I think I see myself having the ability of being better financially to provide for my children. In spite of everything, you can get ahead. You have the strength to do things that you’re afraid of. 

Ilse is a single mom living in Texas with her three kids. As of December 2021, she shared a home with her parents and sister, who help with her kids, but Ilse faces a tough balancing act. The lack of affordable child care options has narrowed her job opportunities and put her dreams of getting a degree in computer technology on hold. She hopes for more resources with single parents in mind that can help her create a better future for her family.  

This video was produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.