America’s child-care infrastructure was broken before the pandemic, but the past few years have pushed it to the brink. …

America’s child-care infrastructure was broken before the pandemic, but the past few years have pushed it to the brink. Now, as more employers expect workers back in the office, a perfect storm of day-care closures, staffing shortages, and inflation have made finding affordable child care harder than ever. Since the end of 2019, nearly 16,000 child-care facilities have shut down permanently and 100,000 workers have left the industry for better-paying jobs. Centers that have managed to stay open are struggling to retain staff and make ends meet as costs rise with inflation. The result is a disaster for just about everyone.

By now, it’s clear what happens when parents can’t find reliable, affordable child care. Millions of women lost or left their jobs at the height of the pandemic; there are still 808,000 fewer women in the labor force than February 2020. Child-care shortages have made it particularly challenging for women without college degrees to work. Many of the mothers Erica Schwiegershausen talked to for this story said that the cost and difficulty of finding child care had made them consider leaving their job and taking it on themselves. Read about their experiences navigating the child-care system at the link in bio.

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