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Creating the village that raises the child

Danielle Miranda is determined to help all children and families in the community thrive through her work as a childcare advocate and Vice President of Child Care at the YMCA.

Throughout her 15-year career at the YMCA, Danielle has witnessed firsthand the positive impact the organization has had on vulnerable members of the community.

“I find it incredibly rewarding to work for a forward-thinking charity that removes barriers for those requiring a helping hand, and turn heartbreaking stories into stories of triumph,” says Danielle.

As a passionate community member, Danielle strives to level the playing field, ensuring that everyone—especially women and children—have access to quality child care, education, employment, and healthy resources to help them succeed.

“Everyday at the YMCA we support families in all aspects of health and wellbeing while also offering subsidized child care for households struggling with financial insecurity,” Danielle says. “Affordable child care empowers people to improve their lives. The best part of my job is the knowledge that families are thriving and have access to safe, quality child care at a price they can afford.”

Danielle is deeply dedicated to supporting the Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) she works with. “Having highly skilled ECEs in the community is as important as having supportive elementary school teachers,” she says. “They are professionals who build the foundation of emotional and social wellness in a child during the most critical developmental years, and if this is missed, a child can truly struggle.”

With a degree in psychology specializing in childhood development and a background in business development, Danielle has successfully grown the YMCA's child care program from 150 spaces to 1000 spaces and counting. This year, Danielle is opening four new locations to better serve the community.

Through her advocacy, Danielle has also developed numerous community partnerships and has assisted other nonprofits to access provincial funding to ensure more families living below the poverty line receive the child care they need.

Danielle is also passionate about empowering more people to pursue careers as ECEs. Anyone who wants to work with children can do so at the YMCA without the financial burden of education. The organization will pay for the schooling needed to become an ECE, as well as give students the opportunity to earn a wage while gaining practical experience working with children.

“I was privileged to receive mentorship from strong women at the Y and to work with leaders who believed in my development,” says Danielle. “Now it's my turn to extend the same opportunities to those I work with in the child care division, the majority of whom are women and mothers themselves.”

Danielle truly believes that ensuring all families have access to affordable early childhood education has the power to change a community.

“They say it takes a village to raise a child. I’m passionate about empowering our community members and removing barriers to quality care and meaningful careers so that no child or parent falls through the cracks.”

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