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UC Berkeley Study: Covid Deals A Blow to Child Care Centers In California

Child care provider Tonia McMillian.
Child care provider Tonia McMillian.
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As parents are likely aware, California’s child care centers have been hit hard by the pandemic. 

According to a new study out of UC Berkeley, 25 percent of centers in the state have completely closed down. And those who’ve remained open have seen plunging enrollment numbers and rising debt. And that’s not to mention the anxiety of running such a business during a pandemic and the health risks involved.

We discuss the results of the study and speak to a local child care provider. Plus, if you’re a childcare provider, staff or a parent with young children, we’d like to hear from you. Call us at 866-893-5722.

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With guest host Libby Denkmann


Sean Doocy, research associate at the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley, where he is one of the authors of the new report “California Child Care in Crisis: The Escalating Impacts of COVID-19 as California Reopens

Jeannette Romero, executive director of Pasadena Day Nursery for Child Development