Darlene Calise, North Providence: Hard-Working Parents Depend on Early Learning Professionals

I’ve been a child care provider for 25 years. I love caring for children, but this is hard work! I open my doors at 6:15am each day because one of my parents is an RN and starts work at 7:00. My last kid goes home at 5:30pm. That’s 11 hours of work every day, not including clean up or preparation.

I do everything I can for these children, and to make sure their parents can work each day. It’s time we are viewed as professionals, and I support forming a union so we can work with the state as partners to ensure that kids get the care they need.

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