Brenda Hawkins operates a small home-based daycare in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. She’s been taking care of kids for 24 years, but the pandemic brought new uncertainty and stress. She was able to keep her doors open, but works longer hours, without increased pay, to keep her kids healthy and safe. She has never considered leaving the business, but understands why child care workers are quitting in droves.
Elliot Haspel, author of Crawling Behind: America’s Childcare Crisis and How to Fix It, outlines how the system broke down these past few years and the ways the US could fix it.
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