Samantha Donley: Child Care Funding Needs Congressional Support

I am a non-traditional student at the University of Southern Maine and am also a mother of a 10 month old child.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes were conducted remotely last year, but as the world returned to a new normal state, I was tasked with finding a daycare for this fall when classes were on. picked up in person.

I ended up on 16 different waiting lists for child care centers in Franklin, Kennebec and Androscoggin counties. The pandemic has resulted in the closure of several facilities, putting pressure on the few facilities and their workers that remain.

I spent six months on a waiting list and in August I received a reminder from two establishments a few weeks before the start of the semester.

My choices for part-time care were between a local facility that could accommodate my child, even if there were no other children in that age range, or a facility an hour’s drive away that was more expensive, at maximum occupancy, but was fully equipped to handle young children.

In the end, we chose the local installation, which is more affordable.

My story is not unique and many families face similar dilemmas in Maine. The pandemic has shed more light on the flaws in our systems, and our representatives must hear us out and push for more inclusive legislation.

I ask people to urge our members of Congress to support, among other things, funding for child care, fair wages for employees and a more universal educational base in the world. Rebuild better agenda.

Samantha Donley, Wilton

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