Latest Child care News

More companies offer on-site child care. Parents love the convenience, but is it a long-term fix?

May. 21, 2024 01:07 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — They operate in places like an airport, a resort, and a distribution center, tucked away from the public eye but close enough for easy access. They often emit laughter — and the sound of tumbling blocks, bouncing balls, and meandering tricycles. They’re child...

Day care prices aren't getting better. So states are stepping in

May. 14, 2024 11:12 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Across the country, the story for families is virtually the same: Child care is unaffordable for many, hard to find for those who can pay, and financially precarious for day care operators and their employees. The Biden administration and Congress tried to...

Former Missouri day care operator sentenced to 24 years for infant's death

May. 14, 2024 10:08 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The former operator of a southwestern Missouri day care has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for the death of an 8-month-old boy who died after being left alone with other small children. Deborah Lundstrom was sentenced Monday. She was found guilty in...

Can you afford to take care of your children and parents? Biden revives effort to lower costs

May. 08, 2024 00:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden runs for reelection, he’s resurrecting proposals to reshape American life from the cradle to the grave by lowering the cost of child care, expanding preschool opportunities and making home aides more available to the elderly. The...

Alabama lawmakers approve tax breaks for businesses that help employees afford child care

May. 07, 2024 21:01 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday gave final approval to legislation to provide state tax breaks to businesses that help their employees afford childcare. The Alabama Senate voted 31-0 for the bill that now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature. Supporters said...

One way to appreciate teachers: These schools provide their day care

May. 07, 2024 06:04 AM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — When Christina Zimmerman returned to teaching last year after maternity leave, she grappled with postpartum depression that she says could have led to quitting her job. But her school’s onsite day care made all the difference, as she knew her daughter was just...

These cities raised taxes — for child care. Parents say the free day care 'changed my life'

Apr. 30, 2024 03:17 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Last summer, Derrika Richard felt stuck. She didn’t have enough money to afford child care for her three youngest children, ages 1, 2 and 3. Yet the demands of caring for them on a daily basis made it impossible for Richard, a hairstylist, to work. One child care assistance...

America’s child care crisis is holding back moms without college degrees

Apr. 23, 2024 11:02 AM EDT

AUBURN, Wash. (AP) — After a series of lower-paying jobs, Nicole Slemp finally landed one she loved. She was a secretary for Washington’s child services department, a job that came with her own cubicle, and she had a knack for working with families in difficult situations. Slemp...

California is rolling out free preschool. That hasn't solved challenges around child care

Apr. 20, 2024 07:45 AM EDT

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A year before I-Ting Quinn's son was old enough for kindergarten, she and her husband had the option to enroll him in “transitional kindergarten,” a program offered for free by California elementary schools for some 4-year-olds. Instead, they kept their...

Legislation would give tax credits to companies that help workers afford childcare

Apr. 16, 2024 19:42 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Tuesday advanced legislation that would provide state tax breaks to businesses that help their employees afford childcare. The House Ways and Means Education Committee approved the bill, which was backed by both advocacy groups for women...