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Child Care News | Week In Review

With the speed the media moves it is easy to miss the stories that matter to you. Each week Team TOOTRiS constantly keeps up on breaking news in the Child Care industry, and we have put together 3 trending stories, that you might have missed.

We start with the New York Times exploring how the coronavirus has highlighted how necessary good child care is:

1) How to Build a Better Child Care System

“You Can’t Reopen the Economy Without Child Care.”

It’s a widespread concern because it’s obviously correct. Millions of Americans have been flailing since mid-March, juggling work and kids against a backdrop of growing exhaustion and anxiety.

Work takes time and energy. So does caring for children. It’s impossible to do both as simultaneous, full-time projects and stay sane.  Parents can’t go back to their factories, offices, dealerships or stores until child care programs and the country’s pre-K-12 school system reopen.

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2) Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith have a plan to fix the pandemic child care crisis

The coronavirus pandemic could destroy America’s child care system. The senators have a $50 billion plan for that.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) are releasing a proposal to fix the problem. The plan, posted on Medium on Wednesday and provided to Vox exclusively ahead of publication, would set aside $50 billion for America’s child care system in the next coronavirus relief package.

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3) Fewer than 1 in 5 employers offer child-care help, but experts say coronavirus may make it an imperative

Taking on the additional roles of teacher, babysitter and housekeeper on top of their regular jobs isn’t sustainable for parents – they’re spending nearly the equivalent of an extra full time job.

With schools and child-care centers closed across the country, 60% of U.S. parents say they’ve had no outside child care during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey from Boston Consulting Group. Instead, millions have spent the duration attempting to work from home while also caring for kids, with varying levels of success.

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