Sep 17, 2017
Shift workers struggle to find child care options
"Parents ... who work outside traditional business hours often are lost in the national conversation about access to child care and early education," AP's Sally Ho writes from Vegas:
- "In many cases, the children of shift workers are cared for by relatives or friends in unofficial capacities. Those without such a support network have few, if any, options."
- "The National Survey of Early Care and Education said in a 2015 report that just 2 percent of the child care centers it surveyed offer child care in the evening. ... 3 percent have weekend hours.
- Why it matters: "We have an increasingly service-based economy with non-standard hours, that's more heavily concentrated in lower income groups ... The systems that we have — day care, Head Start, Pre-K — ... began years and years ago."
- The conversation: Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) proposed legislation Thursday designed to increase access to affordable child care, including for families that work non-traditional hours.