ATX Community Childcare Scholarship
Parents are struggling. Parents from every socioeconomic status, ethnicity, neighborhood, religion, and political orientation are struggling. Everyone is talking about the child care gap.
Time (http://time.com/4445871/the-childcare-gap-is-widening/), Dissent Magazine (https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/care-gap-early-childhood-education-childcare-workers-poverty), Fortune (http://fortune.com/2016/12/09/child-care-cost-us/) and groups such as Child Care Aware and Children at Risk are working to provide education and solutions to address mothers’ child care problem.
But that’s above ground - at a level many of us cannot reach.
What are we doing on the ground?
My name is Taylor Huntley. I am a Black Mother living in Austin, TX. I am a child care advocate, community herbalist, postpartum doula, and assistant intern for a local nonprofit, Mama Sana Vibrant Woman. I want to provide a community-oriented solution to the child care problem for mothers here in Austin, TX. This is me making a difference.
I have created a Childcare Scholarship worth $8,000 funded by the community for the community. I am asking friends, family, business owners, and groups to match certain commitments of funding.
Average annual child care costs in Texas are around $14,000 for center based care. Average annual costs for home-based childcare in texas is around $10,000.
Imagine being a single mother who experiences a tragic emergency such as surgery. It will be virtually impossible for you to afford childcare while battling hospital bills. Or what about a mother looking to start full-time employment but can’t afford to have someone watch her children while she tends to interviews? Let alone the upfront costs of enrolling in a childcare center (admin fees, application fees, etc.).
That’s exactly what happened to me, and this Childcare Scholarship is my solution.
I am partnering with child-care centers to provide direct financial assistance for families for child care. After I complete my fundraising goal, I will open up an application for assistance on (this website). If you would like to receive notifications about applications opening, please email me!
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