Parents hoping to get back to work face a child care crisis

Source: Alexandra Olson & Sally Ho , Associated Press for Washington Post (Paid Registration)

The coronavirus pandemic has created a staggering child care crisis that threatens to undermine the reopening of the U.S. economy. More than one-third of families report that someone has stayed home from work to mind their children because of the outbreak, according to a nationwide survey by the Urban Institute, an economic policy research group.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children, an organization of early learning professionals, estimates that half the country’s child care providers are closed. A study by NAEYC and the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, projected that 4.5 million child care slots risk disappearing without significant aid.

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