What Happens if the Child Care System Goes Bust?

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The COVID pandemic has uncovered the precarious situation of child care center businesses. Although child care is a major piece of national economic infrastructure, there is no regular federal support for it beyond block grants. During the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, over 60% of the centers closed. Those that did stay open cared for the children of essential workers. We do not know how many will be able…