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Amy McCoy signs to a baby about food as a toddler finishes lunch behind at her Forever Young Daycare facility Oct. 25, 2021, in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. Child care centers once operated under the promise that it would always be there when parents have to work. Now, each teacher resignation, coronavirus exposure, and day care center closure reveals an industry on the brink, with wide-reaching implications for an entire economy's workforce. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Amy McCoy signs to a baby about food as a toddler finishes lunch behind at her Forever Young Daycare facility Oct. 25, 2021, in Mountlake Terrace, Washington. Child care centers once operated under the promise that it would always be there when parents have to work. Now, each teacher resignation, coronavirus exposure, and day care center closure reveals an industry on the brink, with wide-reaching implications for an entire economy's workforce. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Exacerbated by pandemic, child care crisis hampers economy (access required)

The absence of reliable and affordable child care limits which jobs people can accept and ultimately restricts the ability of the broader economy to grow.