Pandemic debt, childcare responsibilities exacerbates struggles for women | Monday Morning Coffee
The Family Voices Amplified survey, which polled 637 women from over 15 different cities across the United States, found that the majority of participants have had to take on debt since the COVID-19 pandemic due to a reduction in working hours due to increased caregiving responsibilities.
Affordable for whom? The cost of child care in Pa. | The Numbers Racket
Child care should take up no more than 7 percent of a families’ income in order to be considered “affordable,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Report: Affordable, home-based childcare is key to economic recovery | Friday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania lost about a third of its home-based child care providers in recent years. The pandemic only exacerbated that trend.
Expanded childcare key to returning Pa. women to post-pandemic workforce | Thursday Morning Coffee
'Child care is a persistent, ongoing problem that needs our immediate attention if our economic recovery is to continue,' one advocate said.
Roads and bridges aren’t enough. For a strong economy, we need to invest in ‘care’ infrastructure | Opinion
If quality child care is unaffordable, unavailable, or unreliable, parents can’t take the jobs that employers are desperate to fill.
Wolf announces $51M in assistance to child care providers
The funds, designated for eligible, licensed providers, are intended to cover costs associated with reopening as counties move into the yellow phase of COVID-19 mitigation.
New Pa. database tries to connect frontline COVID-19 responders to child care providers
The interactive map, which was published on the Department of Human Services website on Friday, catalogues the 700 child care providers that have been granted waivers to operate since Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all schools and day care centers to shutter on March 17.
Childcare providers seek $100M in aid to ride out COVID-19 pandemic
The money would help centers that rely on tuition payments maintain their payroll and overhead costs until the COVID pandemic abates.
It’s time to make childcare affordable for everyone – not just a select few | Opinion
Childcare, especially for infants, is an integral part of early childhood development.
Is Congress about to make child care more affordable? 5 questions answered | Analysis
Working class families have struggled for years to afford quality child care. Could the newly proposed Child Care for Working Families Act make a difference? A child care policy scholar weighs in.
Pennsylvania is a pretty good place to raise a baby, new report finds
Pennsylvania is making progress at encouraging strong families, and becoming a state where infants and toddlers can grow up in good health and encounter positive early learning experiences, a new report has found. The Keystone State is listed among 13 states, including neighboring New Jersey and Ohio, that are “improving outcomes” when it comes to raising […]