Letter: Thank you, Sen. Whitley

Published: 3/17/2021 7:54:48 PM

As a passionate supporter of children’s rights and welfare, a volunteer for Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), and a Concord resident, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Sen. Becky Whitley for being a political voice for children.

COVID-19 has taken a major toll on child care providers. With increased costs and decreased enrollment and attendance, they are operating on thinner margins than ever before to provide an essential service to working families. COVID-19 will continue to also hurt families – especially low income families – as parents reintegrate back into the workforce, unless we do what’s necessary to fund New Hampshire child care programs.

Our child care providers understand the emotional, physical, and developmental needs of children, and they need our support in allowing day care to be a source of social and educational growth free from the major stresses of the world.

Whitley has demonstrated her recognition of, and belief in, the value of quality child care in her first term in the State Senate by sponsoring SB 144, which would have modified the way our state reimburses providers who accept child care scholarships to better supporters providers and vulnerable families. I was disappointed to hear the bill was voted down by the Senate, but Whitley’s support still means a great deal. I’m grateful to have a senator representing me who is truly committed to not just her community’s voters, but its most vulnerable population.

Melissa Proulx

Concord




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