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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Mariana Dale

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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Some working moms are once again at risk of leaving their jobs

Aug 31, 2021
Kelli LaFont and Lauren Pyle both know they, not their husbands, will stay home if their children are exposed to COVID-19.
Uncertainty over the future of working mothers is once again growing.
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How essential child care providers are often stretched thin

Aug 19, 2021
Early childhood reporter for KPCC and LAist, Mariana Dale, explains why many child care providers are financially overextended.
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Program helps immigrant women launch child care businesses

Jul 28, 2021
The training enables them to help fill the child care gap as entrepreneurs, supporting Houston moms who want to enter or rejoin the workforce.
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The child tax credit is a first shot at stability for some families

Jul 13, 2021
The monthly payments can lead to small changes that have long-term effects, experts say.
The upcoming child tax credit payments could give some families a chance to invest in their kids' futures.
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Time's Up joins businesses to support caregivers and help women return to work

May 19, 2021
The new Care Economy Business Council is pushing for government policies around paid child care and family leave.
The U.S. is the only wealthy country without paid family leave.
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