Family Child Care Providers Share Personal Experiences
Before becoming a family child care provider, Khiralnesa was a registered nurse who taught classes in practical nursing and wrote several books about nutrition, post-internal surgery nursing care, first aid and CPR.
After moving to the U.S. with her husband and children in 1985, she needed to improve her English to pass the nursing exam. While she was learning English, she started caring for children in her home. She loved working with the children so much, she decided to become a family child care provider. Khiralnesa got her first family child care permit in 1993 and has renewed it every year. Her experience with fragile individuals and her nursing skills can be observed in the way she works with autistic children.
What she enjoys about being a family child care provider: “When you are with children, you never get old. They keep you young with a fresh outlook and lots of energy.” Her advice to anyone considering becoming a family child care provider is to “Give all children respect and honesty, be willing to work hard, and have lots of patience.”
Claudia was a fulltime book keeper/office manager for a private-industry firm before becoming a family child care provider. After having her last child, she found it hard to find quality child care, so she decided to stay home with her own children. While at home, neighbors and friends asked Claudia to take care of their children also, so she decided to become a family child care provider.
What she enjoys about being a family child care provider: Claudia enjoys sharing meaningful experiences with children in her care, while also having the opportunity to be at home with her own children. Claudia’s advice for anybody considering becoming a family child care provider is to make sure they have patience and can provide a nurturing environment for children.
Before becoming a family child care provider, Lucia worked for two private cell phone companies performing data entry and processing invoices. She decided to become a family child care provider because she wanted the opportunity to be her own boss and to also be at home caring for her young daughter.
What she enjoys about being a family child care provider: Lucia enjoys the flexibility of running her own business and attending to the needs of the children in her care. She encourages anyone considering becoming a family child care provider to focus on the benefit of earning money while at home and the even greater benefit of making a difference in the lives of young children.
Irene moved to the U.S. from Canada as a teenager. Before becoming a family child care provider, she worked for years at Good Shepherd Church. When the church added a kitchen, Irene completed the Food Service Management Program at the Northern Virginia Community College and became the church’s food service manager.
She decided to become a family child care provider so that she could better meet the needs of her husband and three young children. She opened her family child care business in 1990 and continues to get referrals from satisfied clients.
What she enjoys about being a family child care provider: Irene believes in her motto “A good beginning last forever,” and devotes herself to infants and preschoolers. She gets a lot of satisfaction when children she once cared for return to visit, send her invitations to graduations, or write her letters and send photos.
Her advice to prospective providers is to get as much training and experience as possible, and be creative and willing to work hard.