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Smaller childcare providers struggle with inconsistent payments from state




At Heavenly Vision Educational Center in Compton, 4 year-old Charlenne De Leon instructs the teacher Merleen Wade how to build a water slide out of lego blocks during free play.
At Heavenly Vision Educational Center in Compton, 4 year-old Charlenne De Leon instructs the teacher Merleen Wade how to build a water slide out of lego blocks during free play.
Deepa Fernandes / KPCC

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California spent two-billion dollars last year providing preschool and childcare to over one-million low-income kids. Childcare's expensive, so without subsidies, these kids would miss out and their parents wouldn't be able to work.

KPCC'S Deepa Fernandes discovered California's bureaucracy can make it difficult for smaller childcare providers to actually provide.