Child Care Providers Face Challenges Looking After The Children Of Essential Workers

By Ailsa Chang


CHANG: And how much more expensive has it been to operate during this pandemic as someone who operates a child care facility?

COVERT: Yeah, the costs have really gone up. According to the National Women’s Law Center and an organization called CLASP, for a child care center, costs are 23% higher. And for an in-home provider, it’s 19% higher. And again, if you’re starting from really thin margins, you probably don’t have financial cushion to dip into for those extra costs, so a lot of them are actually operating in the red right now.


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