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Navigating child care in Vermont

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Live call-in discussion: As Congress considers overhauling America’s child care system, Vermont families are trying to manage the current crisis. Child care is unaffordable to many families and open spots in child care centers are hard to come by. The pandemic’s made it all worse, especially on women. 80% of people who have left the workforce since the start of the pandemic are women. Meanwhile, child care providers are facing their own set of crises. Directors struggle to hire enough people to keep their centers open. And when a worker gets COVID, the staffing crunch gets even worse.

This hour, we talk to parents and providers navigating this broken system. We also hear about Vermont’s new plan to get federal funds to child care centers ASAP, and we take your calls. vpr.org

Broadcast live on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Have questions, comments or tips? Send us a message or tweet us @vermontedition.

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Mikaela Lefrak joined VPR in summer 2021 as co-host and senior producer of 'Vermont Edition'. Prior to that, she was a reporter at host at WAMU in Washington, D.C.
Lydia is managing producer for Vermont Edition. She joined the station in 2019 after working for 6 years at Connecticut Public Radio as a producer for Where We Live.