Policymakers Used to Ignore Child Care. Then Came the Pandemic.

The New York Times | Emily Peck

Ten million mothers of school-age children were out of the work force at the start of the year, an increase of 1.4 million from 2020, according to a report from the Census Bureau.

In a special report from the New York Times, Emily Peck looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the importance of the early care and learning sector to economic stability. This has resulted in a flood of nationwide policies and support programs to restart the economy and strengthen the industry against future crises.

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