As we all adjust to the “new normal”, we wanted to dedicate some blog posts to stories of continuing care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, we wanted to highlight the amazing work of Maria Marquez, one of our Licensed Home Child Care Providers in the Haldimand-Norfolk Municipality.
Maria’s first career was a Kindergarten Teacher in her native country of Mexico. When her family immigrated to Simcoe, Ontario, she decided that she would explore Licensed Home Child Care to take care of her own young children as well as integrating her family into their new community.
Maria became a Licensed Home Child Care Provider with Today’s Family in 2015 because she believes in the importance of licensed child care to her community. She thinks of families, and how hard it is for them to leave their children in care with others they don’t know. She thinks of her experiences as a parent, and how she would want her own children to be treated. Maria wants to give families “peace of mind” knowing that she is supported by a licensed agency, especially during a pandemic.
Maria, like other Licensed Home Child Care Providers, provides flexible care options including part-time, evening and overnight care.
“The agency provides us [Providers] up-to-date information and instructions so there is no question if I am implementing the correct procedures and practices, like screening, sanitizing, and cleaning,” she said. Today’s Family makes sure that she stays up-to-date with the latest legislation, guidelines, and support.
Today’s Family contacted Maria recently as a family in her community found themselves in an emergency child care situation. The family’s care fell through last minute and the family had no alternatives.
Our Licensed Home Child Care Providers can care for a maximum of 6 children in their homes, and Maria had just promised her last available space to a child from a different family. However, she was able to offer interim support to the desperate family, as the new child did not need care until January.
Maria learned that the family was also opening a new food business, which is why they needed immediate care. Since her husband operates a popular food truck called Tacos Mexico, she fully understood the pressures of opening a new business in the food industry.
Maria gladly offered to care for the child. She believes that it does “take a village” to raise a child, and that this is even more true when circumstances are working against families. “And the family has a beautiful baby,” Maria said. “It’s a ‘win-win’ for all of us.”
Today’s Family thanks you for your dedication to children and families, Maria.