A workforce conundrum: Low-paid child care providers need to learn more to earn more, but learning more isn’t cheap

During the recent eclipse craze, Rosa Lopez taught the 3- and 4-year-olds she cares for about the science behind the big event that had everyone titling their heads to the sky. She showed them pictures and they made art projects out of black and yellow construction paper.

“They kept reciting it, like, ‘The eclipse is when the sun was covered by the moon like this,’ ” Lopez recalled with a warm chuckle. “They were so eager to learn it and they were telling their parents and the other teachers. And I was like, Oh my god, I taught them that.”

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