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Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5

September 17, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Heather Peele is just like any other mom rushing to pick up her child at day care after work. Except, it's 2:30 a.m., and her 6-year-old daughter has been sleeping for hours at a 24-hour child care center near the Las Vegas airport.

Parents like Peele, a casino cocktail waitress, who work outside traditional business hours often are lost in the national conversation about access to child care and early education. Read more…


More than college tuition: ‘We have a childcare crisis in this country’

February 13, 2018

Washington - One call was all it took for mom-to-be Jennifer Kauffman to nearly drop the phone.

“The very first day care we looked at quoted us $2,100 a month,” said Kauffman, a Northwest D.C. resident. “It was a shock to our system.”

The cost of child care in the U.S. is on the rise, surpassing the price of college tuition in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Read more...


Strike by Childcare Workers Highlights the Wage Ghetto Among Nonprofits

March 5, 2018

...Earlier this month, a one-day strike by the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago’s unionized childcare staff forced 10 early childhood sites to close their doors and made the families they serve scramble for alternate arrangements for their children. The workers, represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) made the decision to strike to illustrate the difficult situation they face because of the Y’s pay scale. Read more...


Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery provides safe, confidential temporary childcare

February 20, 2018

SPOKANE, Wash. - Being a parent can be overwhelming at times, and when things become too much to handle, there is help in Spokane.

The Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery is a confidential and non-judgmental service in Spokane for parents to leave their children, knowing those kids will be safe and well taken care of.  Read more...


No Kidding:  Up North's Childcare Crisis

January 29, 2018

The lack of professional child care has reached crisis proportions, causing havoc for Traverse City parents, employers, and child care providers alike.

At many local centers in TC, there are months-long waiting lists for child care for infants and toddlers; outside of town there are child care “deserts” where the closest licensed provider is miles away. Low wages, on top of state regulations that keep child care providers spending and scrambling to adhere, have made child care a scarce commodity.  Read more...


The reasons why childcare is getting so expensive in the Tri-Cities

December 18, 2017

TRI-CITIES, Wash. – Childcare centers in the Tri-Cities say they are struggling to stay afloat, at the same time parents say they simply can't afford the rising costs.

Plus, with new teaching regulations slated to come next year, providers said some centers are expected to close. Read more...


Minnesota's Childcare Crisis

December 15, 2017

Minnesota is experiencing a childcare crisis and it directly impacts our workforce. Marnie Werner, Director of Research for the Center for Rural Policy and Development...shares insights from research she led on the topic for the Center.

“There is a shortage of childcare providers in all parts of the state. The solutions to it are going to be different because of demographics, economics, and population density.”

“[In the last 30 years] we found that the number of people providing in home childcare has been on the downslide and in the last 10 years it has been going down quite a bit.” Read More...

Child care costs in Canada rising faster than inflation: report

December 12, 2017

A new report shows child care costs are rising faster than inflation, straining pocketbooks and raising questions about whether billions in new federal spending will make daycare more affordable for those who want it.

Toronto remains the most expensive city for child care, where median daycare costs families about $21,096 a year.

The cheapest spaces are in Quebec, where provincially regulated and subsidized daycare has a median cost of $183 a month, or $2,196 a year. Read More...


Finding childcare for children 12 months to three years old has reached "a state of crisis"

December 10, 2017

The funding will help the non-profit design and install a new portable that will allow 44 new childcare spaces on the school grounds of the elementary school. The government says 20 of the spaces will be for preschoolers, while 24 spaces will be created for school-age children. Read More...
Childcare Crisis Hits Home, Part 1

November 30, 2017

Over the last few years, childcare services in Chippewa County have dwindled, creating a lack of care opportunities for households. However, it is not just Chippewa County having a shortage; Minnesota is in a childcare crisis.
How Utah's child care shortage impacts the gender wage gap

November 22, 2017

In a perfect world, Ashleigh would be able to stay at home and "watch her kids grow up."

But her husband's $14 per hour wage as a foreman/maintenance man isn't enough to make ends meet for the family of four.

Ashleigh, 23, has thought about working at night so she could be home during the day with her 3-year-old and 1-year-old, but it's hard to walk away from her receptionist job that pays $11.50 an hour — a decent wage in Kanab, a small tourism-fueled town nestled on the Utah/Arizona border.


Recent daycare closure highlights growing child care crisis

November 17, 2017

A child care facility has closed its doors after more than eight years of service to the community. Tiny Angels, which provides care to about 20 families in the area, says they are closing due to state funding cuts. Although the cost for childcare is high; "To pay for one year of a child in infant care, actually is more expensive than one year of in-state college tuition." Read More...

Dire shortage of daycare centers may impact China’s efforts to increase birth rate

November 14, 2017

Pushing small children to the ground, force-feeding them spicy wasabi as a way of punishment… the physical abuses at a daycare center run by Shanghai-based online-travel company Ctrip for its employees enraged Chinese netizens after secret surveillance video footage of the abuse went viral last week. Read More...

Town Hall Tackles Austin-Area Child Care Crisis 

November 6, 2017

More than 100 people filled the Hormel Historic Home Monday night to discuss the results of a new survey that shows the Austin area lacks more than 800 spots in child care for young kids. Read More...
Fifth of childcare centers lack staff in Ireland

October 31, 2017

High staff turnover, fewer childcare places and growing waiting lists characterize the current state of the Irish childcare sector, finds a new report. Read More...

Queensland has the second lowest rate of degree-qualified early childhood teachers in the country leading to a shortage of quality staff

October 26, 2017

Mitchell Institute Policy Program Director Dr Charlene Smith said lifting the quality of the lowest level services would have a huge impact on outcomes with about 490 of 2886 services in Queensland currently not meeting educational program and practice standards. Read More...
The Crisis Facing America’s Preschool Teachers