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As staffing issues persist, child care leaders and providers call for federal lifeline

Students at MySchool in East Hampton, Connecticut.
MySchool/Veronica Phelps

Children 4 and under are still too young to be vaccinated in the U.S. This is just one of the many pandemic-related challenges for child care providers. Now, Connecticut leaders and advocates are pushing for more federal funding toward child care. Biden's Build Back Better Act, if passed, could mean millions for the industry.

What are the factors driving child care staffing issues in our state? What's being done to address child care "deserts"? This hour, hear from Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Commissioner Beth Bye, and Veronica Phelps, the owner and operator of My School in East Hampton.

Plus, All Our Kin President Erica Phillips touches on the important role family child care providers play.

GUESTS:

  • Veronica Phelps - Owner/Operator, My School in East Hampton
  • Beth Bye - Commissioner, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood
  • Erica Phillips - President, All Our Kin, Inc.
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