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Coronavirus Prompts Child-care Providers to Call it Quits

OAKLAND — Kirsten Hove and her mom have been taking care of kids in San Francisco for decades.

Hove’s mother opened a day-care program in her home in the city’s Marina neighborhood more than 30 years ago. In 2006, Hove and a family friend expanded the business by opening sites in their apartments nearby. The days were long, but the women loved the work.

What took years to build, however, was dismantled by the coronavirus in just a few months.

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