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Child Care Is Back, But Many Providers are Struggling Financially

As the pandemic wears on, concerns about the stability of the child care system are rising as many Massachusetts child care providers report losing money – with some closing their doors entirely.

Eighty-two percent of the state’s licensed providers reopened as of Nov. 23, according to the latest survey from the Department of Early Education and Care. But, many providers told the state that reopening has come with a slew of financial challenges. Many reported struggles to find qualified staffers, or families to fill available slots. Some were forced to contend with the costs of temporary closures because of suspected or confirmed exposure to the coronavirus.

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