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Like many working parents, Michelle struggled to find childcare for her two youngest children. “It was hard for me. My parents would help when they could, but they also worked,” shared Michelle.

“So I had to cut back hours or go in at night when my job could work with me. It has been very hard with COVID since I work in nursing, and it is a very competitive field. I even had to go down to part-time at work just because I didn’t have care for my kids.”

“At Preschool University, I know they are learning and in good care. They have a good curriculum, and I see that with my son,” shared Michelle.

child care and psu

A recent Household Pulse Survey from the Census Bureau finds that over 1 in 4 families with children under the age of 5 reported that they could not send their kids to childcare because of safety concerns or because their usual option was closed, unavailable, or unaffordable.¹


“It’s very hard with what people charge for daycare. You must step back and think, ‘Is it worth me working?’ With my oldest, it made me feel like I was just working to pay for daycare, and I felt like I was missing a lot of what was going on with my kids because I was working all the time,” shared Michelle.


A friend from church recommended the preschool all her children had attended, YMCA PreSchool University. When meeting with PSU staff, Michelle learned about financial aid and state-subsidized care. With that new knowledge and having a trusted friend refer her, Michelle felt confident in enrolling her children with the Y. In July 2021, Emma (5) started preschool.

By the end of 2021, PSU accepted Ethan (2) into the toddler class.
“At Preschool University, I know they are learning and in good care. They have a good curriculum, and I see that with my son,” said Michelle. ”Ethan is talking more than his older siblings did at his age. He comes home singing songs.”


This August, Emma will be starting kindergarten and enrolling in after-school care with the Y. “I think she will be more prepared than my oldest,” shared Michelle. “The Y has benefited both my kids. Just being able to interact with other kids their age. And the teaching, I feel my daughter has learned a lot just in the year she has been there, more than I could have taught her since I work.”

We at the Y believe in nurturing children and families through affordable, quality child care.

“Thank you. It is very helpful that you [Annual Campaign volunteers] take the time to help people who cannot pay out of pocket—not having to worry about if I can pay for someone to watch my kids. Not having to worry about it coming out of my pocket because of these volunteers warms my heart,” shared Michelle.


We at the Y believe in nurturing children and families through affordable, quality child care.


Michelle hopes she can also lend a helping hand through the Y Annual Campaign. “It is nice to be able to donate to another family in need and help give their kids the type of schooling and daycare they need.”


By removing the financial barriers of child care, we ensure that all children in our community have an equitable start. Together, we can bridge the gaps in affordable child care by providing financial assistance and supporting all families in our community.

 

The average cost of Preschool in San Bernardino County is $700 a month.²

1. U.S. News. February 1, 2022.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2022-02-01/states-where-families-have-the-biggest-challenge-finding-child-care
2. Kids Data. April 12, 2018.
https://www.kidsdata.org/topic/1849/child-care-cost/table# fmt=2358&loc=366&tf =108&ch=984,222& sortColumnId =0&sortType=asc

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1 in 3 support Financial Assistance

The YMCA provides Financial Assistance so that we can eliminate the financial barriers that keep families and individuals from wellness resources and a community of support. When you donate to the YMCA of the East Valley, 100% of those donations go straight into our Financial Assistance program so we can serve more in our community.