Child Care for Families Experiencing Homelessness
"In quality child care, a homeless child does not feel homeless" - Deeann Burtch Puffert
Kara was referred to the Child Care Resources Homeless Program after completing a substance abuse treatment program and being reunited with her son, Kailas. The CCR Parent Representative, Terrie, visited Kara's home to help her enroll in the program, assess her child care needs and choose the right child care. Kara was surprised that Terrie cared enough to come to her home and meet her and Kailas.
Kara had completed treatment, become employed, survived a serious auto accident and recently lost her job at the time she entered the program. Terrie helped her understand the child care system and choose the type of child care she was comfortable with.
"I told Terrie my goals – to go to school and to go to work – and she really encouraged me to take time to reach my goals. I had a lot of questions about child care, she patiently answered every single one and she gave me options. The message was always 'We're going to be there for you' and they always were," said Kara.
CCR supported Kara as she received training in Peer Counseling, became certified and found a new job. Meanwhile, Kailas was happy in child care.
"He can go on being a kid, learning all there is to learn and being the vibrant and joyful little person that he is. I'm comfortable knowing where he is and it allows me to focus on my goals," said Kara.
For almost 13 years, Child Care Resources has administered the Homeless Child Care Subsidy Program; providing much needed child care subsidy to families experiencing homelessness across King County. But in October we learned that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will no longer be able to fund our program. That means that as of January 31, 2016, 50% of our program funding will disappear.
We are working hard to secure a new long-term funding source for this critical service to our families. In the meantime, however, the services we offer are central to meeting the needs of children and families experiencing homelessness in King County. Child care offers a safe, predictable and stable environment during their most vulnerable years and we don't want a single child to be displaced. So we're asking you to make a gift, large or small, to help meet these urgent needs.
You can make child care possible for every child experiencing homelessness in King County joining our crowdfunding campaign.
Read our CEO, Deeann Burtch Puffert's, opinion piece in the Seattle Times here.
And you can watch KING 5 News coverage on our program here.
Watch a video about our program