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Operator sees 5% retention increase through multifaceted approach to workforce issues

Record-breaking waiting lists for child care nationwide are forcing families in some locations to plan a baby’s arrival around when a day care center in their area expects an opening.

Working parents from Berkeley, California, to Illinois to New York report calling scores of providers in vain. The shortage is so acute that child care researchers coined a new term for it. Inspired by the description of the absence of grocery stores in impoverished areas as food deserts, they dubbed these regions child care deserts.

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published April 13, 2018 on Slate.com 

Welcome to Life in America’s Child Care Deserts

Record-breaking waiting lists for child care nationwide are forcing families in some locations to plan a baby’s arrival around when a day care center in their area expects an opening.

Working parents from Berkeley, California, to Illinois to New York report calling scores of providers in vain. The shortage is so acute that child care researchers coined a new term for it. Inspired by the description of the absence of grocery stores in impoverished areas as food deserts, they dubbed these regions child care deserts.

Read the full article.

published April 13, 2018 on Slate.com 

More Money – and Stricter Scrutiny – for Child Care

Research suggests that early childhood education primes young minds for academic and social success. And yet in much of the country, many parents struggle to find any day care at all.

To get more young children into high-quality programs, an increasing number of cities and states are imposing academic standards and other rules on child care providers and using public money to expand access to them. At least 16 states now offer preschool programs to more than a third of 4-year-olds.

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published July 6, 2018 on Pewtrusts.org

Life in a child care desert: What one Denver neighborhood can teach us about solving a national problem

Research suggests that early childhood education primes young minds for academic and social success. And yet in much of the country, many parents struggle to find any day care at all.

To get more young children into high-quality programs, an increasing number of cities and states are imposing academic standards and other rules on child care providers and using public money to expand access to them. At least 16 states now offer preschool programs to more than a third of 4-year-olds.

Read the full article.

published July 6, 2018 on Pewtrusts.org

Food stamp workforce: At discount stores, questions about SNAP work requirements

Research suggests that early childhood education primes young minds for academic and social success. And yet in much of the country, many parents struggle to find any day care at all.

To get more young children into high-quality programs, an increasing number of cities and states are imposing academic standards and other rules on child care providers and using public money to expand access to them. At least 16 states now offer preschool programs to more than a third of 4-year-olds.

Read the full article.

published July 6, 2018 on Pewtrusts.org

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