The COVID-19 youngster care disaster hits Black and brown girls the toughest

Black child care workers in North Carolina demand support from lawmakers

By Tina Vasquez

Early childhood educator Shirley Torrence, who owns a five-star licensed child care center in North Carolina, said her center cared for over 30 children and was in the midst of expanding when the pandemic hit. Everything came to a stop, Torrence said, and she was forced to lay off employees as the number of children enrolled dwindled to 11. As the pandemic wore on, a family exposed the center to COVID-19.

For working moms, long-term school and child care closures may force an ‘impossible’ balancing act

By Ashton Lattimore

The U.S. already faced a shortage of child care slots that left many families without anywhere to send their children, especially Black and brown and low-income families. Now, according to the Center for American Progress (CAP), national child care capacity may be cut in half permanently as a result of the widespread closures mandated by the pandemic.

Treating child care as ‘basic infrastructure’ means valuing Black and brown women’s work

By Ashton Lattimore

“Together, African American and Hispanic early educators are overrepresented in roles that place their wages not only at the bottom of the early childhood workforce, but at the bottom of the entire U.S. labor market,” explain the authors of a white paper on racial wage gaps in early education, published by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE).

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Ashton Lattimore is the editor-in-chief of Prism. Follow her on Twitter @ashtonlattimore.

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