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‘Broken’ economics for preschool workers, child care sector

A dire child care workforce crisis amid a booming U.S. economy is compelling many industry players to turn to business tactics more closely resembling Wall Street than “Sesame Street” – …


Home alone time for kids? It depends

All parents have to make the call: When is a child ready to be home alone for the first time?


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 8:39 p.m.

Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., proposed legislation Thursday designed to increase access to affordable child care, including for families that work non-traditional hours. Murray called the bill “a smart investment in …


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 8:03 a.m.

Spokane community college students face child care rate hikes

Four days a week, before heading to classes at Spokane Falls Community College, Amanda Miller drops off her 2-year-old daughter at a day care center on campus. As a single …


Minimize summer brain drain

Regardless of their socioeconomic background, they’ll forget two months’ worth of math instruction from the previous year by the time they return to classes.


There’s a new ‘Best Places to Work’ list. This time it’s for dads.

Up to a year of paid leave. On-site child care. Flexible work schedules. These are some of the paternity benefits that top companies offer employees, according to a list released …


Spokane woman heading to D.C. to highlight importance of early childhood education

On Sunday, Katie Zobell will load her 23-month-old daughter Paige onto an airplane and fly across the country to speak to lawmakers in Washington D.C.


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017, 12:20 p.m.

Child care costs rivaling the price of a college degree put Spokane parents in a pinch

By the time their children finish preschool, some Spokane County parents have paid for the equivalent of a college education at a state university. Child care costs are rising again, …


Trump’s federal hiring freeze forces two Army bases to suspend child care services

Major U.S. Army bases at Fort Knox, Ky., and Wiesbaden, Germany, are shutting down child care and education services for military families due to President Donald Trump’s hiring freeze on …


Child care employee charged with rape of 5-year-old girl

A man employed at a Gig Harbor child care center has been charged with four counts of child rape involving a 5-year-old student.


AmEx unveils big weapon in parental leave arms race

In a move to boost recruitment and retention while keeping up with the corporate Joneses, American Express said it will offer 20 weeks of paid leave to any U.S. employee …


Former day care worker who encouraged kids to fight each other is sentenced

A judge sentenced a former worker at a day care center in Woodbridge, Virginia, to nearly three years in prison for her role in what prosecutors called a “baby fight …


Charles Krauthammer: Trump’s drawbacks disappear down the memory hole

Where are they now – the birtherism, the deportation force, the scorn for teleprompters, the mocking of candidates who take outside money? Down the memory hole.


Trump child care plan breaks with conservative orthodoxy

Donald Trump rolled out a plan Tuesday aimed at making child care more affordable, guaranteeing new mothers six weeks of paid maternity leave and suggesting new incentives for employees to …


Trump touts child care programs, but they’re for guests only

When Donald Trump vowed this week to make child care more accessible and affordable, it was just the second time during his White House campaign that he’s talked about an …


Somali child care providers adapt to state’s new standards

In 2012, Washington state launched an ambitious effort to improve the quality of teaching in preschool and child care centers big and small. As of May, 94 percent of the …


Sue Lani Madsen: Strict regulations on child care drive up cost and hurt families

Who cares for your child when you can’t is an intensely personal decision. Parents want options that respect their values and fit their family culture. In the last 10 years, …


MLK Family Outreach Center looks to rebuild

Talibah Adeeba directed her chorus with passion. The singers, ages 3 to 5, followed her queues with passion, too. Hammering with their hands at the line “If I had a …


USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock. A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she reaches …


Working mother’s arrest sparks national debate

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Plenty of working parents can relate to the dilemma Debra Harrell faced when her 9-year-old daughter asked to play unsupervised in a park this summer. How …


Online game addiction costs CdA mom her children

The Idaho Court of Appeals upheld an order denying parental rights to a woman who played World of Warcraft up to eight hours a day, ignoring the needs of her …


Boomer grandparents still chip in for child care

In children’s books and in old movies, grandparents look and act their parts. Grandma is a round and cuddly cookie baker, and Grandpa plays catch – slowly – in the …


EWU tea party supports child care scholarships

At Eastern Washington University, HOME stands for “helping ourselves means education.” The program helps student parents by, among other things, awarding child care scholarships. On March 7, HOME is hosting …


Officials: 31 suspended in Army day care scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 31 people were suspended from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions …


Officials: 31 people fired in Army daycare scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 31 people were fired from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions …


Pentagon day care review expanding to schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expanding a Pentagon review of hiring at military day care centers to include Defense Department schools, youth centers and other facilities where …


Rogers High students help out at Christmas Bureau

There’s nothing like the delight and surprise on a child’s face when opening a gift on Christmas morning. That’s why the Christmas Bureau offers a place to drop children while …


Panetta orders probe of military day care centers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday ordered a worldwide review of hiring practices at all U.S. military day care centers after the Army revealed that it discovered …


Army probing day care centers worldwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday ordered a worldwide review of hiring practices at all U.S. military day care centers after the Army revealed that it discovered …


Defense could begin in deadly day care fire trial

HOUSTON (AP) — Attorneys for a Texas woman facing a murder charge after a fire at her home day care killed four children and injured three other kids could begin …