Staffing shortages and high turnover have dogged the early education and child care field for years. The pandemic has made them acute issues.
The worker-owned co-op shut down in the spring due to staffing shortages. It reopened by raising wages and tuition.
Milli Pintacsi's child care operation was expanding, and enrollment had reached full capacity. Then the pandemic shut down the business.
“I think I made the best decision I could,” said Whitney Robinson, a professor and public health expert.
Roopam Carroll runs a day care center in Nottingham, England. She explains how caregivers enable other kinds of work.
Many working parents were already struggling. Then the pandemic hit.
COVID-19 has driven women's unemployment rate higher than men's and could worsen the gender pay gap in the long term.
With many daycares facing extended closures because of COVID-19, parents and child care providers alike are grappling with that question.
There's a growing need for round-the-clock child care centers.
A pilot program is underway in Massachusetts, while New Hampshire already has 200 day care centers participating in its purchasing group program.