VIDEO: Let’s Fix America’s ‘Care Infrastructure’

By Pat Kreitlow

May 10, 2024

Parents may need to miss work Monday or find other child care arrangements as providers and supportive parents help them mark the annual Day Without Child Care, with events designed to draw attention to the ongoing crisis affecting the industry.
There is a growing shortage of child care options as some providers become less affordable in order to compete for a smaller pool of quality workers. Many child care providers have closed permanently. Others will close for a day on Monday to show how dire the situation could become in the near-future.
Kate Duffy, co-founder of Motherhood for Good in Wisconsin, explains why elected officials should treat the care infrastructure —for children, the elderly, and the disabled — with the same importance as traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges. All, she says, are necessary for a healthy economy.

@upnorthnews Parents may need to miss work Monday or find other child care arrangements as providers and supportive parents help them mark the annual Day Without Child Care, with events designed to draw attention to the ongoing crisis affecting the industry. There is a growing shortage of child care options as some providers become less affordable in order to compete for a smaller pool of quality workers. Many child care providers have closed permanently. Others will close for a day on Monday to show how dire the situation could become in the near-future. Kate Duffy, co-founder of Motherhood for Good in Wisconsin, explains why elected officials should treat the care infrastructure —for children, the elderly, and the disabled — with the same importance as traditional infrastructure such as roads and bridges. All, she says, are necessary for a healthy economy. Corrine Hendrickson, a New Glarus-based provider and advocate, will talk about the challenges in her industry Monday morning at 7:30 on UpNorthNews Radio. #wisconsin #wisconsinnews #childcare ♬ original sound – UpNorthNews

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  • Pat Kreitlow

    The Founding Editor of UpNorthNews, Pat was a familiar presence on radio and TV stations in western Wisconsin before serving in the state Legislature. After a brief stint living in the Caribbean, Pat and wife returned to Chippewa Falls to be closer to their growing group of grandchildren. He now serves as UNN's chief political correspondent and host of UpNorthNews Radio, airing weekday mornings 6 a.m.-8 a.m on the Civic Media radio network and the UpNorthNews Facebook page.

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