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Disappearing day care slots are hitting parents trying to get back to work

July 13, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Many parents still have no options for care for their young children, even months into the pandemic, and that is hampering them from returning to the workplace and getting the economy fully back open.

But with schools and day cares closed, they're having to cut or change shifts to look after children while still getting the work done.

While schools are working out how and when to reopen for their students, younger children may present another issue.

DeLauro said the pandemic has shown "how backwards" the US is in terms of prioritizing affordable, accessible childcare for families who want to go to work.

I assure everyone, if people can't get childcare, they cannot go back to work," Murray said.

"We were both eager to get our children back into some sort of routine and understanding that we'll have more normal work hours," she said.

"We have to understand the difficult, and almost sometimes impossible, situation that parents are put in -- of returning to work and not having childcare or having to put their children at an increased risk of exposure by putting them in childcare," she said.

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