‘You’re stuck’: America wants to reopen its economy. It won’t happen without schools or child care

By Bracey Harris

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Katherine Gallagher Robbins with the Center for Law and Social Policy, an advocacy group for low-income families, said that while schools aren’t viewed as child care providers in the traditional sense, elementary and middle school campuses do function as a “work support” for parents.

“The bottom line is without child care America doesn’t work,” she said.

Gallagher Robbins isn’t arguing that states should rush students back to school or child care centers before public health experts, families and child care providers believe it’s safe, she said. She wants policymakers to think deeply about the help families and the child care industry will need to weather this crisis.

 

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