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Parents love these providers because they love the children in their care. The misguided editorial inferred that these amazing caregivers don’t care about safety. Like the National Right to Work groups, the newspaper denied them a voice.
Our great-grandmothers were denied their right to vote until 1920. Suffrage didn’t come easy for them. Like strong women before us, child-care providers won the right to vote for a union.
With iron will and hope in our hearts, we unite to lift up our profession. We advocate for quality care that parents can afford. We prepare Minnesota’s children for success in school and life.
Lisa Thompson is president of Child Care Providers Together. She runs a home-based child care in St. Paul. Jennifer Munt is director of public affairs and public policy for AFSCME Council 5.
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