Families, businesses optimistic with vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds near

Sep 20, 2021
Parents dream of vacation, restaurants, ballet lessons — and mom finally being able to work.
A boy receives his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this month. On Monday, Pfizer announced that a smaller dose of its vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11.
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For this entrepreneur, the pandemic provided an opportunity to diversify children’s libraries

May 18, 2021
Faced with her child care centers closing down, Yobe Qiu turned to her passion project: writing children's books about Asian cultures.
"The books I published in the pandemic all focus on featuring Asian children, family, because the Asian community is extremely diverse," said Yobe Qiu, an entrepreneur in New York City.
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Biden announces $1.8T plan for spending on kids, families, education

Apr 28, 2021
The administration is calling it transformational spending. Republicans say it’s too much spending.
The Biden administration is putting a lot of emphasis on low- and middle-income families saying the average family will save about $13,000 to $15,000 a year in child care expenses alone.
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Biden's new plan would invest heavily in children and families

Apr 26, 2021
Pandemic child care struggles and economic fallout may create a more receptive environment for Biden administration priorities.
During the pandemic, "there was a greater recognition for employers in the business community that child care is really the workforce that supports all other workforces," says Cindy Cisneros of the Committee for Economic Development.
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Performers take pandemic opportunity to have children

Mar 25, 2021
For some, shutdowns created the perfect opportunity to have a baby without sacrificing opportunity.
Ballet dancers, actors and athletes took advantage of hiatuses during COVID, even though having a baby amid the pandemic came with a lot of restrictions and uncertainty.
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Finding a COVID-19 test site for kids can be a struggle

Sep 10, 2020
"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal talks to Sarah Kliff at The New York Times about finding a COVID-19 test site for toddlers, and why free tests can still end up on an invoice.
A boy receives a free COVID-19 test at a St. John’s Well Child Family Center mobile clinic in South Los Angeles.
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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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The children of Chinese factory workers

Oct 2, 2019
As part of a series on Communist China’s 70th anniversary, Marketplace’s China correspondent Jennifer Pak and Shanghai bureau news assistant, Charles Zhang, spoke to people in the country’s shoe industry – the world’s biggest – about their achievements and challenges over the last few decades. You can read more stories from the China 70 series here. China’s […]
Hu Maolin was left in the care of his grandmother when he was two years old, while his parents worked in the cities.
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After falling for years, the number of uninsured children is rising

May 2, 2019
The study estimates that some 4 million U.S. kids are now uninsured.
Members of the uninsured Morales family, with five children, wait to enter to be treated at a free dental clinic put on by volunteers with the California Dental Association Foundation on Oc. 27, 2018, in Modesto, California.
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