WVNS – Close to 70,000 West Virginia children live in households where all parents work, according to data the West Virginia Center for Policy and Budget released in 2020.
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For every available childcare provider, more than three children are waiting. Like those in most industries, Beckley daycare providers said, since the pandemic, finding workers is harder than ever.
“A few years ago, we did some demands on they needed to have some experience, they need to have some education,” reported Deborah Tyree, co-owner of Rising Stars Childcare, which operates four daycare centers in Raleigh County. “But, right now, we can’t even find someone off the street that will work more than a week at a time.”
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