Summer camps are having trouble finding enough staffers; some are cutting back

Aug 10, 2022
In Maine, home to many summer camps, a YMCA camp had to limit its capacity to 80 kids due to staffing issues.
Camp Director Chris Shea hands prizes to campers at a day camp operated by the YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston in central Maine.
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A lack of affordable child care is keeping women out of the workforce

Jul 8, 2022
Child care is a poorly paid profession that continues to be one of the biggest expenses for parents.
The child care sector is down nearly 100,000 workers since the start of 2020, according to one estimate.
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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 gap between women and men quitting is widest in states with the most COVID-related child care disruptions.
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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.
Carmen Del Alamo stands in her front yard, where children can play and strengthen their motor skills.
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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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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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