Read the Beforeitsnews.com story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By San Francisco Bay View (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Now:
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:
Total:

Affordable child care helped my family out of deep poverty. Can we save it?

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.



pamela-covington, Affordable child care helped my family out of deep poverty. Can we save it?, Culture Currents Featured News & Views
Pamela Covington

by Pamela M. Covington

We need to fix our fraying safety net so other families get the same chance.

On a good day in December 1983, I cooked Vienna sausages and grits on a borrowed kerosene heater that – in my poverty-stricken state – felt like another mouth to feed. Every day I had to buy fuel for it.

I’d vowed to lift myself and two boys out of destitution as soon as I could, either by getting a job or returning to school. But a severe lack of resources, primarily child care for my toddler, made it nearly impossible to envision either.

Our financial situation was far from secure compared to what it had been the year before. My partner and I both worked, and we enjoyed a comfortable life in a lovely neighborhood. However, his struggles with PTSD from his time in Vietnam led to unpredictable violent outbursts, prompting me to flee with the children for our safety.

With no concrete plan, we ended up briefly homeless, relying on a moving truck and strangers for shelter before ending up in a tiny, unequipped unit in a dilapidated cement tenement.

Sylvia, a friend at church, taught me about Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG) and other tools to help me afford an education. Thanks to her, I decided to attend community college.

Sylvia also had the answer to my biggest looming concern – the availability of child care for my toddler. She said the cost could be covered by a government-subsidized program. And she was right.

Without that support, I couldn’t have taken advantage of any of the other aid. Knowing my 2-year-old would be properly looked after enabled me to not only attend my classes but focus on my studies with peace of mind.

During my second year of college, I completed two unpaid internships: one in a television newsroom and another at a city lifestyle magazine. That experience helped me get a piece published in a major newspaper, which led to opportunities with local publications. My income increased and stabilized when I became a newspaper staff writer.

Affordable child care was the key. To this day, nearly 40 years later, I’m still grateful for having received that support and the opportunities for professional growth that came my way. Affordable child care is bound to be the answer to others’ success as well.

Accessible child care offers long-term benefits for children, families and society, including improved educational outcomes, greater workforce participation and reduced dependence on the social safety net. But unfortunately, the cost of child care has skyrocketed since I had young kids. Some families pay up to 30 percent of their income towards child care, making it unaffordable almost everywhere in the United States.

I urge members of Congress to fund, support and expand child care initiatives. The pandemic-era stabilization funds that saved up to 10 million child care slots ended last fall, threatening the child care sector as well as the families, children and businesses that depend on it. And we’re facing another cliff this fall.

This spring, Community Change Action organized the third Annual National Day Without Child Care, which gave a glimpse of what would happen if providers were all forced to close their doors for good. As a parent and grandparent, I stand in solidarity with them.

If we don’t make a change, all of us will pay the price.

Pamela Covington is a writer and journalist living in Atlanta. This op-ed was adapted from a longer version published by ChangeWire.org and distributed for syndication by OtherWords.org.

The post Affordable child care helped my family out of deep poverty. Can we save it? appeared first on San Francisco Bay View.


Source: https://sfbayview.com/2024/06/affordable-child-care-helped-my-family-out-of-deep-poverty-can-we-save-it/


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Lion’s Mane Mushroom Nootropic

Mushrooms are having a moment. One fabulous fungus in particular, lion’s mane, may help improve memory, depression and anxiety symptoms. They are also an excellent source of nutrients that show promise as a therapy for dementia, and other neurodegenerative diseases. If you’re living with anxiety or depression, you may be curious about all the therapy options out there — including the natural ones.Our Lion’s Mane WHOLE MIND Nootropic Blend has been formulated to utilize the potency of Lion’s mane but also include the benefits of four other Highly Beneficial Mushrooms. Synergistically, they work together to Build your health through improving cognitive function and immunity regardless of your age. Our Nootropic not only improves your Cognitive Function and Activates your Immune System, But it benefits growth of Essential Gut Flora, further enhancing your Vitality.



Our Formula includes: Lion’s Mane Mushrooms which Increase Brain Power through nerve growth, lessen anxiety, reduce depression, and improve concentration. Its an excellent adaptogen, promotes sleep and improves immunity.


Shiitake Mushrooms which Fight cancer cells and infectious disease, boost the immune system, promotes brain function, and serves as a source of B vitamins.


Maitake Mushrooms which regulate blood sugar levels of diabetics, reduce hypertension and boosts the immune system.


Reishi Mushrooms which Fight inflammation, liver disease, fatigue, tumor growth and cancer. They Improve skin disorders and soothes digestive problems, stomach ulcers and leaky gut syndrome.


Chaga Mushrooms which have anti-aging effects, boost immune function, improve stamina and athletic performance, even act as a natural aphrodisiac, fighting diabetes and improving liver function.


Try Our Lion’s Mane WHOLE MIND Nootropic Blend 60 Capsules Today. Be 100% Satisfied or Receive a Full Money Back Guarantee. Order Yours Today by Following This Link.

Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

MOST RECENT
Load more ...

SignUp

Login

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.