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How parents cope in a child care wasteland




Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Karbot reads a fairy tale about ghosts to her children in a Kindergarten on July 11, 2013 in Pfungstadt, Germany.
Kindergarten teacher Jennifer Karbot reads a fairy tale about ghosts to her children in a Kindergarten on July 11, 2013 in Pfungstadt, Germany.
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Many poor neighborhoods face a lack of infant, toddler and preschool options — making them child care wastelands. 

The Advancement Project, a civil rights organization, has found that a number of Los Angeles County communities, like Huntington Park, could be described as just that.

"Despite years of gentrification, there are only enough child care spots for 19 percent of Huntington Park’s children under 5," reports KPCC's Deepa Fernandes. "Looking only at infants and toddlers, the area doesn't even have enough space in licensed childcare centers for 1 percent of the nearly 4,000 children 2 and younger who live here, according to the study."

The issue, like many things, is money. 

Read the full story: Child care hard to find in parts of Los Angeles