|Is making sure our children are in quality, safe child care important to you? Then become an advocate!
The recent changes in the child care subsidy eligibility for families will impact over 12,000 school age children in NC.
Our legislators need to hear from us today. Pick up the phone and make your voice heard! Talking to an elected official may seem intimidating, but they want to know what you think and how they can help. Please use the script below as a guide and make your calls as soon as possible.
Hi, my name is ___________. I live in Western North Carolina.
Senator Ralph Hise: (919) 733-3460
“I am a hard working mother who has had vouchers since my oldest was born and I have been able to work my way up. [With] my vouchers being taken away, I could go backwards. This choice of the legislature is going to have more families in poverty, and more children could be neglected because they might be left at home or somewhere where it is not safe.” – Jasmine, Medical Industry
“[My daughter] and I had increased housing costs and health care costs, and a number of other financial expenditures that are a burden as the only income earner in our family. In January when I do lose my subsidy I will need to take on more work, or find another job, or begin sending [my daughter] home as a ‘latch key kid’ at 8 years old.” – Elena, Outpatient Mental Health
“I am a full-time working single mother. It is a constant struggle just to pay regular every day bills. With the increase to paying the full amount for child care it will be almost impossible [to meet expenses]. If there is nothing that can be done I will regretfully have to withdraw my three children from the [YWCA afterschool] program. Withdrawing my children will result in them not getting the proper afterschool homework help or getting good activities and exercise.” – Hope, Hotel Industry
Since October, the YWCA has kept families in the program by subsidizing 75% of their rate increases. We cannot continue doing this without help. Please consider making a gift today to help us keep families working and children learning and growing. Thank you.