Lack of affordable child care is hurting parents and the economy

Marketplace’s senior economics contributor explains how an unreliable child care system doesn’t just hold back parents.
An unreliable child care system doesn't just prevent people from re-entering the workforce, but has ripple effects on the economy.
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The labor shortage continues in child care

Dec 9, 2021
One result of the ongoing staff shortage is that parents may have trouble finding daycare slots for their kids.
Little pay and a lack of benefits are among the factors deterring people from entering the child care sector.
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Apprenticeships may help build the child care workforce

Nov 26, 2021
Low pay is still an obstacle to bringing people into the field, where employment is 10% lower than before the pandemic.
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Day care providers struggle to compete with rising wages

Oct 13, 2021
The pandemic has shown that child care in the U.S. isn’t working. Most early childhood caregivers and teachers don’t earn a living wage.
The pandemic has only exacerbated the struggles of the child care industry.
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Hire by hire, child care centers chip away at labor shortage

Oct 13, 2021
Hiring has been chronically tough for early childhood education jobs, especially during the pandemic.
Many child care centers remain understaffed.
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Why are the waitlists for child care so long?

Aug 19, 2021
Child care centers, which already struggled to recruit staffers, face additional pressures brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.
It can be hard to find child care providers because of the low pay and lack of benefits.
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California labor contract promises raises for child care providers

Aug 3, 2021
The new contract means that more than 40,000 workers will see a bump in pay.
Sylvia Hernandez opened Blossom to Success Child Care in her Los Angeles home in 2007.
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Why is child care so expensive in the United States?

Apr 29, 2021
It's labor intensive, and caregiver wages are most of the cost. Still, workers, mostly women of color, make "near-poverty wages."
Regulations vary by state, but child care centers usually need at least one caregiver for every four infants. That ratio might be 1 to 6 for older toddlers.
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Home child care workers unionize in California

Jul 29, 2020
Workers hope to strengthen an industry that has become even more precarious.
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Child care, an industry struggling even before COVID-19, now in dire need

Jun 24, 2020
About 350,000 child care workers are currently out of a job.
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