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Jessica Washington

Trauma Can Be Hard to Talk About. It Can Also Be Hard to Hear: Reporter’s Notebook

Jessica Washington shares how she developed relationships with sources while investigating how Native mothers experience the Minnesota foster care system.

Why Are Latina Moms in New York Reporting Such High Levels of Anxiety and Depression?

The pandemic’s emotional strains are falling especially heavy on communities hit hardest by COVID, unemployment and child care challenges.

COVID ‘Crisis Moment’ for Families With Children in NYC Pre-K and 3K Programs

Ten-day quarantines are forcing families to keep young kids home, causing chaos for those in need of child care — regardless of negative COVID test results.

'Your Mom is a Bad Mom': Minnesota's Foster Care System Rooted in Racist Boarding School Legacy, Native Mothers and Experts Say

For many Native mothers, the fear of having their children ripped away from them and the ripple effects of generations of forced family separations remain omnipresent.

How Major Abortion Laws Compare State by State: Map

On Dec. 1, the Supreme Court will hear a case from Mississippi over its 2018 law banning abortion after 15 weeks—the first serious challenge to Roe v. Wade. Here's a state-by-state comparison of key abortion restrictions throughout the U.S.

Women With Children Having Harder Time Re-entering NYC Workforce

A new study shows 41% of women living with kids in New York Ci are not working compared to 24% of men with children — a lingering effect of remote school and a perpetual child…

Unsafe, Unsanitary Conditions Plague Child Care Centers at NYC Public Housing: Operators

Providers say they shoulder costs for heating and repairs — and have concerns for the children in their care. Some 400 child care centers are housed in buildings operated by New York City Housing Authority,…

Maya Wiley Won’t Be New York’s Next Mayor. What Will Happen to Her Signature Proposal?

Former New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley says she won’t be running for New York governor, but that won’t stop her from championing her signature child care agenda from outside public office.
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A Young Black Mother Died During Treatment for Postpartum Depression. Her Family Demands Answers

Denise Williams went to Queens Hospital Center last month. Her family found out 48 hours later that the 29-year-old mother of two had died at the city-run hospital. They still don’t know why.

‘One Paycheck Away From Losing Everything’: Why The Child Care Crisis Is Especially Hard for Black Mothers

The coronavirus pandemic caused a child care crisis. Black moms are bearing the biggest brunt.
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How a Little-Known Legal Loophole Punishes Girls Who Don’t Behave

Girls, especially girls of color, are inordinately subjected to a type of court order that's designed to protect them but often punishes them—or worse.

The Moms STILL Are Not Alright

Vaccine availability, the delta variant and child care access are compounding challenges for working mothers.

Many Spanish-Speaking Immigrant Caregivers Feel Left Out of Child Care Relief Efforts

Spanish-speaking child care providers say they are struggling to get the support they need during the pandemic.

As Attention Turns to Child Care, the System’s Unsung Heroes Ask for Recognition

The pandemic is disrupting one of the most prevalent forms of child care for children younger than 6: the informal network of family, friends and neighbor caregivers.

How Will the COVID Shot Affect Your Period? Scientists Say There’s Not Enough Data—But There Should Be

Health experts say the fact that people in vaccine trials were not asked about their periods speaks to the larger way the health concerns of women and other birthing people are often ignored and dismissed…

‘Water Warriors’: The US Women Banding Together to Fight for Water Justice

Women have been deeply embedded in the movement for clean water and sanitation for decades, which has become even more pressing amid the pandemic.

The Pandemic Devastated Home-Based Child Care: ‘I Don’t Know How We Bounce Back’

The pandemic has decimated the child care industry across the board, but home-based workers and older workers have been particularly impacted.

Lessons from Texas: Advocates Warn of Extreme Weather’s Link to Domestic Violence

When a winter storm paralyzed Texas last month, millions of people in the state were left without power or heat or drinkable water. Traveling was dangerous and cell service was spotty. At the Houston Area…
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