Amanda Cartan: Child-Care Crisis
April 21, 2023
As a local teacher and parent here in Conway, I am encouraged to see that the N.H. House of Representatives Sepcial Committee on Childcare attended a listening session in our community to bring rural perspectives to the conversation around New Hampshire's childcare crisis.
Like many local families, we have experienced firsthand the many obstacles to accessing quality, affordable child care. My husband and I have two wonderful children and while we are fortunate enough to have care provided by a local child care center, that hasn't always been the case.
We are both teachers here in the Mount Washington Valley and therefore have an early start to our workday. This provided one hurdle to finding child care as centers in the valley have struggled to find the workfuce they need to meet our needs and open early. When our center reduced to hours that did not allow for an early drop-off, we transitioned to an in-home child care provider.