Brian Rose, Senior Financial Analyst at Alabama Power and Childcare Resources’ Junior Board Member
In 2019, Brian Rose joined Childcare Resources’ Junior Board focused on the important value and foundation that early education can bring to a child’s life. Brian knew from a young age that quality education sets the groundwork for lifelong success. With his passion for giving back to the Central Alabama community, he joined the Junior Board ready to make a difference.
Brian has supported the services and programs offered by Childcare Resources through volunteer services, financial contributions, and advocacy. This year, Brian was voted onto the Junior Board’s Executive Committee as the Recruitment Chair with the goal to successfully navigate the group of volunteers through our “new normal.”
“I am honored to serve on the Junior Board Executive Committee. I look forward to a new and exciting year helping with any opportunities that come our way. I know with the strong leadership team we have and the committed volunteers at Childcare Resources, we will do great things and add great value to our community.”
Our Development Department sat down with Brian to talk about his involvement with the agency and how his new role drives his passionate support for the mission of Childcare Resources.
Share a bit about your experience in 2020 as a parent with young children:
At the beginning of the pandemic, with a three-year-old in the house and not having child care available, you realize how much you appreciate child care providers and all they do. The services these men and women provide for working families are so valuable and necessary. Fortunately, our child care center was only closed for a few months, but in that short amount of time, I realized that I could not be successful in what I do without what these folks do. At that moment, my passion for Childcare Resources was elevated to a new level. My energy became focused on helping the agency continue to provide child care providers with the skills and tools they need to be successful. Without these services for hard-working families, it would be nearly impossible for any of us to succeed in life. I am so grateful and honored to be part of an organization that makes such a huge difference in our community.
Why would you recommend someone to get involved with Childcare Resources?
Childcare Resources’ provides opportunities for so much more than just checking a box on your resume for community service. I believe in the mission and the impact we are having on our communities. Child care services help the parents navigate their careers and help their children develop and prepare for school and learn valuable life lessons. Our children are our future, and we need to ensure they have the right tools to be successful and deal with challenges that we all inevitably face in life. Every child should be afforded these opportunities regardless of social or economic background. Childcare Resources helps bridge that gap to ensure educators are equipped with the tools they need to be successful and families are given the opportunity to help mold the minds of our future generations. My experience has been so rewarding. Through volunteer efforts, fundraising, and spreading the message of our mission, it’s something I hold dear to my heart, and I truly believe we are making our communities better and stronger.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
I have one sibling who is six years younger than me, and we have so many memories we look back on and laugh about and realize how hard our Mom worked to give us the things in life that are important. We didn’t always get what we wanted, but she always made sure we had the things we needed, and she always stressed the importance of education. One Christmas, all I wanted was this cool remote-control Lamborghini car. This thing advertised as a speed car on the pavement, but then you could hit a button on the remote, and the body would raise for clearance allowing it to go in the grass. That same Christmas, my sister wanted the Barbie Jeep.
On Christmas morning, you could imagine our excitement to wake up to see we both got what we wanted. It was a happy day in our house as we both played with our new toys, but it was short-lived, for me at least. Remember, my sister was only six and trying to drive a power wheels Jeep around the house as there was snow on the ground in Kentucky, and white Christmas’ were common. Early that morning, I played with this car until the battery was dead and then set out to recharge for an afternoon session. Once it was ready to go, I played with it in the kitchen while my sister drove around in the living room in her Jeep. At one instant, I turned away to grab a drink, and my little sister drove that Barbie Jeep in the kitchen and just ran over my car. It smashed to pieces.
I was so upset in the moment, but it is one of those things we look back on now and laugh about. It’s one of those situations as a child you are so heartbroken, but then later learn that material things do not make the person. I actually remember having more fun with that Jeep than the little remote-controlled car. At one point, we had gone through several batteries, probably exceeded the weight limit, and broken every fender on the Barbie Jeep. We would still take it out back and jump on it and zoom down this hill with no regard to stopping or getting hurt — the life of a child raised in the ’80s and ’90s. I am forever grateful for all the wonderful memories.