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