Late-night care fills a need for parents

Source: Robert Samuels, The Washington Post

The parents are often panicked when they call the day-care center. They are moms who need a second job to pay the light bill; dads whose shifts changed at a restaurant; students with a class that continues into the evening. And now, they need a child to be put to bed not by a relative, but a staffer. “I usually have to convince them they aren’t being bad parents,” says Tameenah Adams, a 40-year-old with red dreadlocks who runs the 24-hour Happy Faces Learning Centers. “They are working to put food on the table, and we can help them until they become financially stable.”

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