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Waning signups for Pennsylvania child care program could forecast weak economic recovery

A decline in Pennsylvania’s Child Care Works enrollment might be a sign the pandemic has forced low-income families to prioritize home care over earning a paycheck.

By Ed Mahon and Kate Giammarise/WESA

A staffing crisis at Pa. child care centers is upending family routines and slowing the economic recovery

The shortages, caused by low wages and razor-thin profit margins, have ripple effects that reach far beyond the classroom and affect everyone.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Childcare industry facing unprecedented challenges

Childcare options in Pennsylvania essentially evaporated in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Merideth Bucher

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The Child Care Crisis

PBS NewsHour presents an in-depth look at how the lack of affordable, quality child care is affecting American families.

By Fred Vigeant

Underlying all the labor shortages? A ‘crisis’ in the child care sector creating a vicious cycle for working parents

“I’ve been in this industry for 30 years, we’ve always talked about the challenges of hiring … but we’ve never seen this before.”

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Five children died in a fire at a Pa. child care home. The tragedy changed state law, but some say more must be done.

A fire in Erie changed the rules for child care facilities across Pennsylvania. Under a new state law, child care operators must meet more stringent fire safety requirements to operate. Inspectors are looking to make sure of it.

By Jan Murphy/PennLive

Child care worker subsidy replaced an award that Pennsylvania providers say incentivized staff higher education

Under the change about 33,000 workers qualify for a one-time $600 Pandemic Relief Award. A spokesperson for the Department of Human Services said that during a disaster period states have greater flexibility in how to use federal child care dollars.

By Sarah Schneider/WESA

Child care workers eligible for $600 grants, Wolf says

Eligible employees must have been employed by a licensed child care provider on Jan. 1, earn a gross salary of no more than $70,000 and work a minimum of 20 hours per week at the child care facility.

By The Associated Press