Childcare expenses can be devastating for parents of young children. They often have to make the choice between paying for daycare or staying home. That can keep valuable people out of the workforce. But equally troubling is the cost of doing business as childcare centers. New Hampshire US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has long been an advocate of support for childcare centers, visiting the Easter seals facility in Manchester. Another is the very busy Rochester child care Center. Associate Publisher Roger Wood spoke with Cora-Lynne Hoppe about the difficulties she faces as well as those faced by other nonprofits in New Hampshire.
Cora-Lynn Hoppe of Rochester NH. I am currently the executive director of Rochester Child Care Center, a large nonprofit childcare center. The agency serves low to moderate-income families with center/site-based care for children ages 6 months to 12 years, with a full capacity of over 500 slots. I completed an MBA at New England College in 2020 while raising two thriving boys. I work with advocacy groups such as New Futures, Momsrising, and Save the Children to be involved with policy change/development. My dream is to see families feel supported enough to stay and give back to our community or the state.
Visit https://www.rochesterchildcare.org/ for more information.
Roger Wood is an award winning radio, podcast, newspaper and television journalist, with over 50 years of experience in the media. Roger has spent his entire professional career in New Hampshire. Roger currently serves as associate publisher and podcast producer at InDepthNH.org. In 2021 and 2022, he was recognized by the New Hampshire Press Association for his work in news podcasts. He is the 2022 winner of the NHPA lifetime achievement award. Prior to that he was honored for his work in broadcast radio news and public affairs. He has produced news and special feature reports for InDepthNH,New Hampshire Public Radio, NPR, and other public and commercial radio stations. He also has produced spot news for CBS Radio. He has produced and narrated some 50 audiobooks and has written three novels. Roger has also moderated political forums for Seacoast Area Chambers of Commerce in Senate, gubernatorial and congressional races. He has also facilitated public policy discussions locally and statewide. He has three adult children and four grandchildren. Roger and his wife Elaine, reside in Portsmouth.