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‘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.

‘Women Are Routinely Discredited’: How Courts Fail Mothers and Children Who Have Survived Abuse

Burdened by the high cost of legal help and penalized by courts that favor fathers, women risk losing children to abusive partners

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.

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.

‘I Want to Move Forward’: Student Moms Bear Costly Double Burden of Child Care Costs, Student Debt

Making progress toward reducing massive debt seems like an elusive dream for two moms who are struggling to repay mounting student loans while covering child care expenses. Experts say they are not alone.

Left Without School or Daycare, Farmworkers Are Bringing Their Kids to Work

The pandemic has exacerbated an already dire childcare gap in the farmworker community, forcing parents into taking their children to work in fields.

Ohio’s Appalachian Region Was Already Losing Child Care Providers. Then the Pandemic Hit

As of September, the number of licensed child care providers in Ohio has dropped more than 60% from pre-pandemic levels, according to data.

Black Childcare Providers Hit Hard by COVID-19

Kimberly Speller is still getting used to the quiet. Before the pandemic, on a typical day, she’d welcome a dozen or so boisterous 3 and 4-year-olds onto her porch and into her home in West…

“You’re Basically Trying to Pick Your Poison”: Persistent Inequality Weighs on Black Mothers During COVID-19

On a bright Sunday afternoon in late August, 37-year-old Adrianne Williams tucked her son Josiah into his car seat. The energetic three-year-old was talkative that afternoon, excited for the weekly hour drive. Josiah’s latest obsession,…

With Less Money and More Risk, Waves of Child-Care Providers Call it Quits

OAKLAND —  Kirsten Hove and her mom have been taking care of kids in San Francisco for decades. Hove’s mother opened a day-care program in her home in the city’s Marina neighborhood more than 30 years ago.…

Child Care Workers Weigh COVID-19 Risks: “I Don’t Want to Die.”

Over the course of her 12-year career, child care provider Kyra Swenson has caught pneumonia three times. The 35-year-old teacher who, until earlier this year, watched over seven one-year-olds in the burnt orange walled Chipmunk…

Coronavirus child care pinch in U.S. poses threat to economic gains of working women

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Most days, Zora Pannell works from her dining room table, sitting in front of her computer, turning off the video on Zoom calls to nurse her one-year-old daughter, Savannah. Pannell has balanced…

Lose Income or Risk Your Child’s Health at Daycare? The Impossible Choice Low-Income Parents Face in Wisconsin

When 19-year old Milwaukee native Lenesha Barr discovered her six-month-old son, LaShaun, tested positive for coronavirus in April, she panicked.  “There’s a risk that he might die from this,” says Barr, a cook at Wendy’s on unpaid…

‘They Came to Kill the Mothers.’ After a Devastating Attack on a Kabul Maternity Ward, Afghan Women Face Increased Dangers

An attack on a Kabul maternity ward comes at a time when the future of women’s health efforts in Afghanistan is already complicated.

‘The Reality Is, It’s Incredibly Hard’

Shelly Hughes’s typical day starts at 9 p.m. She’s used to not wanting to get out of bed and go to work, but now the feeling is much stronger. Her son, home from college because…

The Poland Model—Promoting ‘Family Values’ With Cash Handouts

The program’s design is similar to universal basic income, and marks a departure from the paternalistic attitude of previous governments.
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