TASK FORCE RETORT: CHILD CARE
We are very happy that Child Care was chosen to be one of the four priorities far this next
year. We feel, when It comes to needing volunteers far "shit work," we do not want to take
any away from tho other priorities going on at the sar.e time. If we have to go and lobby
for the E.R.A. In Austin, we need to put that struggle as our main priority at that time.
Also, we feel wo can easily work for Child Care along with some of the other priorities. If
we are working on an employment suit, then our ta3k farce can be working also, informing the
employer that they can help provide equal opportunity by subsidizing a child care center
for their employees, whose need will mostly be met by the women employed there. We want
to work with the Women's Center's goals by providing a good children's playroom far our
center, and providing a day care referral service. And, we also have an Idea for fund-
raising. The National N.O.W.'s Child Care Task Farce has a "Lollypop People" slide show
available, and we can purchase children's books with 30% off the retail price.
We are now busy on the day care referral service. In the last two months, since we have
been coordinators of this task farce, we have received several calls at the Women's Center
far this sorvice. With our lack of knowledge at this time, we have boon very sorry we
haven't been able to help these people very much. We plan to change this right now,'
Questionnaires were already sent out last summer, before we were even coordinators. Now,
we desperately need volunteers to help us call these day care centers to see if they got
the questionnaires, and to remind them to reply soon. Then, the volunteers need to visit
these centers and fill out our checklist. If you do not know what to look far in a day
care center, this check list will tell you.
We are In the process of making up lists' of day care centers In the different zip code
areas of Houston. So, I hope to have people take a list of centers that are close to their
homo and/or work, and to do what they can on their 1/2 or full days off, before or after
working hours, and maybe during lunch hour. Some centers are open on Saturdays or in the
evening. Since there are almost 400 day care centers in our area—profit and non-profit--
we will need a lot more than k people working on this project. Please call Dianna Vejtasa
or Elena Moore, and give us your name and phone number If you can help us. You can also
sign up at the Women's Center. We will then call you, arrange a time far everyone to come
to the Women's Center to get their lists of centers and checklists needed.
We plan to ask far $225 at the next business meeting to purchase the "Lollypop People"
sllde show and the children's books. The children's books and records will make good
Christmas presents far relatives and friends, and spread the word about nan-sexist book*
fir children. So we do want to get them before December.
We had our first task farce meeting in September, Peggy Felix told us about her interview
with Janis Armstrong of the Child Care Council of Greater Houston, Inc. The members of our
task farce want to know mare about child care facilities in Houston. We plan to meet
once a month.
We hope everyone is enjoying the newly-decorated chlldren'3 playroom at the Women's Center.
Elena Moore and her rap group painted the walls and doors one evening last September, and
Dianna Vejtasa added the letters and tree.' Mare toys were donated by Elena, Dianna, and
Linda England. The broken, dangerous toys were thrown away.
At the August business meeting, the Houston NOW chapter voted unanimously to be a part of the
Ad Hoc Task Farce far Children, chaired by Marie Cseri and to support the proposal to the Kaye
far an Office far Children. This proposal has not been submitted to the city yet. A
program meeting by the Ad Hoc Task Farce far Children la being planned far October. We hope
to get more organizations and agencies to support the proposal at this time. Our next step
will be to submit the proposal to our Mayor.