Financial Challenges Continue Closing Child Care Providers | Feb. 18
On the Feb. 18 episode of SoCal Update, though child care providers were not forced to close during the pandemic, thousands have shut down for good after facing financial challenges for years.
More than 3,000 child care providers have reported permanent shutdowns since the start of the pandemic, with one-third of those closures being in Southern California. Of the 34,000 providers that remain open in the state, 77% are losing money. While costs related to operating during COVID-19 and lower enrollment numbers are contributing factors, child care workers have faced economic challenges for years. L.A. County providers are largely women of color and they earn on average, less than $15 per hour. Public funding doesn’t support the true cost of quality child care and parents often can’t afford to pay more.