Economies are reopening, but the child care question persists

Jun 8, 2020
An industry stretched thin before the pandemic is now at a breaking point.
A mother helps her daughters with schoolwork in March. As the economy opens back up, school programs remain shut down.
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Inside West Virginia’s overwhelmed foster care system

Oct 9, 2019
About 85% of the children in state custody have a parent who struggles with substance use disorder. The system is straining to care for them.
A homemade sign says "Think drugs gets you high give God a try," on a front lawn in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. The town in Wise County has been hit hard by the opioid epidemic.
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Millions of workers don't do 9 to 5. So where's the child care?

Jan 14, 2019
There's a growing need for round-the-clock child care centers.
Lesely Crawford, owner of ABK Learning and Development Center in Pittsburgh, gives a baby a midnight feeding at her 24/7 child care.
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In an effort to save money, day care centers in New England are forming purchasing groups

Oct 24, 2018
A pilot program is underway in Massachusetts, while New Hampshire already has 200 day care centers participating in its purchasing group program.
The Elizabeth Peabody House serves children and families in the Somerville, Massachusetts area.
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In an effort to save money, day care centers in New England are forming purchasing groups

Oct 24, 2018
A pilot program is underway in Massachusetts, while New Hampshire already has 200 day care centers participating in its purchasing group program.
The Elizabeth Peabody House serves children and families in the Somerville, Massachusetts area.
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The cost of summer child care

How does your family make things work during the long break from school?
Swim instructor Jessica Raya assists Derek Muniz, 4, as he works on using his hands and feet at the same time during a class Monday at Thomas Pool in Fort Hood, TX. 
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For working parents, summer break is no vacation

May 23, 2016
With school out, what to do with the kids is a constant dilemma.
Wanda Gomez registers voters outside a grocery store during her sons’ spring break. Her sons say “Today is a pool day,” but Gomez has to work.
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Child care providers are the glue of many communities

Sep 18, 2014
Home childcare providers are vital to many, yet make as little as $22,000 a year.