Mary's Story

Mary Curry has always wanted to give back to the community and be a part of the solution. So, it should be no surprise that she has made her career: child care.
When Mary launched a child care program in her own home a few years ago, she was excited by the idea of operating this business with her husband and daughter—growing and learning together as a family. She was also glad to have the freedom to apply her unique approach to child care. “I see a need to nurture parents as well as children. I weave parents’ individual goals into my care of their children,” says Mary.
In addition to taking care of her staff, the children in her care, as well as their families, Mary serves as a public leader within the child care system and Family Child Care union. But who does Mary lean on?
CCR is by her side, providing critical support. “With CCR, I’m able to get questions answered and a call back any and every time something comes up. I’m never alone,” said Mary. “I mentor and support my staff and the parents of children in my program, and it’s nice to think there is someone looking out for me, reminding me to take care of myself so I can take better care of others.”
Each year CCR provides customized one-on-one coaching to support and boost the skills of more than 1,800 licensed child care providers in King and Pierce counties, who collectively care for more than 25,000 babies, toddlers, and young children. “CCR coaches are experts in research-based child development and my staff and I see them as mentors.”