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Rhode Island family child care providers are dedicated to providing reliable, affordable, quality childcare. However, those who participate in the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) currently have no way to work together with the State to make improvements to that struggling program. Providers want Rhode Island to join the growing list of states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Maryland, and New Mexico, where family child care providers have a voice and the ability to make real improvements.

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Cheryl Thompson, Glocester: Too Many Talented and Qualified Early Educators Have Left the Field

I have been a licensed home daycare provider for 30 years, and I support the union.

I have seen a lot of talented and qualified providers change professions. The DHS rates need to be higher in order to run a quality program for the children. I know a lot of providers from my area will not take children if they are enrolled in the DHS child care assistance program.  There is a very long delay in getting paid as well as the low rates.

Our children and their families are our top priority. It is difficult when a single parent loses their eligibility because they can not work the required 20 hours per week due to illness, doctors appointments and other obligations. When the parent loses eligibility they stop working and the children suffer.

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