Child Care Works Campaign Spotlight
Name: Dr. Medina Bailey, Executive Director
Nurturing Development Learning Academy II
Location: South Holland
Families Served: 93 families
Why did you join the Child Care Works Campaign?
The campaign came at a time when the state ran out of money to pay providers who use the Child Care Assistance Program. We thought it would be a good idea to show the community and our legislators how our center impacts parents, students, and local businesses. The Child Care Works tool gives a picture of Nurturing Development Learning Academy II’s important contribution to our community.
How does your child care center contribute to your local economy?
We provide care for 158 children from 93 families. Parents earned over $1,716,000 in income and paid $308,880 in taxes. Our 23 employees paid $69,506 in income and social security taxes. We purchased $85,548 worth of goods and services from local businesses this past year. This boosted our local economy by $1,481,995.
How have you shared the Child Care Works tool to spread the message on child care as a critical economic investment?
We have used our Child Care Works tool to educate our legislators about how child care matters to our families, community, and local economy. When we show legislators our economic impact tool, they are immediately surprised to learn about how much we contribute to the community. Legislators don’t often know how deeply our work impacts the community. Using this tool to educate legislators, we are able to show the economic importance of early care and education for the community and the families we serve every day.
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[Photo Caption: NDLA executive director, Dr. Medina Bailey, and Illinois State Representative, Marcus Evans.]