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State makes grants available to help solve child care shortfall

The Washington state Department of Commerce is making grants available to organizations, nonprofits and government entities to help solve the shortfall in child care, which is an industry particularly hard hit during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gun control law for child care centers passes

A person bringing a gun or other weapon in or near a child care center could be charged with a gross misdemeanor under a bill passed Tuesday by the Legislature.

Heather Moss: Our agency is committed to supporting child-care providers

While parents are choosing what type of provider, program and setting will meet their child’s needs, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families is making sure that ALL Washington children have equitable access to services that are high quality, safe and healthy.

Wage hikes, access put squeeze on child care

The network of quality child care in Spokane and beyond is fraying at the edges. Some call it a national crisis. For providers in Washington state, higher minimum wages costs have risen while state subsidies cover at most three-quarters of the cost of care. But that’s not the only problem. The other problem is access.

‘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” – including noncompete clauses for child care workers and client families, college tuition incentives for the workers and non-refundable wait list fees for desperate parents seeking day care slots.