Any working parent can relate to the struggle of finding childcare that’s both high quality and affordable. Elizabeth’s gratitude toward United Way of Central Maryland partner Carroll Child Care Centers for meeting both of those criteria is immeasurable. After fleeing an abusive marriage, Elizabeth and her son Dylan had to start a new life far from their home, friends and family. On her limited budget, childcare options that provided a nurturing, engaging environment for Dylan seemed non-existent. With funding from United Way, Carroll Child Care Centers is able to offer reduced tuitions and fees so that families like Elizabeth’s don’t have to sacrifice quality care. Dylan is now thriving in his new learning environment, while Elizabeth is able to work and heal from the trauma she experienced.
By Verlando Brown, Special Assistant to the President at United Way of Central Maryland
Growing up in West Baltimore, my environment was filled with drugs, crime, boarded-up homes and streets overflowing with trash. Education was so important to my mother, who was raising me by herself. She didn’t want me to end up on the corner selling drugs and landing in jail like many of my peers. She believed the only way to achieve success and to get out of these harsh conditions was through a good education.
Because of my mother’s influence on me, I made the decision at a very young age to stay focused on my education.
Please join us in celebrating a banner year for our Tocqueville Society and Women’s Leadership Council. Members of these societies provide indispensable resources that enable us to lift up more people in need and help stabilize more families and communities.
Thanks to the leadership of Andy Brooks, 2014-2015 Tocqueville Society Chair and Vice President of U.S. Equity Trading at T. Rowe Price and Dana Gloor, 2014-2015 Women’s Leadership Council Chair and Principal at Miles & Stockbridge, as well as the Tocqueville Advisory Council and WLC Executive Committee, United Way’s Tocqueville Society experienced a record breaking campaign year locally and nationally.
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