Reopen or stay closed? City day cares caught in dilemma under stringent restrictions and risk of infection
Sitting in her pink toy truck, 4-year-old Emma Harris giggled.
Her mother, Bridget Shaw, had just given the truck a firm push as they played in their front yard Monday afternoon. The toddler, who was previously stranded in the lawn, continued to charge toward the house.
If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, such family time would not be the norm for Shaw, who works as a surgical nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle.
Child care facilities in Columbus, previously shut down by a March 21 city order in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, can now reopen if they comply with a series of restrictions set out in a city resolution the council passed Tuesday evening.
Ivanka Trump says 1 in 3 American families spend at least 20 percent of their household income on child care.
The Mississippi Department of Human Services says it has increased by 50 percent the share of federal welfare money used to subsidize child care for low-income families.
Mississippi is reorganizing how it provides federally subsidized child care to thousands of low-income children, with the Department of Human Services saying it’s trying to create a better-integrated system that focuses on how well children are being prepared for kindergarten.
THE ISSUE: In much of the U.S., families spend more on child care for two kids than on housing.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday unveiled a series of family-friendly proposals for the military that would increase parental leave, child care and health care coverage to bolster efforts to recruit and retain high-quality service members.
Grandparents provide a loving, low-cost and flexible alternative to center-based child care for many families across Mississippi.
JACKSON — Mississippi officials have withdrawn their demand for a child care center owner who’s fighting state rules to post a $1.67 million bond. Hinds
JACKSON — State officials call inaccurate a recent federal report that criticizes Mississippi for not regulating hundreds of home-based child care operations. The July 11