Wed, Mar 14, 2012 11:21 AM
I am currently a student at CCV just about to finish up my
Associates' in Liberal Studies. I am hoping to go on for a
Bachelor's in Environmental Studies and Education. I am
also a mom of five children under 10-years-old. Whether I continue
my education in a few more years largely depends on
I've been in Vermont for almost six years and I have gone through
nearly twice as many childcare providers because it is so difficult
to find one within my financial means.
Juggling classes and homework as well as all the things that go
along with being a single parent, with only having three days free
to study, has really impacted my education; the very education I am
hoping to elevate myself with. You see, I do receive
childcare subsidy and I am very grateful for the help I get, but I
could afford those two extra days, so that I could have them to do
my work, I could finish my education.
I don't want to be on assistance forever. I only want to have a
chance to step up into the workforce. That is what public
assistance should be used for, to help families get back on their
feet, not to keep them in tough economic situations. As a mother
and an aspiring graduate, I do not have access to the main tool
that would allow my kids to living a financially stable life.
This tool is quality, affordable childcare every day so that I can
finish my degree and move out of public housing. This is the need
of many parents across the state, and what we need to do is
prioritize families and communities. We need a budget that reflects
our values, and finds the funds to meet our needs.
Alicia Maddox, White River Jct.