Julie Sanchez via Crowdrise
September 16, 2011
BENEFITING: Connections for Children
ORGANIZER: Connections for Children
EVENT: Honda LA Marathon 2012
I started working in the child care field at the age of 18 when I began working for a family child care home. At the time, I was going to school full time at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (Los Angeles) and majoring in Interior Design. My dream was to be an Interior Designer and work with all the top designers in LA (so I thought). After graduating in 2001 at the age of 20, I started to do a little interior design work here and there but getting my foot in the door with the big companies was a challenge. While still working as one of the lead teachers in the family child care home, I finally landed a job. I sadly said good-bye to the staff and all my children (after 5 years they feel like your own) I told them I would be visiting them soon. Especially to a boy name Matthew who was the first infant I took care of at 2 weeks old. Three months after working with the new company, my passion started to die down. I wasn’t feeling excited or connected somehow. I just wasn’t happy. It was then when I realized that my happiest point in my life was being around children. I left the company and went back into the child care field.
I spent most of my 20’s working in different child care areas; family child care home, before and after school programs for the City of Santa Monica and becoming a preschool teacher at a center. With the advice of a friend and family child care provider, she encouraged me to start taking Child Development classes if I wanted to get into this field. So I decided to enroll at Santa Monica College. While taking one of their ECE classes off-site at Connections For Children (CFC) they announced that they were looking for interns in their Resource and Referral Department working with family child care providers and parents. I jumped on it quick! Later that week I received a phone call from the Resource and Referral manager asking for an interview. We hit it off great and was chosen quickly. After 3 months into the internship I was asked if I would be interested in a full time position. Of course I said yes! I couldn’t be any happier working for such a great organization. CFC ties low-income families with child care subsidy to help them pay for care so they can work or attend school. We also have child care referrals and resources for parents who are looking for child care and we also conducts child development workshops for teachers and family child care providers.
In the past couple of years, CFC staff and I have advocated for children and have gone as far as Sacramento to speak to the legislators to stop cutting programs for children and families. Friends, this is where I need your help and cannot do this alone. Due to the continuing situation with the State of California many of the child care programs have been cut, especially Head Start. As many of you may know I am not a runner and having the opportunity of running this marathon means a lot to me. My personal fundraising goal of $2,000 will help provide quality child care for children and materials to get them ready for success. Please join me in making a donation today. Any amount is appreciated. The children, parents and I thank you in advance.