Two months ago, I told Vermont legislators the story of how I lost my job, my life savings and my apartment after I lost access to child care.
It all started in January 2017 when my child-care provider suddenly closed her doors. I was a full-time state employee and single mother of three children; not working wasn’t an option, but I couldn’t get to work because I couldn’t find child care. I was forced to leave my job and begin collecting welfare and food stamps. I burned through my life savings and retirement within a few months. Then I had to give up our apartment and live with friends. I became severely depressed.