Stories From Around The Country

From parents juggling child care duties and their career to child care providers forced to shutter, Americans across the country struggled during the COVID-19 child care crisis. With the end of the pandemic in sight, many are now adjusting to new realities. Read their stories below. If you are a caregiver, a parent, a grandparent, an employer—Congress must hear from you. Share your story now!

September 22, 2020
Texas child care provider trying to reopen faces financial hardship

This is the story of Jason Gindele, a child care provider from Texas. Gindele’s story first appeared in Marketplace. Jason Gindele runs Mainspring Schools in Austin, Texas. It’s a nonprofit […]

September 22, 2020
“We’re doing the best we can,” says Texas child care provider

This is the story of Pat Smith, owner of the Sweet Briar Child Development Center in Austin Texas. Smith’s story first appeared in The Hechinger Report. Pat Smith, the owner […]

September 22, 2020
California child care provider forced to scale down business

This is the story of Kirsten Hove, a home-based child care provider in California. Hove’s story first appeared in Los Angeles Times. Kirsten Hove and her mom have been taking […]

September 22, 2020
“It’s heartbreaking,” says Virginia parent

This is the story of Aleks Fentress, a mother from Virginia. Fentress’ story first appeared in the Washington Post. The frustration is so thick in Aleks Fentress’ voice, it seems […]

September 22, 2020
“My business needs support to survive the pandemic,” says California child care provider

This is the story of Ellen Dressman, owner and director of Frog Hollow Nursery School, a large family child care in Berkeley, California. Dressman’s story first appeared on EdSource. The […]

September 22, 2020
District of Columbia child care provider stretched thin due to COVID-related costs

This is the story of Lynita Law-Reid who runs the Kids Are Us Learning Center in Washington, DC. Law-Reid’s story first appeared on NBC News. Lynita Law-Reid is an optimist, […]

September 04, 2020
California child care provider struggling to stay open as COVID-19 cases surge

This is the story of Karen Castagna, a child care provider in San Jose, California. Happy Childhood School has been in existence for over 10 years, serving a north San […]


Child care is critical to essential workers during this crisis and getting America back to work as the country reopens. Right now, providers and families are struggling to get the support they need and we’re at a critical point. Tell your story to help Congress understand how urgently you need their help.

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