Wednesday, June 24, 2020
From ABC News:
Nationwide nearly half of child care providers completely closed their facilities during the COVID-19 shutdowns, according to a survey by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Of those that stayed open, 85% are operating with less than half of their usual child enrollment.
The outlook for the industry is grim: an analysis by the Center for American Progress found that roughly half of U.S. child care capacity is at risk of disappearing.
"There is no way that the economy will be able to open completely without child care being fully supported and stable," Taylor told ABC News.
More than 90% of the nation's 1.2 million child care workers are women. Some experts say that is a key reason the industry is undervalued and taken for granted.
"It is something that people just assume will always be there," said Katie Hamm, the vice president for early childhood policy at the Center for American Progress.
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