How turning a home into a child care site may solve a big problem

Written by on June 21, 2024

Lakethia Clark, a Tuscaloosa, Alabama resident, is transforming her home into a child care site, addressing the significant child care shortage in the state. After years of underpaid work in child care, she left the field to become a hospital housekeeper but missed working with children. Inspired by the 3by3 program, spearheaded by Holly Glasgow, a child development educator, Clark is returning to her passion by starting a home-based child care business.

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The 3by3 program aims to expand home-based child care options, supported by creative funding from sources like the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the Women’s Foundation of Alabama. This initiative is crucial for Alabama, where child care needs far exceed availability, and flexible options are essential for parents working non-traditional hours.

Clark’s home is being reconfigured into a child-friendly space, with support for safety and supplies provided by the program. With her dedication and experience, she looks forward to providing quality care, becoming her own boss, and contributing to her community’s child care needs.

Source: NPR


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