Council 5 is helping in-home providers gain a voice, lift their profession, and improve opportunities for kids and working parents. Members of their union, Child Care Providers Together, talk about the joys, challenges and hopes they have -- and about the important role they fill in raising children.
Good for kids: Right now, half of Minnesota’s kids are not ready for kindergarten. Quality child care can change that.
Good for parents: Home-based providers are parents’ most affordable, most flexible, and often most-reliable option.
Far more than babysitters: Providers say they need the wisdom of a parent, the knowledge of a teacher, the heart of a social worker, the healing power of a pediatrician, the savvy of an entrepreneur, and the patience of a saint.
The hardest part of the job: Child-care providers face all the challenges of running a small business, and then some.
The best part of the job: That's easy -- it's the kids.
State squeezes their businesses: One thing providers learn quickly is that they’re not in it for financial gain.
A union built for the future: There's no doubt about it -- Council 5’s Child Care Providers Together is not a traditional union.