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Donors Like You Help United Way Empower Childcare Providers Who are Nurturing the Next Generation.

Updated: Apr 18

In this month’s impact story, we would like to share how in the heart of every community lies the potential for growth, opportunity, and transformation. Meet Aide, whose journey embodies the impact of programs led by the United Way of El Paso County, such as the Caring Homes Initiative (CHI). Through the generous support of donors like you, Aide and others are empowered to pursue their dreams of owning and operating successful childcare businesses, nurturing the next generation with love, care, and dedication.  

CHI is an initiative powered by our United Way through funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, PNC Bank, and Wells Fargo. It aims to help build the capacity of small, minority-owned childcare businesses. CHI supports local daycares with crucial job skill training, early childhood education, and guidance to navigate licensing and permits.

Over two years ago, Aide embarked on a bold caring entrepreneurial journey fueled by passion and with the experience gained from working at a childcare center. The journey wasn't without its challenges, however, enrolling in the CHI program in June 2023 proved to be a pivotal moment for Aide. With the program's support and guidance, she refined her business idea, accessed continuing education opportunities, and navigated the complexities of licensing and permits. In December 2023, Little Learners Academy was born, a testament to Aide's dedication and the transformative power of CHI’s support. 

Today, Aide has passed her licensing inspection, enrolled in Childcare Services (CCS), and her business is now officially open. She currently has a waiting list of families eager to enroll in her daycare. Aide’s next goal is to become a certified Texas Rising Star (TRS) provider and she is doing that with the help of the CHI program. TSR is considered the gold standard for home-based daycare providers committed to quality care and improvement that exceeds the state’s minimum licensing standards. 

Your donation to our United Way isn't just an investment in Aide—it's an investment in the future of our community. Together, we can empower childcare providers like Aide to nurture and educate the next generation, laying the foundation for a brighter, more equitable future for all. Aide’s story is just one of many about how our local United Way leads and funds programs that are driving impact in El Paso. Please take a moment to read our other impact stories found on our website.  



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