’s hard to find child care during evenings and weekends. Sometimes I have to call around to my family for help.

I am a single mother who doesn’t receive child support from either of my children’s fathers so it’s really up to me to take care of the family. Lots of parents like me would like to work more hours, accept job offers. Lots of families like mine could really benefit from having reasonably priced child care

Thirty-thousand families on the waiting list for child care assistance, like mine, are struggling to pay our bills while giving our children a better future. I hope the state helps us out soon and continues to support working families like mine.

Our state needs to support the breadwinners, the pillars of families, by allowing our children to be in learning, safe environments as we go to work. Not only is it an investment for the future, it’s also a winning situation for the present.

Alicia Henderson





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