On April 15, child care teachers, parents, and thousands of struggling workers will be standing up and joining the Fight for $15 for higher pay and affordable child care. I'm a child care teacher and I'll be there. Will you?
I teach 14 children in an after-school program in Tampa. I teach them their times tables, play with them, and nurture them in every way so they can become productive members of our society. I became a child care provider because I love seeing the results of my efforts right in front of me in those kids' eyes, in their laughter, and in their smile. But for my hard work, I am paid less than $700 a month.
When I have $5 left, I have to decide whether to eat or get to work. I shouldn't have to make that decision. Nowadays people have just enough to get to work and nothing else.
There's no way in this country that you should have a job and not eat. There's no way you should have a job and no place to sleep.