Today’s childcare crisis directly affects local families and childcare providers alike. The crisis is very real, and the issues associated with it are many.

 

Today’s childcare crisis directly affects local families and childcare providers alike. The crisis is very real, and the issues associated with it are many.

Pamela Jacobson and her family have gone through three daycare providers this year alone, two of which quit within a six-month time frame.

“We tried a daycare center first, but my baby was getting sick too often so we wanted to try in-home daycare. Our first provider quit after three months, right after I found out I was pregnant.”

A coworker was able to help Jacobson enroll at their daycare, but it only lasted a month and a half before she quit too, three weeks before her second baby was due.

“There’s so much stress when you don’t have a provider. You don’t know how much work you have to take off and you don’t know who is going to watch your kids. There’s so much stress from just not knowing,” said Jacobson.

Jacobson called providers from a list of daycares provided by Family Services, but they either didn’t answer or didn’t have any openings.

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