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WNY Child Care Crisis: a Buffalo provider's mission

Posted at 6:03 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 18:03:04-04

It's late on a Tuesday.

All the kids have gone home, and Felicia Williamson is here cleaning up at My Precious Angels Day Care near the Buffalo medical campus. Her goal? To offer affordable, quality child care for those who often need it most.

“Within the city itself, there's not enough,” she said.

Williamson knows a parent's struggle firsthand. “I was once that mom. I struggled to go to work, come home, make ends meet.14 years ago, I started a daycare out of my home. It grew so big that four years after that I became a center and now we're opening a second location,” Williamson explained.

Williamson says a majority of families receive subsidies, meaning low-income families are given assistance to cover child care fees, and she doesn't cap the number of subsidized children they serve. So, that can make running a business a challenge.

“If we have to cut corners to make it work, we're going to do that because they deserve exactly what the suburban children are getting,” she said. “It's my passion. I love the children and they deserve more, and I'm going to figure it out.”

 

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