Program Helps Immigrant Women In Houston Launch Child Care Businesses During The Pandemic – Houston Public Media

Ngoc Ho sings in English and Vietnamese with her young class at Dino Land Academy.

Ngoc Ho graduated from the University of Houston in spring 2020, as COVID-19 forced many students and small children to end in-person instruction and stay home.

The 29-year-old said she was unsure about job prospects coming out of school. She came to Houston after immigrating from Vietnam six years ago.

“After I graduated in the pandemic time, I didn’t know what to do,” Ho said.

When a friend told her about a free child care entrepreneurship program, she decided to enroll.

The program starts with teaching participants how to run a business, then moves into child development up to 5 years old. It then helped Ho get her business application approved through the state, which was a more complicated process because of COVID-19 — departments were closed, and the processes moved online — but less than a year after graduating from university, she was running her…

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