Child care is expensive for families, yet it doesn’t bring in enough money for providers to grow or pay workers high wages. Kansas is at a crossroads.
Child care challenges have forced Kansas parents to give up or change jobs, while child care workers are paid worse than 98% of professions, according to a new report.
Kansas child care providers worry that too many small children supervised by too few adults could threaten safety.
Economic disruption in Kansas associated with COVID-19 contributed to the demise of 115 family home child care providers in the pandemic’s first year and left nearly one-fifth of the state’s counties without child care slots for infants or toddlers, a new report said.
A new Kansas childcare survey highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to stretch the thinning network of providers by exacerbating staff shortages, deepening financial challenges, and amplifying occupational stress and burnout.
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