“I love Wu Yee. I’m so grateful. I don’t know what I would do without it.”
A single mother of three, Tala has two children at one of Wu Yee’s child development centers in Bayview/Hunters Point, and another child in elementary school.
Every morning is a timecrunch for Tala, who first drops off her son and daughter at Wu Yee and then heads over to her oldest daughter’s school, all so she can get to her job as a medical receptionist by 8:30.
Before hearing about Wu Yee’s Head Start program from a coworker, Tala struggled to find enough hours of care for her children during the day. Sometimes her mother could watch them, sometimes she’d have to take them into work with her. The Head Start programs she did qualify for only allowed her children to have care for five hours each day. Because of these restraints, Tala could only work limited hours and had difficulty making ends meet. Now enrolled at Wu Yee, Tala’s children receive extended hours of care, and she can work full-time.
“I’m very appreciative of everything,” she said. “Being the sole provider is so difficult. But I do appreciate the help I get. I love the staff here. I’m pretty comfortable with them. They talk to me, they greet me, see if I’m okay, because they know my situation. I don’t know what I’d do without this program.”
Without access to child care assistance, a single parent like Tala, working full-time at California’s minimum wage would spend nearly half of her income on full-time, center-based care for just one preschool-aged child. Child care assistance allows parents like Tala to succeed on the job by reducing the chances that she’ll have to miss work or cut back on her hours.
Each family’s situation is unique, and we want to continue to provide the care and services that fit their needs. Demand for subsidized child care far exceeds supply – in San Francisco, there are over 2,000 infants and toddlers on waiting lists for care. We want to continue to provide high-quality early child care, building a foundation for children’s success and helping lower-income parents find and keep jobs. But our funding only goes so far.
Your donation will go directly toward funding Wu Yee’s programs, which directly impact the lives of San Francisco’s children and families through center-based child care, family child care homes, home-based programs, child care subsidies, child care resource and referrals, the Joy Lok Family resource center, public benefits assistance, and training and support for child care providers.
With your help, we can write more success stories for San Francisco’s families.