Child Care in Crisis: Can Biden’s Plan Save It?

The New York Times: In Her Words | Alisha Haridasani Gupta

“I have to be honest with you: At times, I thought, is this worth it? Is this fight worth it? But there was one day when I saw a child, who had been diagnosed with special needs, sitting in a classroom and playing with a set of bells. I thought to myself, even if it were just for this one child, even if the only person that we’re impacting positively is this one child, then it’s worth it.”

Over the last year, Early Milestones has been studying the impact of COVID-19 on Colorado’s early care and learning sector. Among other troubling effects, we found that 9.4% of child care centers were forced to close during the pandemic, and enrollment decreased by 53.2%. In this piece for The New York Times, Alisha Haridasani Gupta profiles several child care providers and examines how the Biden administration’s two-part infrastructure plan could address the nationwide child care crisis with the $25 billion earmarked for improving the industry.

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