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Brian Hamlin


Child care is extremely important to me. A few years ago, I went from being married and the sole provider for my family to a single parent within a short period. Our apartment had caught on fire and I broke my arm shortly before COVID-19 hit. My work terminated my employment due to the broken arm. We were then homeless and stayed wherever we could. Hotels and at family members houses, or apartments. I finally found a job 2 years later and work graveyard shift due to lack of childcare. My daughter is 17 and my son is 6 so they stay home while I work. My 6-year-old has been going to preschool the whole time and is now in kindergarten this year so I can sleep while he is at school. I get off work and go get my kid ready and on the bus for school most days. I have no choice but to work graveyard shift so we can have an income and place to live. I will keep working on getting us into a better position. Childcare would be amazing to have. So far, I have worked a year and been able to make it work. If I had consistent childcare, it would make a world of difference to my family and add stability.